FAQs

Q1: How do you mix CIM?

The CIM coatings have two components: CIM Premix and CIM Activator. Each container has a color coded label in order to assist with identifying the appropriate combination of CIM Premix and CIM Activator. One-gallon cans should be mixed with a 3” spiral blade. Five-gallon pails should be mixed with an 8” mud mixer. All CIM products are to be mixed for three (3) minutes by mechanical means before being applied. IG-8: Instruction Guide Mixing CIM Premix and Activator has more detailed information regarding mixing CIM.

Q2: Can I break-down a unit of the CIM Premix and CIM Activator?

Each CIM Premix and CIM Activator is pre-measured. It is critical that the appropriate amount of CIM activator be mixed with the appropriate amount of CIM Premix. Therefore, CIM does not recommend breaking down units of the material. CIM 1000TG and CIM 1061 come in one (1) gallon units for smaller projects and we also sell the CIM 1000TG as a dual cartridge.

Q3: What size packaging does CIM come in?

  • 5-Gallon Units: CIM 800, CIM 1000 and CIM 1061
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4.5-Gallon Pails: CIM 1000TG
  • .8-Gallon kits: CIM 1000TG and CIM 1061
  • 850ml Dual Cartridge: CIM 1000TG
For larger jobs the CIM material can be sold as drums or totes. Please contact your regional manager for more information.

Q4: Do your coatings come in different colors?

CIM is available in black (CIM 800, CIM 1000, CIM 1000TG and CIM 1061).
The CIM system can be topcoated to change the color by using colored aggregates or colored urethanes and epoxies in non immersion applications. Please review the CIM Instruction Guide IG-7 TOPCOATS for additional information.

Q5: Can CIM be applied to wet or green concrete?

CIM should be applied to dry concrete with less then 5% moisture. CIM recommends that two different types of moisture tests be conducted to ensure the concrete is dry before applying our coating. Please refer to the CIM Instruction Guide IG-2 Application of CIM to Concrete under section 4.4 Testing for Moisture has additional information regarding the test methods. If you have additional questions please contact CIM Headquarters.

Q6: Is CIM suitable for shower pan linings?

CIM is an excellent product to use for shower pans. CIM adheres tenaciously to substrates commonly found in shower pans including, stainless steel, galvanized steel, concrete, fiberglass, PVC, cast iron, wood, copper and previously coated surfaces. Unlike other coating systems CIM is cold applied and can be easily installed, It cures in as little as 4-hours. It does not require dangerous hot kettles or the need to transfer hot materials to location for use. CIM is also VOC compliant and has very low odor. Advantages of CIM: All CIM products are UPC and Building Code Approved as a shower pan liner, Low Odor, VOC Compliant, Cold Applied, Easy to Apply, Stops Leaks, Chemical Resistant, Elastomeric, Cures Quickly, Impermeable, Abrasion Resistant, Easy to Clean, Easy to Repair, Expands Life Expectancy

Q7: Can CIM be used in green roof applications?

CIM is an excellent waterproofing coating with the toughness and flexibility to extend the life of an existing roof or new construction for many years. CIM has been tested as a root barrier and passed the FLL Test for green roof membrane.

Q8: Can CIM help attain LEED points on a job?

CIM industrial coatings can help gain LEED Points in the following sections: Sustainable Sites
  • SS Credit 6.2: Stormwater Design – Quality Control (1 point) - The CIM polyurethane coating can be used to help implement a plan to infiltrate and capture storm water.
  • SS Credit 7.1: Heat Island Effect – Nonroof (1 point) - The CIM polyurethane coating can be used to waterproof greenroof applications.
  • SS Credit 7.2: Heat Island Effect Roof (1point) - The CIM polyurethane coating can be used to waterproof greenroof applications.
Water Efficiency
  • WE Credit 2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies (2 points) - The CIM industrial coating can be used to capture rainwater and recycled gray water.
Indoor Environmental Quality
  • IEQ Credit 4.1: Low-Emitting Materials – Adhesives and Sealants (1 point) CIM protective coatings meet or exceed VOC limits.
  • IEQ Credit 4.2: Low-Emitting Materials – Paints and Coatings (1 point) CIM protective coatings meet or exceed VOC limits.
  • IEQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials – Flooring Systems (1 point)
CIM protective coatings meet or exceed VOC limits.

Q9: Is CIM suitable for exposure to H2S gas (hydrogen sulfide)?

CIM has excellent chemical resistance to H2S gas. The CIM 1000 Chemical Resistance Chart has a number of other chemicals that the CIM coating is resistant to. Please contact your Regional Manager or CIM Headquarters if you have a chemical question that is not listed on the chart.

Q10: Which product should be used for a cooling tower basin?

CIM 1000, CIM 1000TG and CIM 1061 have all been used to coat and protect cooling tower basins. Unlike other coating systems for cooling towers CIM can be applied in a single application and may be placed into service within 24 hours. CIM is not affected by water treatment chemicals and will not affect water chemistry. CIM adheres tenaciously to substrates commonly found in cooling towers including, stainless steel, galvanized steel, concrete, fiberglass, and previously coated surfaces.

Q11: Is CIM approved for potable water contact? Where can I find the approval?

CIM is approved for potable water for tanks of 5,000 gallons and greater. CIM has the NSF/ANSI 61 Potable Water approval though Underwriters Laboratories and Water Quality Association.

Q12: Where can I buy spray equipment?

If you are looking for an air-assisted airless spray system both Binks and Graco manufacture pumps that have been used to spray CIM for over 25-years. Binks: Ph: 888.992.4657 Find a distributor: www.binks.com Graco: Ph: 800-690-2894 Find a distributor: www.graco.com CIM can also be sprayed using a plural component spray system. The Graco Xtreme Mix Spray System will allow for the correct ratios for the CIM Premix and CIM Activator. Properly configured plural spray units and air-assisted airless spray units can be purchased through: EnDiSys Attn: Dennis Dingman 14329 Northdale Blvd Rodgers, MN 55374 Ph: 763-428-5075 Fax: 763-428-5078 www.endisys.com Please refer to our CIM Instruction Guide IG-12 Spray Application of CIM for additional information about the correct spray equipment.

Q13: What size rolls does CIM come in?

CIM is a liquid and does not come in preformed rolls. CIM can be applied using conventional methods (brush, roller, and squeegee) and cures to form a rubber like lining. Because it is liquid applied it will easily conform to irregular shapes and around complex penetrations. CIM unlike sheet goods, will not permanently deform, but stands up better under stress and requires less initial site preparation. CIM, being liquid applied, leaves no seams, leaving no danger for seam failure.

Q14: Do you sell direct?

The CIM materials can be purchased through stocking distributors. To find the distributor nearest you please contact your Regional Manager or CIM Headquarters.

Q15: Where is CIM Headquartered?

CIM is headquartered in Peterborough, NH.
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