PREPARE FOR YOUR 
SPRAY FOAM PROJECT

Here are some tips to help you get ready for your project using Secure Set Spray Foam

 

Thank you for ordering Secure Set Spray Foam.  We want your project to be a success.


Whether you are leveling concrete, filling a void, shoring up pool steps, or something similar, we’ve got some tips to help you out. 

While you are waiting for you order to arrive, take some time to review the following information.  98% of our customers who followed the steps below told us their Secure Set project was successful.  

Step 1:  Watch Videos that are relevant to your project 

Step 2:  Read the Instructions – You’ll be glad you did.

At the bottom of this page you will find downloadable guides for using Secure Set Spray Foam.  

We encourage you to print these out and review them at least once.  

Many customers have told us they read these several times.  

Step 3:  Gather Supplies

Here are some supplies you’ll want to have on hand for your project.  Each project is unique and may require additional supplies or quantities. If you don’t already own these, this is a good time to purchase them.

  • 3/8” Masonry Drill Bit –  Buy a length that is a little longer than the thickness of your concrete.  If you aren’t sure, buy a 10” or 12” length.

  • Electric hammer drill – if you don’t own one, you can rent one.  

  • Hammer – used for identifying void area

  • Chalk – to mark void area and drilling targets

  • Electrical tape – to wrap conical nozzle ends for tight fit in hole

  • Brake cleaner or acetone – for cleanup of  spray foam

  • Protective eyewear / safety goggles

  • Nitrile Gloves

  • Endoscope – (Optional) These can be very helpful in viewing voids, we suggest one that has a front and side view option.

And for hard to reach voids

  • 1/2” CPVC pipe, connectors, and CPVC cement.

  • 1” wide Fiber Reinforced Strapping Tape – to secure spray gun nozzle to CPVC pipe

Downloadable Guides

Secure Set Spray Foam Instructions

Secure Set
Spray Foam Instructions

This is an instruction set you will definitely want to read to make your project a success.
Secure Set Spray Foam Temperature Guide

Secure Set
Spray Foam Temperature Guide

There is an ideal temperature range to get the best results from Secure Set Spray Foam. This applies to product temperature, ambient temperature, and ground temperature.
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Secure Set
Spray Foam
Cold Weather Precautions

If you are planning to use Secure Set Spray Foam when temperatures are under 65℉, you'll want to download and read these instructions.
How to Use Extension Tubes with  Secure Set Spray Foam

Secure Set
Spray Foam
Using Extension Tubes

Extension tubes can help you fill hard to reach voids. Be sure to read these tips for best results when using extension tubes.
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Secure Set
Spray Foam
Coverage Guide

Use this guide to estimate the volume of spray foam that will fill a void in 1 minute of spray time.

How many nozzles to order?

The number of nozzles needed depends on the size of the project, but it is always better to have too many nozzles than too few.  We can pack additional nozzles in the spray foam box with your order.

Here are some things to consider:

  • The kit comes with 5 conical nozzles and 5 fan nozzles.
  • Any unused product is good for the remainder of the shelf life shown on the canisters, but the hose/gun kit will generally dry up after approximately 30-days, when stored as per instructions. 
  • If you are lifting concrete, consider how many holes you will be drilling.  Order at least two nozzles per hole.  If product doesn’t flow through the nozzle for 15-30 seconds, the product will harden and you’ll need to change the nozzle.
  • If you are planning to use extension tubes to fill an extended void, you will want extra nozzles.

Should I order an extra hose / gun?

Keep in mind the foam hardens quickly when the components are mixed.  Drying in the mixing nozzle can happen in as little as 15 to 20 seconds because of heat and/or humidity. 

If the nozzle dries on the gun, it cannot be removed.  If the nozzle clogs up too much, it can create back pressure of the foam into the gun, ruining the gun.  

If you expect to have longer pauses between use, you will want to remove the nozzle, clean the hose gun and apply petroleum jelly to the orifices on the face of the gun. 

If you don’t use all the product on the same day and you don’t expect to use the rest within 30-days, you might want to order a replacement hose and gun kit. 

Tips for Use and Clean Up

Clean up:
Always cover and protect work areas to avoid potential overspray, blow back spray, leakage, and foam that pops up in low pressure areas and cracks (or possible malfunction of a hose/gun or fittings). 
 
Remove any foam before allowing it to cure, since it will be much harder or impossible to remove once cured.  Cut away as much foam as possible with a sharp knife, saw, or razor blade before trying to remove the stained areas.
 
Acetone:  can be used to remove uncured foam from tools and some surfaces.  DO NOT USE acetone on the spray foam applicator/gun, since it can create moisture inside the openings of the gun and can also warp/melt the o-ring on the gun.  Just wipe away any foam residue on the face of the gun and apply petroleum jelly for storage.  Before using cleaners or solvents on any other surface, check first to make sure the surface will not be damaged or discolored.
 
Paint thinner:  to soften and slightly dissolve uncured foam from spray foam mixing nozzles and mixing rods.  Soak mixers in a container of paint thinner for approximately 10 minutes, then remove the black static mixer from inside the nozzle with a needle nose pliers, and scrub the mixer with a brush to completely remove the softened foam.  Always be careful not the break the fragile black mixer. 
 
The drill style mixer (in the liquid mix/pour kits) with uncured foam on it can be soaked in paint thinner or acetone and spun off, then dried before reusing.  If it has hardened foam then chip it away with a sharp knife.
 
Brake cleaner: can be used to remove 2-part foam stains from porous concrete surfaces, but doesn’t necessarily work on a polished concrete surface.  First, cut away as much foam as possible with a sharp knife or saw*, or razor blade, before trying to remove the stained areas.  Then spray brake cleaner intermittently while using a rotary wire brush on a drill for best results.  This process doesn’t necessarily work with just the red side product, if you encounter a leak or while emptying the tanks.
 
*Note:  Anytime the foam has been cut it will now be susceptible to absorbing moisture, since 1000’s of micro closed cells have now been opened.  Just use any spray paint over the cut foam areas to reseal the foam.  
 
 
Spray Foam applicator/gun:
If the Spray Foam applicator/gun has become clogged, there is no known way of unclogging/repairing it.  This can happen when there is back pressure from a clogged nozzle or extension tube, or from allowing foam to harden on the face of the gun.  The gun cannot be taken apart and cleaned and solvents cannot be run through this type of hose/gun, since the o-rings and connection inside the gun could be destroyed.  It has essentially become inoperable and must be replaced with a new hose/gun kit to continue the use of the canister system.  If you happen to have another kit with a useable hose/gun kit, it can quickly be changed out one hose at a time, in order to avoid too much air exposure. 

SDS Sheets

View and Download the SDS sheets for Secure Set Mix & Pour Foam below.