Faq

At FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc., we still believe in personally answering the phone. In fact, when you call our toll-free number, you'll always speak directly to a live person who is knowledgeable about our products and processes. FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. personnel have all witnessed fire tests and understand building and NFPA codes and standards. We work with building officials and fire marshals nearly every day, answering questions and providing test reports.
No. Since their invention, FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. fire-retardant and intumescent products have never been toxic. While formaldehyde might be considered non-toxic at very low levels, it remains a known carcinogen. At FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc., we strive to develop water based products that meet or exceed LEED requirements.
No. Different materials require different products. For example, would you apply a latex-based paint to fabric? Our expertise allows us to always recommend the right FlameOFF® Coatings, Inc. product for your specific needs.

Intumescent paint is used in many types of construction including new construction, retrofit and defective building construction, and historic restoration/renovation construction. Specifically, our intumescent paint can fire rate interior structural steel, gypsum, and wood.

Trying to determine paint coverage with an intumescent paint can be tricky. Intumescent paint coverage rates are based upon Dry Film Thickness (DFT). DFT varies depending on the type of substrate and, in the case of structural steel, the specific steel members being coated. Please contact a FlameOFF® Representative to figure DFT and coverage rates for your particular project.

Tip plugging is caused by solids in the paint that are too large to pass through the tip orifice. Diluting or thinning paint does not reduce the size of the solids. Here is a list of things you can try in order to avoid tip clogging.

  1. Make sure the rock catcher and filters are removed.
  2. Flush the sprayer
  3. Re-prime the system
  4. Make sure you are using an appropriate tip size. We recommend a 0.021-0.025

For Wood applications, no primer is required, but an all purpose acrylic primer is recommended to help limit the initial coat of intumescent paint absorbing into the wood substrate. Alternatively, a thin coat of our product can be applied to first seal the wood, followed by the full mil thickness requirement.

We recommend application with a commercial grade airless paint sprayer with a minimum operating pressure of 2000-3000 PSI. With this type of application, you can achieve the smoothest finish and, at the same time, deliver the maximum amount of material per coat. This product can also be brush applied.

FlameOFF® Fire Barrier Paint is tested over bare or primed surfaces only. For this reason, approval for use over a painted substrate is at the discretion of the building official. Existing paints must be clean with no cracking, peeling or flaking. A pull test to verify adhesion may be performed. It is recommended to rough the surface of the existing coating to create better adhesion between the existing paint and the intumescent coating.

FlameOFF® Intumescent paint is available to order by visiting our website at www.flameoffcoatings.com. Click the big red “ORDER NOW” button in the top right hand corner and complete the checkout process. Orders typically ship within 24 hours!

Intumescent paint is typically thicker than a standard latex paint. Our product, FlameOFF® Fire Barrier Paint, is 71% volume solids; almost twice the thickness of a standard latex paint! Required Dry Film Thicknesses vary depending upon substrate. For more details, please contact a FlameOFF® Representative to figure DFT and coverage rates for your particular project.

Once activated, intumescent paint can expand up to 50 times the original application thickness. Depending on the original mil thickness and length of time exposed to fire, the protective char can be measured anywhere from several millimeters to several inches in thickness.

FlameOFF® intumescent paint comes in white. If a different finish is preferred, this product can be topcoated with latex or acrylic paints with a matte or low gloss finish.

We love working direct with our customers! All FlameOFF® products are shipped directly from our manufacturing facility located in North Carolina.

FlameOFF® Fire Barrier Paint cannot be tinted, as any alterations to the finished material can impact the effectiveness of the coating and its ability to perform in the event of a fire. However, this product can be topcoated if a different finish color is preferred.

Our intumescent paint has a smooth finish, despite being 71% volume solids- almost twice as thick as a standard latex paint! For best results, we recommend working with an experienced coatings applicator who can can spray-apply this product for the smoothest finish. We provide a comprehensive application guide and offer an online training module for application as well.

There are multiple ways of measuring the thickness of the applied intumescent coating. For structural steel, it is most common to use an electronic DFT gauge. Destructive gauges may also be used. For non-metal substrates, Wet to Dry film thickness calculations are best utilized, in which a WFT gauge (aka powder comb) is used to measure the depth of the wet coating, which can then be multiplied by the volume solids content to calculate the dry film thickness. Contact our technical team for answers to any additional inspection method questions.

It would be great if you can get at least 24 hours to cure, preferably 48 to 72 hours would be better. That just allows more moisture to get out of it before you apply another layer.

Here is no specific recoat period required and no effective "half life" of the coating- so long as the coating stays intact, it is effective. Physical damage or environmental exposure (high humidity, temperature swings, etc) can cause flaking/adhesion loss, and would require reapplication of the product.

For Gypsum applications, no primer is required. Contact our technical team for a recommended primer if needed.

For most applications, yes! For Structural Steel Applications, an Alkyd Metal Primer is required. For Galvanized Steel Applications, an all purpose acrylic primer is required.

Wet Film Thickness, or WFT, is the measured thickness of any applied wet paint/coating. Dry Film Thickness (DFT) is the thickness of the coating once it has cured, and is calculated based on the volume solids content of the material. Both variables are measured in mils. Our product is 71% volume solids. Therefore, DFT can be calculated as WFT x 0.71.

All orders ship from North Carolina. Once shipped, FedEx/UPS ground orders typically take 2-3 business days for delivery on the East Coast, 3-5 business days for delivery in the mid/southwest, and 5-6 business days for delivery on the West Coast. Orders shipped via LTL Freight typically take an additional 1-2 business days. Expedited shipping options are available. Please contact our technical team if faster delivery is needed.

The shipping cost depends on the size of the order and your delivery zone. Once you have added a product to your shopping cart, you can calculate the estimated shipping cost using your delivery zipcode, before you check out.

This product is stocked on the floor. Orders ship within 24-48 hours of being placed, with the exception of 55 gallon drums, which require a 1 week additional lead time.

We offer a 5 gallon pail as the smallest packaging size.

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