Fire Door Varnish (30min)

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Typical Coverage (per coat)4 door sides per pack (totalling no more than 8m²)
Touch DryPrimer: 45mins / Intumescent: 1 hour / Topcoat: 24 hours
ApplicationBrush, Roller
The figures stated above are approximate. Please ensure you refer to all datasheets for full application information.

Our Fire Door Varnish upgrades normal timber flat panel, raised and fielded and ledged and braced doors to 30 minute fire resistance. Each pack contains sufficient primer, intumescent varnish and topcoat (available in clear matt, satin or gloss finishes) to upgrade 4 door sides (including architrave and frame).

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£144.32 + VAT

Our Fire Door Varnish upgrades normal timber flat panel, raised and fielded and ledged and braced doors to 30 minute fire resistance. Each pack contains sufficient primer, intumescent varnish and topcoat (available in clear matt, satin or gloss finishes) to upgrade 4 door sides (including architrave and frame). This system is completely clear and can be applied over bare timber or existing stains and varnishes (test before use) to retain the beauty of the door. If your doors are previously painted use our Fire Door Paint (30min) system instead.

No special application skills are required to apply our products and we supply a Certificate of Supply, which must be signed by the applicator to confirm that the coating has been applied following manufacturer instructions and this is what can be presented to your authority on completion as proof of upgrading.

Features & Benefits

  • Provides 30mins Fire Protection
  • Testing has been carried out at independent test facilities
  • Previously stained or varnished doors do not need to be stripped
  • Keep doors period look and feel
  • Also available in a coloured paint finish - HERE
  • NOT suitable for 'Hollow Core' doors or MDF
  • Suitable for Hard and Soft woods

Fire doors installed in all buildings can help to prevent deaths in the event of a fire, as well as assist firefighters to access the fire and to put it out. They also limit the spread of smoke and flames to other parts of the building. The precise legislation governing where fire doors for domestic properties are legally required is complicated and detailed, but as a general rule, multiple occupancy properties, such as blocks of flats, hotels, student accommodation, etc. are obliged to include more fire doors than detached houses are. This is because of the greater risk of the fire spreading to other people’s homes in multiple occupancy buildings.

The way that fire doors work is to compartmentalise the danger to just that room. When a fire door is correctly installed, with the right frame in place, it is able to block the passage of smoke, fumes and flames for a pre-determined amount of time, usually between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the requirement.

There are three door types that are most common throughout the UK, when you have identified which type of door you have, you can check the minimum requirements and specific application needed to upgrade your door to a fire door in the Fire Door Systems Brochure for this product available under the downloads section above. If you are unsure of which type of door you have, or you can’t see one that represents what you have, please contact our Technical Department.

Please read the information provided carefully, as incorrect application may result in your door not being properly protected.

We have been supplying our door upgrade products for many years and during this time we’ve been co-operating with Building Control Officers, and are widely recognised and approved. However we always recommend seeking approval for our systems by asking your local Building Control Officer (or relevant authority) first, before upgrading your doors to avoid any unnecessary problems with their approval.

In good drying conditions (20°C/50% r.h.) we expect the following overcoat times;

1020 Primer - After 45mins
1021 Clear Intumescent Coating - After 1 hour
1022 Clear Topcoat - 24 hours (before bringing doors back into use)

IMPORTANT - Please refer to the 'Fire Door Systems Brochure' in our downloads section prior to purchase. You MUST ensure your door(s) meet our minimum requirements laid out in this document. For 60min protection, doors thinner than our stated minimums or for larger projects (more than 12 door sides) contact our Technical Department on 0113 2455450.

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can you tell me if the fire resistant paint will be ok as 3 of our doors have a glass panel in? thankyou. mrs s donaldson

sharon donaldson from colwyn bay (conwy) - 17/01/17


Timber elements of glazed doors can be protected with our Fire Door Varnish (30min) as long as the doors meet our minimum requirements - see full details in our 'Fire Door Systems Brochure' available to download from the 'DATASHEETS' tab on the product page.

All glass will have to be replaced with fire rated glass to the relevant standards.

Reading your guide brochure it states the door must be 9mm thick in the panels. If I find my door is thinner than this is there anything that can be done or will the doors not be suitable?Thanks

shaun robson from norton (england) - 08/01/17

The only solution in this situation to enable you to use our product would be to remove and replace the undersized panels to ones of adequate thickness.

How long does each coat of varnish take to dry? Thanks

Asha from London (UK) - 31/10/16

In good drying conditions (20°C/50% r.h.) we expect the following overcoat times;

1020 Primer - After 45mins
1021 Clear Intumescent Coating - After 1 hour
1022 Clear Topcoat - 24 hours (before bringing doors back into use)

Hi, we have had a loft room fitted in our house and are trying to have the project signed off. The last stumbling block is the installation of fire doors throughout the property - 7 doors in all. Your intumescent varnish would save us money and time but can I ask if it can be used on prevarnish doors or do the doors need to be stripped back to bare wood? Do we need to employ an approved installer to complete the work or can a competent painter complete the works? Many thanksJohn

John McQueen from London (U.K. ) - 02/09/16

Our Fire Door Varnish (30min) does not require an approved contractor and can be applied by any competent applicator. The system can be applied over existing ordinary varnishes and stains, removal is not necessary just normal painting preparation (cleaning and sanding).

Do the test results require an intumescent strips to make this a 30 minute fire doorMany thanks

B Imbery from Worthing (UK) - 17/08/16

Our Fire Door Varnish (30min) and Fire Door Paint (30min) have both been tested with intumescent strips and we do always recommend the use of them when upgrading doors. The issuing of our certification upon completion of the works is not however dependant upon the use of intumescent strips and if the appropriate authority on the project deems them not necessary, our certificate can still be issued.

Does this work on exterior doors?

Kat from London (Uk) - 16/03/16

Yes, it can be used on exterior doors but an additional coat of topcoat is required (not included in the pack). Please call our Technical Team on 0113 2455450 to discuss costs and quantities required should you wish to proceed.

Is the Fire Door Varnish (30min) suitable for application over oiled doors that are lightly sanded to provide a key?

R. McAdam from Oxford (UK) - 09/01/16

Fire Door Varnish (30min) can be applied to previously oiled or waxed doors but only when the oil or wax has been completely removed. Light sanding will not be sufficient to ensure complete removal. We recommend using a proprietary cleaner like Timberex Oil & Wax Remover together with thorough sanding. Once complete, apply the Fire Door Varnish (30min) to a small test area to check adhesion is satisfactory before full application is undertaken.

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Fire Door Systems Brochure


1020 Primer MSDS


1021 Clear Intumescent Coating MSDS


1022 Clear Topcoat MSDS


1020 Primer TDS


1021 Intumescent Coating TDS


1022 Clear Topcoat TDS

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.