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Sherwin-Williams’ FIRETEX Range: Advanced Fire Protection

In 2011, after 150 years, Leighs Paints, the industrial paint manufacturer, was acquired by the internationally recognised Sherwin-Williams company. To this day, many consumers within the industrial sector still refer to Leigh Paints as a leading manufacturer, and it is for those customers that Rawlins Paints has an ever-growing range of Sherwin-Williams paints which also cover Leigh Paints’ highly praised FIRETEX range, as well as its other protective and marine coatings.


Previously based in Bolton, UK, Brian Leigh-Bramwell, Chairman of Leigh Paints, said “This outstanding company has been part of my family for the past 150 years.

I am confident this decision will be of great benefit to both companies and our customers well into the future.”

Chris Connor, Chairman and CEO of the Sherwin-Williams Company, said: “We are very pleased to bring Leighs Paints, a well-respected company, and their employees into the Sherwin-Williams family.

“Combined, our two companies have nearly three centuries of experience in coatings innovation.

“This is another positive step in our strategy of steady growth and expansion through quality products and people who provide excellent customer service. This acquisition reaffirms our strategic commitment to growing globally.”

In 2017, Leigh Paints now trades as Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings – where the popular steel intumescent paint FIRETEX range continues.

FIRETEX Offshore Marine and Boat Paints

Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings

Sherwin-Williams’ FIRETEX PFP Paint Range

Sherwin-Williams’ FIRETEX range offers intumescent paint and passive fire protection, along with high-performance and anti-corrosive solutions for the marine, oil and gas, steel and industrial offshore sector – all of which are available to buy today at Rawlins Paints. Products from Sherwin-Williams’ FIRETEX range have been used on:

  • London’s Shard
  • London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • London’s Olympic Stadiums
  • Al Khifaf Etisalat Tower, Dubai
  • Sonkar Hilton Tower, Turkey
  • Bay Arena – FC Bayer Leverkusen, Germany
  • The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi,
  • Olympic Park, Russia
  • Alpika Railway Stations, Russia
Bay Arena

Sherwin-Williams intumescent coatings, for infrastructures of any size, scope and scale

These intumescent paints and coatings, listed below, offer exceptional protection on over 400 projects across the world.

  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX C69LINK
    • a fast-track temporary protective coating for surfaces prepared by abrasive blast cleaning, designed for use under FIRETEX intumescent coatings.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX9500LINK
    • a scrim free, epoxy intumescent coating suitable for cellulosic fire protection designed for extreme external environments.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX1003LINK
    • a single pack, thin film intumescent coating, designed for site application by airless spray, to provide fire resistance for up to 120 minutes on structural steel.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX2003LINK
    • a single pack thin film intumescent coating, designed for in-shop application by airless spray to provide fire resistance for up to 120 minutes on structural steel.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX5062LINK
    • designed for airless spray application to provide fire resistance for periods up to 90 mins on structural steel.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX5090LINK
    • a water based TCEP free thin film intumescent coating, designed for application by airless spray to provide fire resistance for periods of up to 120 minutes on structural steel.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX5120LINK
    • can also be used to enhance the fire resistance of concrete slabs and decks up to 60 minutes.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX J220 Scrim ClothLINK
    • suitable for use in hydrocarbon jet fires for the protection of structural steelwork, process vessel and support structures, and on deck and bulkhead panels.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX M71V2LINK
    • a sheen decorative topcoat for the FIRETEX range of single pack intumescent coatings.
  • Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX M72LINK
    • a solvent based intumescent mastic coating, used for the repair of small areas of mechanical damage to FIRETEX range of intumescent coatings.

Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX C69

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Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX9500

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Sherwin-Williams Firetex J220 Scrim Cloth

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Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX C69’s Use on London’ The Shard

The Shard is an 87-storey skyscraper in London, forming part of the London Bridge Quarter development. In 2015, it was the tallest building in the EU, standing at 306m (1,004ft) tall. This inspirational piece of architecture houses retail outlets, offices, hotels, apartments, restaurants and a popular public viewing gallery – with up-to 6,000 visitors a day.

Sherwin-Williams suppled both the passive fire protection and anti-corrosion coating systems – delivering 20 years’ external corrosion protection, and up-to 120 minutes’ fire protection.

The Shard

The Shard, in London

FIRETEX FX9500 – Ultra Durable Epoxy Intumescent Coatings

FIRETEX FX9500 is Sherwin-Williams’ next generation in epoxy intumescent coatings, delivery long-term durability on major projects and builds.

Using hydrocarbon fire technology, Sherwin-Williams’ FIRETEX FX9500 is a scrim-free epoxy intumescent, another of the next generation of epoxy intumescent coatings that features on some of the world’s most iconic and influential architectural landmarks. If long term durability is a concern to your company’s industrial scale property, contact Rawlins Paints for more information about this and other FIRETEX products.

FX9500 will deliver an aesthetically pleasing appearance, without the necessity of back-rolling or sanding. This product will provide a cost-effective solution, scrim free, and high-volume solids product which can be applied by airless leg spray. Sag resistant up to 3mm in one coat, it offers 60, 90 and 120 minutes; fire protection – both internally and externally.

FIRETEX FX Range of Water-Based PFPs

Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX FX range

FIRETEX FX Range – Water Based and Solvent Based Materials

Water Based Intumescent Materials

Sherwin-Williams’ water-based acrylic coatings, FX5062, FX5090 and FX5120, are the company’s latest generation of highly competitive solutions for the fire protection of structural steel, delivering from 15 to 120 minutes of fire resistance. Designed for application to erected steelwork, and suitable for internal environments, including complex arrangements of openings on cellular beams.

Get a fantastic appearance and aesthetic on visible internal steelwork with these water-based intumescent coatings that have certified loading for time periods of 15 to 120 minutes.

·         FIRETEX FX5060

FIRETEX FX5060 (Certification CF5267, VOC 35g/litre) is designed for application by airless spray and will provide fire resistance for up to 90 minutes on structural steel. It is for use in internal, dry controlled environments without topcoat and internal semi-controlled environments with topcoat.

·         FIRETEX FX5090

FIRETEX FX5090 (Certification CF5188, VOC 0.19g/litre) is designed for application by airless spray, to provide fire resistance of up to 120 minutes on structural steel. Application environments are the same as FX5060 and FX5120.

·         FIRETEX FX5120

FIRETEX FX5120 (Certification CF5012, VOC 3.35g/litre) is designed for application by airless spray to provide fire resistance for up to 120 minutes on structural steel. It can also be used to enhance the fire resistance of concrete slabs and decks up to 60 minutes. Application environments are the same as FX5060 and FX5090.

Recommended Primers

There are a range of recommended primers, which have been fire tested and approved for use with FIRETEX products. Please consult Rawlins Paints’ technical support team for detailed information.

Approved Topcoats

If it can be guaranteed that application and subsequent in-service conditions will be in a C1 environment as defined in ISO 12944-2:1998, then often no topcoat is required. However, in most instances a topcoat must be applied. Please consult Rawlins Paints’ technical support team for detailed information about applicable topcoats and whether your project needs one or not.

FIRETEX Passive Fire Protection in Airports

Sherwin-Williams FIRETEX intumescent coatings for fire safety in any industrial or commercial setting

Solvent-Based Intumescent Materials

For solvent-based intumescent paint solutions, look no further than FX1003 and FX2003 – Certificate approved CF5077:

  • FIRETEX FX1003 On-Site: Certified loading for periods of 15 – 120 minutes, and employing a high flash point solvent blend.
  • FIRETEX FX2003 Off-Site: Certified loadings for periods of 15 – 120 minutes, specifically formulated for use in a paint shop environment, utilising a solvent blend to lower drying times and maximise shop throughout.

These two products are formulated using solvent borne acrylic resin technology, offering a highly versatile solution for your business needs. They meet fire protection requirements from 15 up to 120 minutes. The testing of FX1003 and FX2003 includes elemental multi-temperature evaluation – meaning they can be used on simple rolled steel members and beams including complex arrangements of openings (cellular beams).

FIRETEX FX1003 and FX2003 have been designed for cellulosic fire protection and are competitive solutions offering 15 to 120 minutes of PFP (Passive Fire Protection). Delivering long lasting durability – up to 20 years’ in an external environment, thy have been fully tested to ISO BS476 Part 20/21 and ISO 12944-2 – up to C4 – and assessed to ASFP Yellow Book 5th Edition.

Please contact Rawlins Paints’ technical support team for recommended and suitable primers and topcoats for these products.

FIRETEX Passive Fire Protection on Steel

FIRETEX, for fireproofing steel structures

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Sherwin-Williams have carried out gas explosion tests to ensure FIRETEX thin film intumescent coatings enhance the safety of tall buildings. Witnessed by Bodycote Warrington Fire at Advantica Technology, Spadeadam UK, steel sections were protected using FIRETEX range of cellulosic products and were subjected to a 104 msec explosive blast that generated 1697 mbar of overpressure. The sections were subsequently subjected to hydrocarbon fire. The results reported by Advantica indicate that FIRETEX intumescent coatings were unaffected by the gas explosion and Bodycote Warrington Fire concluded that the FIRETEX products provided a significant level of hydrocarbon fire resistance.

All FIRETEX materials are independently tested, verified and certified to the most stringent international standards by Sherwin-Williams, including UL263, EN 13381-8, BS476 Part 20/21, DIN 4102 Part 2 and GOST 53295-2009.

These systems are third party verified under the Certifire Scheme (which is operated by Warrington Fire Research Centre), and audit inspection by the British Standards Institution. The Certifire Scheme provides assurance to specifiers, purchasers and users that the Sherwin-Williams production and quality control procedures are of a prescribed standard as described in ISO 9001, and that product performance claims have been independently verified. You can be assured that the product you receive conforms to the same specification and formulation as the material originally tested.

The FIRETEX systems have also been fire tested after ageing and weathering – without any significant change in intumescent char production or insulating properties. Under normal internal conditions, the systems are expected to provide passive fire protection for the life of the project, with minimal aesthetic maintenance.

For further information about each product, please refer to the datasheets from the product pages. Alternately, contact Rawlins Paints directly for orders and technical advice on large contracts and projects.


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Sherwin-Williams – Primers and Topcoats

Sherwin-Williams complete PFP range have been designed for optimum use with their specially formulated primers and topcoats.

A primer will stop corrosion and protect blast steel substrates from decay. A topcoat will ensure the full life of a coating is reached, and maintains a high-end, decorative or aesthetically sound appearance.

All Sherwin-Williams intumescent coatings contain certain key ingredients necessary for the ‘intumescent reaction’. These ingredients are moisture sensitive, and alongside careful formulation, also essential to apply protective sealant coats to protect the properties of the fire protection from adverse weather conditions. The sealer coats provide a decorative and durable finish to the intumescent coatings.


  1. HI, we have converted our loft, and have put in a painted wooded floor, and painted tongue and groove cladding on the walls to half height. I need to work out what fire retardant paint I need to put on the walls and floors to make it as safe as possible in the event of a fire, and am not sure how to do this, or if it needs to be to level 1 or 0? Any advice gratefully received.

    • Good morning Susannah,

      Could you please check with your local authority for further guidance on this, and then once a level of fire protection has been confirmed, come back to us here on this thread, by email at [email protected] or by phone at 0113 245 5450, where we can then advise a suitable system to meet it.

      Best regards.


  2. hi i have a project with the firetex 5090 and the owner is requesting a 10 year warranty what is the warranty process for this material.

    • Good afternoon,

      No warranty is issued, but there is guidance on Life to First Major Maintenance which is dependent on the ISO12944 environment – please contact our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 (option 2) for more information.

      Best regards.


      • hi mark,
        I just bought the firetex fx 5120 to be used over drywall on a fire rated walls,
        is this product as great as it on the specs sheet?
        I need to add fire rated minutes to existing walls

        roman alvarez

        • Good morning Roman,

          Sherwin-Williams Firetex FX5120 is not used for drywall. In the UK it is recommended for structural steel and in certain instances concrete slabs or decks.

          We would need to know the level of fire protection required, thickness of plasterboard to protect and how many square metres there are to do to be able to advise on a suitable product/system.

          Could you drop us an email at [email protected] please?

          Best regards.


  3. Can you specified a Fire Retardant Paint for commercial use that has a flame spread rating of not more than 25 and a smoke developed index of not more than 50 when tested in accordance with ASTM E84 or UL 723?

  4. I live in an area that is vulnerable to wildfires. My home has open eaves and bird hole vents. I was thinking of enclosing the eaves with a soffit made of fire resistant material like vented Hardie board w/5/8″ gypsum fire resistant backing. However it would be much easier if there was a fire resistant coating that I could use on the underside of the eave and exposed rafters. I could then simply use 1/8″ metal screen over the bird hole vents. Is there such a fire resistant coating that I could use? 1 hour rating would be great.

    • Hi Ennis,

      Thank you very much for your question. Depending on the dimensions of the timbers we may be able to offer Thermoguard Timbercoat 60 Minute System.

      We would recommend getting in touch with our technical team on [email protected] to discuss your requirements further to ensure that this would be suitable before making a purchase.

      I hope that helps and thank you again for getting in touch.

      Kind regards

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