Thermoguard Fire Varnish Door Upgrade System

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Typical Coverage (per coat)3 Doors (6 doors sides) per pack
ApplicationBrush, Roller
The figures stated above are approximate. Please ensure you refer to all datasheets for full application information.

Thermoguard Fire Varnish Door Upgrade System is an intumescent varnish system to upgrade doors to 20 or 30min Fire Resistance. Available as a convenient pack containing the required basecoat, topcoat and mastic to protect 3 doors in a clear or woodstain coloured Matt or Satin finish. Thermoguard UK will issue a Fire Certificate for Authority approved projects following completion.

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£266.00 + VAT

Fire Resistance to Doors using Thermoguard Fire Varnish Basecoat and Thermoguard Fire Varnish Overcoat (Exterior)

Please refer Thermoguards explanatory Technical Note (available to download HERE) to the appropriate Authority for approval before proceeding. Due to the hugely varying nature of doors and their construction, it is impractical and misleading to carry out NAMAS / UKAS Fire Test Laboratory fire door testing. Each door must be assessed for potential suitability.

The great majority of doors, including all hollow doors, are unsuitable for upgrading to 30 or even 20 minutes Fire Resistance.

There are, however, certain well constructed, solid and substantial doors capable of being upgraded with the Thermoguard Fire Varnish system as this is by far the most effective clear fire treatment or coating available.

Generally suitable doors are hardwood or solid with hardwood veneer.

Intumescent paint (white or coloured) is capable of significantly greater Fire Resistance. If you have softwood doors we suggest you refer to Thermoguard Timbercoat Door Upgrade System.

Please note: A written specification should be obtained from our Technical Department for your project prior to use to ensure this system will be suitable. Contact us by phone on 0113 2455450 or email [email protected] Remember, intumescent varnish is just one element of protection and DOES NOT create a ‘fire door’. Intumescent materials and hardware MUST be used to ensure your doors meet the required standards of your authority. 

Thermoguard Fire Varnish Class O Part 6 Fire Propagation Test and BS EN Class B result indicates the protected softwood did not burn significantly within the 10 mins (Part 6) and 20 mins (BS EN) test duration. Further in-house testing by Thermoguard indicated that when applied at three times the Class O / Class B spec. the Thermoguard Fire Varnish system added 15 minutes Fire Resistance.

Thermoguard assess projects requiring 30 minutes Fire Resistance on an individual basis, referring to the TRADA Char Rate Tables and calculated residual timber to ascertain whether they could issue a Fire Certificate for the project. In order to enable them to issue a 30 minutes Fire Certificate in the case of softwood the surface must be able to afford the loss of 10mm depth from all surfaces exposed to a fire. For oak or similar hardwoods the loss to take into account is 6mm.

In other words, the residual timber should be adequate, after such loss in the case of a door to avoid premature collapse, splitting or cracking ensuring neither flames or the substantial heat required to promote combustion can pass through the door.

Pine and Other Softwood

In general terms few modern softwood doors can be protected with confidence. Old and hence very well seasoned softwood doors can be protected but only if the frame can withstand 10mm loss. In these cases panels less than 16mm thick should be supplemented by inserting an additional panel to make the total panel thickness 16mm+, trapping the additional panel behind the door's beading. Substantial, solid doors unable to afford the loss of 10mm to the frame can achieve 20 minutes with the 30 min spec as below provided they can afford the loss of 4mm.

Oak and Other Resistant Hardwoods (including modern doors with solid compressed cores and 6mm oak veneer faces)

These doors with frames 35mm+ thick can be upgraded to 30 minutes. Any inset panel less than 12mm thick should be supplemented by an additional panel trapped by the door's beading to take overall panel thickness to 12mm+.

Door Surrounds & Seals

Thermoguard recommend the gap or joint between the architrave and wall is sealed with Intumescent mastic after application of Fire Varnish & FV Overcoat. They also recommend that intumescent strips are fitted in the door jambs and to the underside of the door.


30 Minutes Fire Resistance Specification (20 minutes in case of some softwood doors as referred to above)

  • 3 coats of Thermoguard Fire Varnish Basecoat @ 7m² per litre / per coat
  • 2 coats of Thermoguard Fire Varnish Overcoat (Exterior) – Matt or Satin @ 10m² per litre / per coat

Coverage 30 / 20 minutes (as above) - allows for the number of coats necessary

Each 3 door pack contains;

  • 2 x 20m² Thermoguard Fire Varnish Basecoat
  • 1 x 20m² Thermoguard Fire Varnish Overcoat (Exterior) – Matt or Satin finish
  • 2 x 310ml Thermoguard Intumescent Mastic White (you may need to purchase more tubes depending on the size of gaps to fill which can be done HERE)

This should be applied to 3 doors on BOTH sides (6 door sides in total) and it is assumed that this area will total no more than 14m². If your doors are unusual in size or total more than 14m² of area please contact the Technical Department.

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Free delivery on orders over £75 (terms & conditions)

• Deliveries will be made within 3 working days (standard delivery)
• You must be UK mainland based for the free delivery offer.
• Postcodes listed are excluded from the free delivery and priced below.

Please note: deliveries will need to be signed for at the point of delivery.

UK Mainland OnlyUp to £75.00£75.01 +
Standard (2/3 working days)£8.00FREE
Next Day£15.00£15.00
Next day before 09:00am£30.00£30.00
Next day before 10:30am£25.00£25.00
Next day before 12:00pm£20.00£20.00
Saturday Delivery£35.00£35.00

£25 (Standard 2-3 Day Delivery Only)

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£35 (Standard 2-3 Day Delivery Only)


£50 (Standard 2-3 Day Delivery Only)


Please note that all carriage prices are quoted without V.A.T. at the current rate.

Scottish Islands - outside standard distribution area, please contact us for a quote.

There may be an exception for heavy goods when purchased in quantity where we will contact you to advise any additional charges.

Next Day delivery and Saturday Service is available on stocked items for orders received before 11:00am only.

Because of the nature of our products, we use specially selected carriers to ensure safe and prompt delivery to you.

Please note: Any time or date named by Rawlins Paints Limited for delivery is given and intended as an estimate only and Rawlins Paints Limited shall not be liable to make good any damage or loss whether arising directly or indirectly out of a delay in delivery. Deliveries are made using a reliable nationwide carrier. Although over 99% of consignments arrive on time, we recommend that no labour is employed to undertake work until materials have arrived on site.

Fire Varnish System TDS


Fire Varnish Basecoat Base MSDS


Fire Varnish Basecoat Activator MSDS


Fire Varnish Overcoat (ext.) Matt MSDS


Fire Varnish Overcoat (ext.) Satin MSDS


Fire Varnish Woodstain Colour Chart


Fire Varnish Door System Explanatory Technical Note

Whilst every effort is made to ensure our data sheets are up to date, we advise you check the latest revision directly with the manufacturer to ensure you have the most current version.
E J Rawlins & Co. Ltd trading as Rawlins Paints make available product data sheets and information in good faith but without warranty. We do not accept liability for any errors or omissions contained within the data sheets or any outdated versions.