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Flame Retardant Topcoats

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Flame retardant paints and topcoat finishes available at Rawlins Paints can be used after maintenance work has been on or around previously installed fire-retardant paint systems, or simply as decorative finishes over intumescent coatings and undercoats. These topcoat paints and coatings will help deliver a non-combustible fire rated paint system along with recommended and compatible primers and undercoats, to substrates including wood, plasterboard, structural steel and cast-iron. Alternately, some may be used direct to bare or previously painted, but non-combustible surface areas – typically walls and ceilings.

These flame retardant paints will limit the surface spread of flames in the outbreak of a fire, and protect combustible substrates – this is dependent on the underlying substrate, and the complete and correct installation of a fire retardant or intumescent paint system. For more information about undercoats and primers these flame-retardant paints should be used with, please refer to product datasheets, or contact Rawlins Paints’ technical support team.

Some fireproof paint systems need to be finished with a coloured topcoat and maintained periodically, either due to environmental conditions, or renovation work in a property or building complex. The range of hard-wearing and decorative flame retardant topcoats available from Thermoguard, Bollom and Envirograf allow the user to finish and maintain their projects in a wide range of colours and finishes without damaging the fire-retardant properties of the original system.

Our Class 0 and BS EN Class B flame retardant topcoats are most commonly used in two scenarios;

  1.      1.  To finish and complete a fire-retardant system, usually where a basecoat has been applied
  2.      2.  Where an existing fire-retardant system or item requires maintenance or re-decoration, using one of our flame retardant topcoats ensures the surface won't lose the level of fire protection it currently has. Available in matt, satin, eggshell, gloss finishes and almost the full range of RAL, BS and NCS colours.

Bollom Flameguard Flame Retardant Topcoats and Finishes

Bollom’ Flameguard range of decorative fire-retardant topcoat finishes and systems for interior walls and trim allow users to match any existent colour scheme, or upgrade to a topcoat colour scheme, without damaging the underlying fire-retardant system. Topcoats are available in acrylic eggshell, gloss or vinyl matt finishes, for wood, timber or steel, these products can be used to achieve Class 0 fire rating over Brosteel Ultra 60, Fireshield Ultra, Bollom Flameguard Ultra Primer / Undercoat, or Broflame Ultra Fire Protective Base Coat – see each product for system compatibility.

Bollom Flameguard Ultra Gloss, Ultra Acrylic Eggshell and Ultra Vinyl Matt are designed to restrict and contain the surface spread of flames and their heat release, allowing for vital escape routes in the event of a fire. As decorative topcoats, they are amongst the most comprehensive fireproofing systems on the market, providing fire resistance to structural steel, internal walls and ceilings, external and internal wood, and wood veneer.

Bollom Flameguard Ultra Primer will improve surface adhesion on plaster, cement, concrete and old paint work, for a topcoat finish, as well as sealing in and blocking any problematic stains from reappearing. It is intended for use with the Flameguard topcoats from Bollom.

These topcoats are ideal for communal areas, including public buildings, office complexes, shopping and retail buildings, schools, and hospitals. They can be used on broad walls and large surface areas, timber, wood and select metals. The Flameguard Ultra range from Bollom complies with building regulations for fire protection, and has been fully tested to BS476 – Parts 6 and 7.

Thermoguard Fire Retardant Topcoats

Thermoguard’s flame retardant topcoats include a chemically cured floor coating, which not only is flame resistant, but provides excellent protection against oils spills, ink and other chemical stains. Ideal for car showrooms, processing plants and manufacturing facilities, factories, warehouses, workshops and busy garages, it is a water-based and highly durable two-pack epoxy resin coating available in white, green, light grey, dark green, tile red and mid grey. Click here to buy this flame retardant floor paint that is ideal for areas that need to withstand the additional surface stress of light vehicular and fork-lift traffic.

Businesses, and public and commercial properties that require a matt or eggshell finish that also provides Class 1 and Class 0 surface spread of flame fire rated protection, may benefit from Thermoguard’s Wallcoat Smoke and Flame Retardant Topcoat, or their Smoke and Flame Retardant Dualcoat coatings. These two specialist coatings can be used as part of a complete system to control and contain the surface spread of flames, heat and smoke, along with flaming droplets.

Envirograf Fire Retardant Coatings for Specialist Purposes

Envirograf’s flame retardant topcoats and accompanying undercoats, are available in full RAL colours, or as clear glaze / translucent topcoats for wood and timber. These flexible or hard-wearing finishes include solvent based and water based fire retardant and intumescent coatings for internal and external use, on a range of substrates and surfaces, including:

  •      • Plasterboard
  •      • Lath and plaster
  •      • Timber
  •      • Masonry
  •      • Hardwood and softwood surfaces
  •      • General walls and ceilings in:

o Hotels, hospitals and public buildings

  •      • High-wear surfaces

Some products in the Envirograf flame retardant topcoat range:

For further information, system compatibility, and substrate suitability of any Envirograf fire retardant or intumescent coating, please contact Rawlins Paints’ technical support team.

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