What is LizardSkin?
LizardSkin is a line of products that help reduce heat and noise for cars and trucks of all sizes. Developed by Mascoat, the leader in insulating coatings, the 2 coatings have been proven on thousands of vehicles in the last 10 years.
What is the difference between the three products?
LizardSkin CI – Ceramic Insulation is designed to reduce engine and solar heat transfer.
LizardSkin SC – Sound Control is used to dramatically reduce road noise and noise transfer.
LizardSkin TopCoat does not have any insulation or sound damping qualities, but is instead intended to add durability, traction, and a glossy appearance to the other coatings. It can be used as a standalone product, if desired.
What colors are available?
LizardSkin SC is available in flat black. Ceramic Insulation is available in both flat black and white.
Will it prevent rusting?
When applied to a properly prepared surface, both LizardSkin products will create a seamless membrane, creating a constant protective moisture barrier with no gaps or seams. This will prevent future rust from forming by sealing the substrate. LizardSkin products are NOT a rust encapsulating product.
What is the expiration date of the product for opened and unopened material?
Unopened product is good 1 year from the date of manufacture; opened containers should be used within 90 days of opening. The expiration date of the product is clearly listed on the label of each pail.
Will LizardSkin work as hood insulation?
Yes, it can be put on the underside of the hood to help protect exterior paint finishes.
What do I need to apply LizardSkin?
Please see our Preparation Page for a full list of equipment needed.
If I am using both Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation, which product should I apply first?
Always apply Lizardskin Sound Control (SC) before Ceramic Insulation (CI). For more information, see our applications page.
What parts of the car/truck do you apply it to?
For best results, it is recommended to coat the entire interior with both CI and SC. Typical applications for both products include firewalls, floor pans, transmission tunnels, doors, hoods, trunk lids, under headliners, inside fenders, panel van walls and any other areas that allow heat and/or sound into the interior..
Can it be used as a bed liner or a floorboard?
We do not recommend the use of LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation or Sound Control as a bed liner. Although the products are very tough and durable, they are not designed to withstand the rigors that bedliner materials are subject to. Bed liners materials CAN be applied over the top of LizardSkin. Please call for further details. Four-wheel and off-road enthusiasts have used the product on floorboards, but it is recommended to apply a Urethane topcoat to enhance durability.
Can it be used as an undercoating to prevent starring?
Yes, both LizardSkin CI and LizardSkin SC can be used on the interior or exterior of the vehicle. Example: fenders, rear wheels, firewall, transmission tunnel and floorboards.
Can LizardSkin products be used together?
For maximum sound control and insulation performance, both LizardSkin coatings may be used, but it is important that LizardSkin Sound Control be applied prior to application of LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation. Once they are fully cured (48 hours), you can use LizardSkin TopCoat to add durability, traction, and a glossy appearance.
Can I mix or combine the products together so I spray them both at the same time?
The products CANNOT be mixed together because Ceramic Insulation and Sound Control are two different formulations.
Can you put it on the inside and outside of the firewall, transmission tunnel and floor board?
Yes, when applying on both sides of the substrate you will apply 20 mils on the exterior and 20 mils on the interior, achieving a total of 40 mils total thickness; sealing protecting and insulating both sides of the substrate.
Does the substrate need any preparation before application of LizardSkin?
- Surface must be clean, dry, and free of rust, oil, and grease.
- Bare steel requires an automotive primer. High gloss primers and painted surfaces will require a scuffing prior to application. Any primer over a week old will need scuffing. Epoxy primers must be scuffed prior to application of LizardSkin
- Silicone seam sealers will need an automotive primer. If it was applied more than 3 days prior to LizardSkin application, then the surface should be lightly scuffed.
- Fiberglass, wood, plastic, and stainless steel will need to be scuffed with at least 120 grit sandpaper. Make sure any residual dust or particulates are cleaned off the surface before applying LizardSkin.
- When applying LizardSkin over a rust encapsulator or similar type of coating, you need to use a primer manufactured or approved by that company and applied according to their instructions before applying LizardSkin. After applying the primer, it should be scuffed.
- Mask off all areas not intended to be sprayed with LizardSkin.
- Use aluminum foil to cover irregular shaped components, including; steering columns, brake and throttle pedal assemblies, wiring, suspension components, and any screw holes or threaded holes.
When putting on both sides of substrate how many mils do you use (single and tandem)?
For LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation or LizardSkin Sound Control you will apply 20 mils on each side of the substrate for a total of 40 mils. If only coating one side, please apply 40 mils in two (2) separate 20 mil coats.
How long do you wait in between coats?
Time between coats is dependent on temperature and humidity, but will usually fall between 30 minutes and 1 hour. The best way to test is the 90-degree thumb test. Place your thumb on the first coat and twist 90 degrees. If no coating is apparent on your thumb, it is ready for the next coat. If you are applying LizardSkin CI on top of LizardSkin SC, you must allow the SC a full 24 hours of drying time before application of CI.
Can I roll or brush this product on?
We strongly recommend that the LizardSkin products be applied with the LizardSkin SuperPro Spray Application Kit. When using a brush or roller, the insulating and damping particles will stick to the apparatus, resulting in reduced performance of the product(s). Small applications of less than 1 square foot can be brushed. Please call for further instructions.
Can LizardSkin go on top of a bed liner product (RhinoLinings®, Line-X®, etc.)?
No, LizardSkin should not be placed on top of a bed liner. While LizardSkin is very durable, it is not as hard as the liner products. Either coating can be applied PRIOR to application of a bed liner in certain applications, but ensure that the LizardSkin is completely cured first (24-48 hours).
What temperature should you apply LizardSkin?
Both coatings should be applied in temperatures greater than 70?F (21?C) to allow the coating to properly cure.
How do I mix LisardSkin when it's in the pail?
Please use the red mixing paddle provided with the SuperPro Application Kit attached to a variable speed drill. If you do not have one, you can contact us at 800-549-0042 to get a replacement paddle. Mix the product at low speed (less than 300 RPM) moving the paddle up, down, and around until it reaches a smooth consistency. Normal mix time is less than one minute.
Can I thin LizardSkin with water to make it go further?
No, thinning LizardSkin will greatly reduce its effectiveness. Water is usually not needed and should be added with extreme caution! The addition of too much water will affect both adhesion and insulation properties. If thinning is absolutely necessary, add only 2 oz of water at a time. Never exceed more than 4 oz. per gallon of product.
Can LizardSkin be sprayed on plastic?
Yes, but the surface will need a light scuffing prior to application. You will also need to wipe off any residue the scuffing leaves behind.
Can I order parts for my SuperPro spray gun? LizardSkin be sprayed on plastic?
For questions about the SuperPro Spray Kit, please call us at 800-549-0042.
Can it be sanded?
Yes, if sanding is required for a smooth surface we recommend 45-50 mils dry film thickness to account for product being removed in the sanding process.
Can it be painted? If so, with what?
Yes, as long as any topcoat products have at least 15% flexibility/elongation. Most automotive paints have that. Most common automotive primers are acceptable. If you are unsure, please call 1-800-549-0042.
What is the texture of LizardSkin?
LizardSkin Sound Control has a similar finished texture to that of most common bed liners. LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation has a finished texture similar to an exaggerated orange peel.
How do I clean LizardSkin once it's dry?
Soap and water or a mild degreaser if necessary.
How do I remove any overspray from application of LizardSkin?
Wet overspray can be cleaned up with soap and water. If it has dried, either pick it using your fingernails or you can use Meguair’s Clay Bar (or other similar products) to clean small affected areas. Please remember that prevention is best because we can't have a product that is adheres for life and is also easy to remove. Please tape and cover any areas you don’t want product on prior to application of LizardSkin.
What type of glue can I use to glue upholstery to LizardSkin Insulation?
Any standard upholstery glue is acceptable, but LizardSkin must be completely cured prior to application.
What happens to the product if it encounters temperatures greater than 500?F?
If the product encounters temperatures greater than 500?F, then it may become brittle and lose adhesion, causing it to fall off the surface to which it was applied.