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A Comprehensive Guide to Rhino Shield: Cost and Installation Process

December 23rd, 2023 | 5 min. read

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Your home is one of your most significant investments and protecting it with either new paint or a new coating system is of utmost importance. But homeowners often ask, “How much does it cost?” and “What can I expect from my painting installation?” Here at Rhino Shield, we’re here to answer these questions. We offer a cutting-edge solution that not only enhances your home's appearance but also provides your home with long-lasting protection.

We want to be honest with you about what you can expect from our pricing compared to the alternatives. In this article, we'll delve into Rhino Shield's cost, compare that with traditional paint jobs, and discuss the installation process of Rhino Shield. You will also learn about its advantages over traditional paints, the technology behind it, its availability, and the factors that contribute to its cost-effectiveness.

Is Rhino Shield More Expensive than Paint?

While Rhino Shield offers impressive durability, it comes at an initial higher cost than traditional paint jobs. On average, you can expect to pay two or two and a half times the cost of a traditional paint job. But, over time, with a 25- year warranty, the life-cycle cost of Rhino Shield is much less than traditional paint, and will save you thousands of dollars over the years.


  • On average, for a typical, three-bedroom home with 2000 square feet of wall space, a Rhino Shield coatings system installation can range from $13,000 - $18,000, or about $6.50-$9.00 per square foot.

  • Compare this to a typical $5,000 - $9,000 latex paint job that will need to be repeated every five years or so. In twenty-five years, the repainting costs for a typical latex paint job could be $25,000 to $45,000 for the same house vs. a single Rhino Shield installation.

There are a lot of variables that go into the cost of painting or coating your home. The cost variation depends on factors like:

  • Condition of the home’s exterior

  • Labor costs

  • Project features (multiple colors, extensive trim work, multi-story)

  • Size and makeup of your home

  • Geographic location

  • Extent of repair work needed before installation.

  • **Historic or older wood homes with extensive siding preparation such as chemical stripping or a complete sanding preparation could expect pricing to be 50% or more of the above example. 

One of the key reasons for Rhino Shield’s price tag is its longevity.

  • Most water-based paints last between 5 - 7 years.

  • Some higher-quality options might stretch to 7 - 10 years.

  • With any paint, factors like climate and proper preparation and installation play a role.

  • Rhino Shield surpasses these lifespans significantly. We offer a 25-year transferable, non-prorated warranty. See what real, long-term Rhino Shield customers have to say here.

Financing Stats 2022:

  • 75% of homeowners want to finance at least some part of their next project.

  • 4x increase in finance applications since 2020.

  • 30% decrease in customer credit utilization.

Source: Ingage.io

It's important to note that although the initial investment in Rhino Shield is higher, its longevity means you'll save more in the long run. With a coating that lasts 4 - 5 times longer than traditional paint, you won't need to repaint frequently, reducing the overall cost of maintenance.

While DIY ceramic coatings are a cost-effective alternative, they come with some trade-offs. They lack professional application and an industrial-grade product. When protecting your home, it's essential to consider the expertise and reliability of using dedicated installers.

The Installation Process of Rhino Shield

The installation of Rhino Shield involves several crucial steps to ensure the longevity and quality of the coating:


Thorough Inspection

The installation process begins with a comprehensive examination of your property. This includes gathering critical information about the type of substrate, any previous issues, water damage, and identifying cracks that require attention. The team also assesses the need for board replacements in wood, fixes warped vinyl siding, and gauges the moisture levels in the environment. This thorough inspection is the foundation for a successful installation, aimed at avoiding any complications during or after the process.

Power Washing and Preparation

Before applying Rhino Shield, the home is pressure washed to remove dirt, debris, and any loose paint. If any repairs are to be made, like replacing siding, it will be done in this process. This includes sanding, scraping, or prior paint removal.

Caulking and Sealing

Rhino Shield Dealers will use a high-grade Elastomeric caulk to seal your window edges, cracks, and seams, creating a water-resistant barrier to protect your home.

Masking Off

All areas that shouldn’t be coated are masked off, covered, or temporarily removed (such as lighting fixtures, mailboxes, drainpipes, utility boxes, etc.) Special attention is given to your plants, lawns, decks, windows, and other areas prone to overspray.

Primer Application

Rhino Shield offers a range of primers tailored to different surfaces. Our APS primer is unique in that it bonds with the substrate, which provides exceptional adhesion. Rhino Shield’s adhesion as tested by an independent third-party lab:

**ASTM Test D4541

  • 289 PSI on Concrete Block
  • 358 PSI on Wood

**You can view a short demonstration of how this test is conducted in this YouTube video.

Topcoat Application

The topcoat, which is around 16 - 18 mils thick, is applied evenly. It dries to approximately 8 - 10 mils, providing a durable protective layer.


Careful attention is paid to avoid over-spraying or under-spraying paint in certain areas, and any errors are corrected during this stage.

Clean Up

After the coating is applied, masking tape is removed, and any debris is cleaned up to leave your property looking pristine.

Final Inspection

A final inspection is conducted with the homeowner to ensure satisfaction and approval.

Does Using Rhino Shield Limit Color Options?

Rhino Shield ceramic coating can be tinted to virtually any color using high-grade paint tints. Homeowners have the same freedom to choose any colors they desire when opting for Rhino Shield, allowing for a personalized and aesthetically pleasing finish.


Rhino Shield’s Technology

Rhino Shield is composed of 79% solids, including ceramic microspheres, manufactured by the 3M Corporation. These microspheres contribute to the product's exceptional solar reflectivity, durability, and insulating properties. Other solids include:

  • Self-Cross-Linking Elastomeric Core Resin

  • Urethanes

  • Pigments

  • Automotive Grade Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)

  • Zinc Oxide

  • Biocides: (3-part package from Dow Chemical)

Rhino Shield is exceptionally thicker (8 – 10 times more) than latex paints. This helps protect the substrate against abrasion and aids in soundproofing your home. While the coating is thick, it doesn’t hinder the look and feel of your home’s surface material. Wood and metal alike will retain their aesthetic and texture.

Rhino Shield continually improves its technology. In late 2021, we introduced a new core, self-cross-linking resin, thoroughly tested in-house and by third-party labs before being rolled out to dealers for final field testing. This commitment to innovation helps Rhino Shield remain at the forefront of protective coatings.

Is Rhino Shield Available in My Area?

Rhino Shield is available in most but not all states or areas. Potential customers can check the Dealer Locator Map on the Rhino Shield website to explore potential options.

Here are some things to remember:

  • There are many steps to applying coating on your home properly, which is why you should consider paying more to work with trained professionals vs. DIY. This leaves you with less hassle and greatly reduces the potential for errors in the coating process.

  • Rhino Shield is typically a little more than double the price of traditional paints, but you are paying for both an industrial-grade product and professionally trained installers.

  • Rhino Shield lasts far longer than latex paints.

  • As with any paint, Rhino Shield has the same variety of color options.

  • Rhino Shield is available in most states and cities, but make sure to check our map to see if you have a local dealer near you.

Check out our breakdown of Rhino Shield's price here.

If you have any questions or want to get a free, no-obligation quote from Rhino Shield, click here.