Fire Retardant Paint & Fire Resistant coatings are 'passive fire protection' products.
Our advice is 'Get advice' before you buy.

Passive fire protection products save lives and are intended to

  • safeguard the building occupants

  • gain time to evacuate buildings

  • facilitate the work of fire and emergency services

  • reduce fire damage to the property and its contents

Get general product advice.

Specify the job(s) size and details - for structual steel.

Specify the job(s) size and details - timber, plaster, all other non-steel substrates.

Fire resisting paints and coatings enhance or add fire resistance to

  • structural steel

  • painted and plain timber

  • MDF, chipboard, Melamine

  • plaster, masonry, lathwork

  • other construction materials.

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What is the difference between fire retardant and fire resistant paint?

Retardant and Resistant coatings react differently to fire, as noted in the table below.

Fire Retardant Coatings

Fire RETARDANT paints emit fire dampening gas(es) to impede the spread of flame and flaming droplets.

The flame retardation achieved is specified as 'Class 0', 'Class 1' or 'Class B'

Coatings take the form of clear varnishes and coloured topcoats.

Extinguishing effect of fire retardant paint.

Fire Resistant (Intumescent) Coatings

Fire RESISTANT coatings create an insulating char barrier, preventing the passage of flames, when exposed to fire. The degree of fire resistance is quoted for a set period of time - generally 30 or 60 minutes.

To create a char barrier these coatings incorporate fire resistant, intumescent (swelling / expanding) materials.

These coatings are independently tested, to BSI standards, to ensure that they will provide the claimed 30 or 60 minute resistance to heat from a fire.

Coatings may be coloured or colourless.

Development and expansion  of  intumescent paint char.

Fire resistant and fire retardant coatings can be used in combination: for example, a fire resistant coating could be overpainted with a fire retardant coating to maximise protection and / or for decorative reasons.


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Protection Levels & Certificate of Supply

Pre-sale we can advise on how to achieve the fire protection level specified by Building Control, Architects, Insurers etc. and, post-sale, issue a Certificate of Supply.


Coatings and Colours Available

All BS4800 colours availableIf a paint colour needs matching to the surroundings we can mix colours to RAL or BS specifications.

Intumescent and Fire Retardant paints can be applied to most interior and exterior surfaces including pre-painted or varnished ones:

Structural Steel

ISS Paint

Intumescent Paint. Insulates structural steel and cast iron steel during a fire, keeping components below the critical (collapse) temperature.

Finished coat or as undercoat


Wood / Timber

ITC Paint

An intumescent coating to control flame spread and fire propagation on wood.

Finished coat or undercoat


Walls & Ceilings

IWC Paint

Improved fire resistance is imparted to accumulations of flammable paint on old plaster or brickwork.

Finished coat or undercoat


All undercoated surfaces

FR Paint

Flame retardant paint. Releases a flame extinguishing gas when exposed to high temperature.

Decorative topcoat in BS and RAL colour ranges.



IF Varnish

An intumescent coating to control flame spread and fire propagation on bare wood.

Clear undercoat or topcoat.


Decorative Wood

FVO Varnish

Sealant coat for varnished wood


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