Fire Retardant Paints
Our presenting partners, who are experts in specifying Fire Retardant and Resistant paints, with Door Intumescent Upgrades, are happy to provide a free telephone help for all queries regarding fire resistance improvements and coatings.
FREE – the easy way to obtain that vital Fire Certificate
Property Repair Systems offers a complete Fire Paint upgrade package for your use with your Building Inspector: written Specification, Fire Certificate Application Form, Data Sheets, Quotation and coverage calculations.
Fire Retardant Coatings are suitable for:
1. Materials - Softwoods, Hardwoods, MDF, Chipboard, Melamine faced sheet, brick, plasterboard, plaster, stone, metal and concrete.
2. Interior and Exterior - Fire Retardant products for doors, decking, bar-tops, panelling, cladding and floors, industrial buildings.
3. Surfaces – painted and varnished, stained and unpainted surfaces, surfaces with multiple layers of non-retardant paints.
4. Finishes - clear finishes, white finishes, coloured finishes, all in gloss, silk, eggshell, matt and metallic.
If you need any help with any type of Fire Retardant or Resistant Paint or other building protection problems Property Repair Systems staff will be pleased to give you completely free, (with no obligation), unbiased technical and practical advice on 01626 336180. The information you need may be in the project below. If not, call them for FREE HELP.
Fire Retardant and Resistant Paints
What you need to know about Fire Retardant Paints:
TYPES OF PAINTS - there are two types of fire paint
Fire Retardant Paints are used to stop the spread of flame on a surface by releasing a gas and are tested to assess their effectiveness under BS 476, part 7. These are used in all rooms for walls and ceilings.
Intumescent Paints swell and char when exposed to fire. They work by insulating the building material they are covering from the heat of the fire.
TEST STANDARDS - there are three relevant fire test standards
Class 1 requires no surface spread of flame. This is the lowest fire standard and is a performance normally required for walls and ceilings.
Class 0 is for areas where limited combustibility is required in high-risk areas, such as escape routes. To comply with this Standard, materials must have a Class 1 Surface Spread of Flame and low fire propagation index in accordance with BS 476 Part 6. This test checks that the coating does not add to the heat or intensity of the fire.
Fire Resistance - 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Intumescent Paints, Varnish and Coatings are used to prevent the penetration of fire through a structure for a specific period in accordance with BS 476 Parts 20 - 23 1987. Such coatings are given classifications for specific periods of time, such as "30 minutes". Intumescent systems are available for protecting structural timbers, steel and plasterwork (including lath and plaster walls and ceilings).
CERTIFICATION - why you will need a Certificate of Supply
A Certificate of Supply can be issued for each Project. This is essential if you have to satisfy your Insurers, the Fire and Building Control Authority and for Client Records. Without a Certificate you may be vulnerable to prosecution in the event of a fire.
How to comply with Class 0 and Class 1 - comply with both with a single system
For timber and timber products, painted or unpainted.
1. Timbercoat - two coats, by brush, roller or spray - 7 square metres per litre per coat.
2. Flame Retardant - two coats, by brush, roller or spray - matt, vinyl or silk, gloss, eggshell or metallic - 6 - 10 square metres per litre per coat.
1. Fireproof Varnish - Intumescent two thin coats by brush, roller or spray - 13 square metres per litre per coat.
2. Fire Varnish Gloss, Matt or Stain- one or two coats by brush, roller or spray - 10 square metres per litre per coat.
Over coating old paint layers: (free help on 01626 336180)
For plasterboard, plaster, brick and concrete products, that have a thick layer of old, non-retardant paints.
1. Wallcoat - one coat, by brush, roller or spray - 8 square metres per litre per coat.
2. Flame Retardant - two coats, by brush, roller or spray - matt, vinyl or silk, gloss, eggshell or metallic - 10 square metres per litre per coat.
Note - the second coat can be a Flame Retardant Anti-Graffiti or Hygiene Paint.
How to provide 30 - 90 minute protection (free help on 01626 336180)
For steel and cast iron products, painted or unpainted, EXCEPT DOORS.
1. High Build Primer - apply one coat by brush, roller or spray - 12 square metres per litre
2. Thermocoat - apply one coat by brush, roller or spray for up to 30 minutes, at 2 square metres per litre (500 microns wet). For 60 minutes you will need to consult us with your steel sizes, so that we can calculation the coverages according to the steel thickness (HPA Tables). This is a free of charge service.
Doors (free help on 01626 336180)
Door Protection is simple as long as you follow the basic rules.
- Minimum door thickness – 35mm.
- Doors must be solid, not hollow – tap with your knuckle to check.
If your door is not flat, but has sunken panels, a minimum panel thickness of 12mm is required for Hardwood Doors (like Oak) or 16mm for Softwood Doors (like Pine). If the panels are a bit thin we can supply a Veneer Kit to increase the thickness. They must be a least 9mm to qualify for Veneering.
When using our Door Protection paint or varnish for upgrading standard doors to 30-minute fire doors, they must be used as part of an overall program to include Intumescent fire/smoke seal and lock, hinge and door closer Intumescent protection card.
We can supply complete Door Upgrade Kits or just the paint or varnish.
1. Prepare the door to take intumescent fire/smoke seals and lock, hinge and door closer Intumescent protection card. Clean and then rub down any previous coating to give a good, grease and oil free ‘key’.
2. Apply 3 coats of Timbercoat Intumescent Paint or 3 coats of clear Intumescent Varnish at 13 square metres per litre.
3. Apply Flame Paint or Flame Varnish finish - two coats, by brush, roller or spray - matt, vinyl or silk, gloss, eggshell or metallic - at 10 square metres per litre per coat.
Free Advice - we supply free specifications and product quotations
Speak directly to David or Andy about your Fire Retardant needs: 01626 336180
Please do not take a risk and simply buy products without a clear specification from an expert. You may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Supply in those circumstances.