- Encapsulates & Binds Contaminants
- High Decontamination Factors
- Versatile, Simple Decontamination
- Reduces Manpower by up to 70%
- Reduces Waste by up to 90%
- Minimizes Workforce Exposure
- Minimizes Contaminated Waste Material
- Zero Preparation & Easy Application
- Non-Corrosive & Non-Flammable
- Water Soluble & Bio-Degradable
- Various Waste Disposal Approvals
- No Residue or By-Product
- Odorless & Safe to Use & Handle
- Decon for Critical Infrastructure
DeconGel is extremely versatile, for use on virtually any surface such as concrete, steel, painted or unpainted wood, aluminum, plexiglass, tile and grout, linoleum, and more. It’s easily sprayed or brushed onto any of these contaminated surfaces.
Drying time depends on a combination of ambient humidity, temperature, type of substrate, and applied wet film thickness, but drying can take as little time as one hour (for thin coats in a dry place with plenty of airflow) to overnight or longer (if thicker coats are applied in humid environments). Using fans, heat, and/or a dehumidifier can speed up drying time. Once dry, DeconGel peels easily and the film containing the encapsulated contamination can be disposed of according to appropriate local, state, and federal regulations.
DeconGel is a safe alternative to acids or soap and water. Large volumes of water are not needed with DeconGel, so there is no need to worry about contaminated run-off. The peelable polymer offers minimal compaction compared to other solutions and eliminates liquid by-product.
DeconGel has obtained the following waste disposal approvals, subject to the restrictions that apply to the contaminated encapsulated:
- Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Transuranic Waste Disposal Facility
- Disposal at low-level radioactive waste sites
- Incineration at U.S. commercial low-level waste facilities
- Approved disposal at low-level sites, such as the Energy Solutions Clive facility in Utah
- Approved incineration at the Bear Creek facility in Tennessee (another Energy Solutions site)
DeconGel is recommended for decontamination of radioisotopes as well as particulates, heavy metals, and water-soluble and insoluble organic compounds (including tritiated compounds). The hydrogel coating can be applied to horizontal, vertical, and inverted surfaces and can be applied to most surfaces including concrete (bare, coated, and painted), aluminum, steel, rubber, lead, plexiglass, herculite, wood, porcelain, tile grout, and floor tiles (vinyl, ceramic, and linoleum).
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.
More porous substrates such as brick and bare concrete require additional gel to compensate for the pores. For very rough surfaces it is recommended that a minimum of a 3/8” V notched trowel be used to apply the DeconGel 1101. For less porous surfaces such as steel and tile a 1/8” V notched trowel should suffice.
DeconGel 1120 and 1121
More porous substrates such as bare concrete and grout require additional gel to compensate for the pores. For very rough surfaces such as brick and bare concrete it is recommended that three to five coats be applied. For less porous substrates such as steel and glass one to two coats should suffice.
It is recommended that DeconGel be applied in only dry conditions. Large puddles and wet areas will reduce the gel’s ability to dry and may inhibit efficacy.
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.
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:
DeconGel 1101 · Standing Notch Trowel Kit (Handle, bracket, clevis):Item # MT-ST630http://www.tooldogs.com/· For smoother substrates (such as steel and glass):Standing Trowel Blade-1/16 X 1/16 X 1/16 Flat VItem # MT-STB643http://www.tooldogs.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MT-STB643· For rougher substrates (such as brick and bare concrete):Standing Trowel Blade-1/4 X 1/8 X 1/4 SquareItem # MT-STB635http://www.tooldogs.com/ DeconGel 1120 · Apply the gel using a handheld paint sprayer. We recommend a Wagner 7.2 GPH Wide Shot Max Power Painter (Model # 0518003) – see the picture below.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 – see the picture below.http://paint-and-supplies.hardwarestore.com
The gel is ready-to-go out of the bottle if within spec temperatues (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.
Because the gel is designed to clean in-tacted and harder surfaces it can not be used on carpet. The porosity and lack of strength of carpet make the gel difficult to peel.
The gel is formulated to minimize staining. The possibility of staining only occurs with low strength substances (such as bare, dry wood and carpet) in which all of the gel cannot be peeled.
The gel is considered to have minimal odor and respirators are not required.
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 through 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.
As with all cleaning products, the gel may cause mild to moderate skin irritation. If this occurs please refer to the MSDS for instructional guidance.
Peeling may be facilitated through the use of three things: substrate, buddy tab, and film thickness. 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.
The gels are non hazardous and not regulated by DOT.
DeconGel 1101 and 1120 come in 1 liter bottles, 5 gallon pails, and 200 liter drums. DeconGel 1121 is packaged in 5 gallon pails and 200 liter drums.
Please see “How Do I Apply DeconGel?”
please see “How Do I Apply DeconGel?”
Recommended tool for application can be found under the section “How Do I Apply DeconGel?”. These tools are recommended for large and small jobs as well as spray and non spray applications. No additional tools are recommended.
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.
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.
Shelf life from time of purchase is five years. Once a bottle is opened it should be stored properly with a tightly screwed cap.
DeconGel is freeze/thaw stable. If the gel freezes allow it to warm to room temperature and use as normal.
Because the gel is water-based it will thicken as temperature decreases making it difficult to spread. It should therefore be applied under recommended temperatures (40-90˚F or 4-32˚C).
Disposal of DeconGel in wet or dry form can be diposed 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.
Coverage depends on the thickness of the layer applied. Below are calculated common square-foot coverages for recommended application tools: Small Jobs:
|Application Tool||Hand Trowels|
|Tooth Size/Type||Green (3/8″), Orange (3/16″), Red (1/8″)|
|Coverage per gallon (sqft)*||26, 46, 76|
|Application Tool||Long-Handled Trowels|
|Coverage per gallon (sqft)*||45||36||62||53*||32||80|
|FORMULATION||PRODUCT DESCRIPTION ID||Bottle (1 Liter)||ITEM ID Pail (5.25 Gallons)||Tote (255 Gallons)|
|1102 – Brush On||Optimized for oil and grease decontamination (crude oil, diesel, PCBs, etc.). Applied with brush or towel.||DGL-1102-001||DGL-1102-020||DGL-1102-965|
|1108 – Brush On||For extremely heavy nuclear and toxic industrial chemical and material decontamination.||DGL-1108-001||DGL-1108-020||DGL-1108-965|
|1120 – Spray On||Formulated and optimized for hand-held light duty sprayers and hard, smooth surfaces like glass, steel, polished stone, and other smooth, hard substrates. Used for nuclear and chemical decontamination.||DGL-1120-001||DGL-1120-020||DGL-1120-965|
|1128 – Spray On||Formulated for extremely heavy duty industrial sprayers for horizontal and vertical hard, porous and non-porous surfaces like concrete, pavement, wood, glass, steel, stone, and other hard substrates. Used for heavy nuclear and chemical decontamination.||DGL-1128-001||DGL-1128-020||DGL-1128-965|