FAQs

General

Are there any special tools I should use for easier application?

Recommended tools for application can be found under the section “How Can DeconGel Be Applied?” These tools are recommended for large and small jobs as well as spray and non-spray applications. No additional tools are required.

Can DeconGel be shipped via air?

Yes, the gels are considered non-hazardous and not regulated by DOT.

Can I apply DeconGel in freezing temperatures?

Because the gel is water-based it will thicken as temperature decreases making it difficult to spread. It should therefore be only applied under recommended temperatures (40-90˚F or 4-32˚C).

Can I speed up the dry time?

Absolutely. Reduction of humidity through a de-humidifier may be implemented in enclosed spaces. Additionally, fans can be used. Both dehumidifiers and fans will increase dry time without sacrificing efficacy.

Can the public purchase DeconGel?

DeconGel is generally sold via a network of professional distributors. The public can purchase sample kits of DeconGel through our website or via our distributors. Distributors are located on our “partner” page. Partners can provide DeconGel in larger quantities.

Does DeconGel have an odor?

The gel is considered to have minimal odor and respirators are not required in open spaces. However, as with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed. Please observe all safety precautions and local, state and federal regulations concerning chemical use in enclosed spaces. Only use DeconGel in well ventilated areas.

How can DeconGel be applied?

DeconGel 1101/1108:

For smaller areas apply by use of trowel, paint brush, or foam brush. The gel may also be scrubbed using bristle brushes followed by trowel for an even coating at appropriate film thickness.

For larger areas the use of a standing notch trowel kit and blade can be used. We recommend:

Standing Notch Trowel Kit (Handle, bracket, clevis)
Item # MT-ST630
http://www.tooldogs.com

For smoother substrates (such as steel and glass):
Standing Trowel Blade-1/16 X 1/16 X 1/16 Flat V
Item # MT-STB643
http://www.tooldogs.com

For rougher substrates (such as brick and bare concrete)
Standing Trowel Blade-1/4 X 1/8 X 1/4 Square
Item # MT-STB635
http://www.tooldogs.com

DeconGel 1120/1128:

Apply the gel using a handheld paint sprayer. We recommend a Wagner 7.2 GPH Wide Shot Max Power Painter (Model # 0518003)
http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarestore.com

DeconGel 1121
Apply the gel using an industrial power airless paint sprayer with a minimum of PSI of 3000. We recommend a Graco Ultra Max 795 with a #621 spray tip.
http://www.thepaintstore.com

How can I tell when DeconGel is dry?

DeconGel will lose its clear blue luster and will appear opaque blue when dry. In some instances certain substrates will react with DeconGel and cause the gel to turn clear. In such cases the dried gel will appear dull. As always please test a small patch of the dried gel to ensure it is completely dry. When dry it should peel easily from the surface.

How do I dispose of DeconGel?

DeconGel in wet or dry form can be disposed of through normal waste streams without regulation. However, it must be noted that the dried gel and the contamination removed and encapsulated in it must be disposed of accordingly by local and state regulations. For example, if plutonium is cleaned using the gel, the dried gel and the plutonium encapsulated within it must be disposed of properly.

How easy it to peel dried DeconGel?

Peeling may be facilitated through the use of three things: substrate, buddy tab, and film thickness. A buddy tab is a piece of tape upon which a portion of the dried gel rests. When you lift the buddy tab it lifts up the edge of the dried gel, making it easier to grab hold of. The gel is very easy to peel from any surface as long as the film thickness is appropriate for that substrate. Smooth surfaces at even very low film thickness. As the roughness of the substrate increases, a thicker coating of gel is needed.

How long does it take DeconGel to dry?

Gel dry time is dependent on many factors including thickness applied, humidity, and temperature. Most applications will dry within 24 hours. Additional time may be required for jobs where multiple coats have been applied, or jobs with very porous substrates in which extra gel has been applied. DeconGel should not harden in the bottle if partially used as long as the cap is kept tightly closed.

How thick should I apply it?

DeconGel should be applied only as thickly as necessary to decontaminate the surface of the substrate. Porous substrates such as brick and bare concrete require more gel to compensate for the pores and rough surface than would glass or smooth stainless steel. For very rough surfaces it is recommended that a minimum of a 3/8″ V notched trowel be used to apply a product such as DeconGel 1101 and 1108. For less porous surfaces such as steel and tile a 1/8″ V notched trowel should suffice.

DeconGel 1120, 1121 and 1128 sprays on porous substrates such as bare concrete and grout require additional gel to compensate for the pores. A minimum of 2 coats are recommended. For very rough surfaces such as brick and bare concrete three to five coats should be applied. Less porous substrates such as smooth stainless steel and glass one to two coats should suffice.
Is DeconGel flammable?

DeconGel is considered to be non-flammable. As with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed.

Is DeconGel hazardous?

The gel is non hazardous as defined by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In and of itself, the gel, dry or wet, can be disposed of as regular waste. However, it must be noted that the dried gel and the contamination removed and encapsulated in it must be disposed of accordingly by local and state regulations. For example, if plutonium is cleaned using the gel, the dried gel and the plutonium encapsulated within it must be disposed of properly.

Is DeconGel ready-to-use as is?

The gel is ready-to-go out of the bottle if within spec temperatures (40-90˚F or 4-32˚C). If frozen the gel can be allowed to warm to room temperature and then used as normal. DO NO DILUTE THE GEL. This will reduce, if not eliminate, efficacy.

Is DeconGel safe to use?

DeconGel is considered safe to use and handle. As with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed.

Is there anything I should NOT use DeconGel on?

DeconGel should not be used on fabrics or carpets or anything with a closed loop pile or metal woven texture, such as Velcro® or woven metal braided wire bundles. Because the gel gets into minute spaces it becomes almost impossible to peel from these types of materials. If the gel is supposed to left in place and not peeled, then the gel can be used on these surfaces as a coating.

Since the gel is water soluble, what happens if it rains?

If medium to heavy rain impacts DeconGel before it is dry it may wash away the gel, therefore we recommend that DeconGel only be applied in dry conditions. While DeconGel can be applied over damp surfaces, large puddles and wet areas will reduce the gel’s ability to dry and may inhibit efficacy.

What happens if DeconGel freezes?

DeconGel is freeze/thaw stable. If the gel freezes allow it to warm to room temperature and use as normal.

What if I applied DeconGel and now it’s too thin to peel?

If too thin of a layer has been applied, it can be easily remedied by adding an additional coat or two to the dried gel in question. Allow to dry for the recommended time. If the coat is thick but difficult to peel, first try scoring a corner with a razor or knife and lifting it up to begin the peel. If it still won’t peel, the area may not be fully dry. Allow additional time before attempting to peel again.

What is the shelf life of DeconGel?

Shelf life from time of purchase is five years. Once a bottle is opened it should be stored properly with a tightly screwed cap.

What is the square foot coverage?

Coverage depends on the thickness of the layer applied. Below are calculated common square-foot coverage’s for recommended application tools:

Small Jobs:

Application Tool Tooth Size/type Coverage per gallon (sqft)*
Hand Trowels Green (3/8″) 26
Orange (3/16″) 46
Red (1/8″) 76

*Measurements are applicable to non-porous surfaces @ 90 degree angle.  Substrates with grooves, ridges, and pours will have less coverage.

Large Jobs:

Application Tool Tooth Size/type Coverage per gallon (sqft)*
Long-handled trowels

1/8″x3/16″x1/8″ U

45

1/8″x3/16″x1/8″ U

36

1/8″x1/8″x1/16″ V

62

1/4″x1/8″x1/4″ □

53**

1/4″x1/8″x1/4″ □

32

1/16″x1/16″x1/16″ □

80

*Measurements are applicable to non-porous surfaces @ 90 degree angle.  Substrates with grooves, ridges, and pours will have less coverage.

What kind of sprayer can I use?
What quantities/package sizes does DeconGel come in?

DeconGel comes in 1 liter bottles, 5 gallon pails, and 250 gallon totes.

What size spray tip should I use?
Why is the gel blue?

The gel is specifically formulated to be blue so as to determine the film thickness when applied. This allows the user to “gain a feel” for the thickness when spraying the product. Because of this formulation, thicker coatings will appear darker in blue color than thinner coatings which appear lighter blue.

Will DeconGel irritate my skin?

As with all cleaning products, the gel may cause mild to moderate skin irritation. However, as with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed. If irritation occurs please consult with your physician immediately.

Will DeconGel stain?

The gel is formulated to minimize staining, however we recommend that DeconGel be tested on an inconspicuous location on the substrate under question to ascertain whether it stains or not. As with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed.

Technical Questions

Can DeconGel be mixed or used with other chemicals?

DeconGel is a decontamination product and can be used over surface contaminants as described above. DeconGel should not be mixed with other chemicals, but can be placed over other chemicals to encapsulate them.

Can DeconGel be used as a protective coating and not peeled off?

DeconGel can be used as a prophylactic to provide temporary barrier protection or to seal in contaminants. Keep in mind that DeconGel is water soluble, therefore care should be taken to ensure that the coating does not come in contact with water, otherwise the dried coating could be washed off.

Can DeconGel be used to remove or encapsulate mold?

DeconGel has excellent properties to remove mold and other bio-organisms. DeconGel is formulated with basic biocides that enable it to have a 99.9% kill against common bacteria. The gel works to encapsulate mold and remove it from substrates often preventing mold from re-occurring. Surfaces can also be coated with DeconGel with the intention of leaving the gel in place to deter mold growth.

Can DeconGel penetrate into a substrate to remove contaminants?

DeconGel has special properties that “wet out” a surface allowing the gel to penetrate into contiguous pores. Often contamination is considered “fixed” when in fact the contaminants are actually “loose” but trapped within pores, unable to be removed via common decontamination techniques. DeconGel can get within these pores and remove these contaminants making it appear that DeconGel has actually penetrated the substrate.

Can DeconGel remove oil, crude oil or other petroleum products?

DeconGel is designed to encapsulate toxic industrial chemicals including petroleum based chemicals. DeconGel has been formulated for this specific need.

Can I get a free sample?

Free samples of DeconGel are offered on a case by case basis. Government, Defense and educational institutions can usually obtain a free 1 litre sample.

Can I sell DeconGel on my own website?

CBI Polymers does not control the re-sale of DeconGel via websites that have purchased the product through CBI Polymers or one of our distributors.

Does DeconGel have residual ethanol in the dried film?

There is no detectable ethanol in any DeconGel 1101 or 1121 samples after 6 hours. Based on calibration data, the quantitative detection limit is just under 10 ppm based on analytical and test methods conventionally used in the coatings industry. However, CBI Polymers does not guarantee nor warrant the data or interpretations included in this report. In areas where this is a concern users must conduct their own tests and verify the validity of the findings themselves.

Does DeconGel meet GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) criteria?

DeconGel is not a food additive and is not subject to pre-market review by the FDA. Do not add DeconGel do any item that is consumed by humans or animals.

Does DeconGel prevent encapsulated materials from outgassing?

Some solvents and chemicals may outgas from dried DeconGel.

Does DeconGel react with acids?

DeconGel is designed to encapsulate toxic industrial chemicals including acids. However, DeconGel has not been tested against every conceivable acid, therefore cannot guarantee nor warrant that there will be no reactions. If the use of DeconGel is in doubt please consult with your corporate chemists or call CBI Polymers.

Does DeconGel remove paint, paint drips or paint stains?

DeconGel is designed not to remove properly bonded materials such as paint or stain. However, if the paint is flaky or improperly applied to an ill prepared surface then DeconGel could remove the paint or stain. As always please test an inconspicuous area before using DeconGel.

Does DeconGel work against Chemical Warfare Agents and Biological Warfare Agents?

For CWA/BWA questions please call CBI Polymers at (888) 344-0073. Questions and answers may be restricted to qualified personnel only.

How can I become an official certified DeconGel Distributor?

CBI Polymers offers exclusive and non-exclusive distributorships. Please contact CBI Polymers at (888) 344-0073 for general inquiries.

Is DeconGel CE certified?

DeconGel does not fit within the parameters of products requiring European Union CE certification.

Is DeconGel controlled under a national chemical identifier (CAS, AICS, DSL, ECL, EINECS, ELINCS, ENCS, NDSL, NZIoC, PICCS, REACH, SWISS, TSCA) protocols?

Currently DeconGel is not exported in sufficient quantities to require certification under a national chemical identifier. However this is a constantly changing requirement and DeconGel may be assigned or require a national chemical identifier.

Is DeconGel controlled under the Dept. of Commerce?

No

Is DeconGel controlled under the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR)?

No

Is DeconGel corrosive to metals?

Because DeconGel is designed to bind with heavy metals such as cadmium, there is a possibility for corrosion to occur. Please consult with CBI Polymers for your specific issue and we’ll assist as best we can. For those organizations that have the capability to conduct their own testing, we recommend that you test DeconGel to ensure your satisfaction before using the product.

Is DeconGel export restricted?

Currently DeconGel is not restricted under ITAR or Department of Commerce rules. Please check with your country import requirements before ordering DeconGel.

Is DeconGel harmful to pets if eaten?

DeconGel is a chemical and with all chemical products please observe all precautions on the Material Safety Data Sheet and use only as directed. If your pet should consume DeconGel please consult with your veterinarian immediately.

Is there a government discount when purchasing DeconGel?

Generally speaking most government and Defense agencies receive a discount when purchasing DeconGel. DeconGel is not currently on a GSA schedule. For government specific purchases please call (888) 344-0073.

What is the smallest amount of DeconGel that I can order?

DeconGel can be ordered in one-liter sample kits from the DeconGel web site.

What types of contaminants does DeconGel encapsulate?

DeconGel can encapsulate most radioactive isotopes such as H-3, C-14, F-18, I-125, I-131, Tc-99, TI-201, Tritiated-Thymadine and Transuranics such as Am-241, Pu-238, Pu-239, Pu-240, Pu-241, Pu-242, Cs-137, Cs-134, co-60, Mn-54, Fe-55, Ni-63, Ni-59, Sr-90 and C0-58 as well as most Toxic Industrial Chemical and Materials such as Asbestos, PCB, Crude Oil, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Selium, Silver, Zinc, and Molybdenum, just to name a few.