FAQ's

Can NoFire be mixed into composite materials to make them fire retardant?
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No. It's a coating, not an additive.
What is the shelf life of NoFire in its container?
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The company guarantees one (1) year from date of shipment.
How long does it last once it is applied to a substrate?
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Indefinitely under normal and not severe conditions.
Does it come with glossy, semi-gloss finishes?
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No. A glossy or semi-gloss finish can be obtained by top coating.
Does it come in colors?
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White is standard, but NoFire paint can be provided in all other colors.
Does it come clear?
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No!
Can it be used outdoors?
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Yes, but only with a protective topcoat.
How thick is it applied?
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Thickness depends on type of surface and specific requirements. Consult Application Manual and Technical Data Sheets.
Is it toxic?
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. No. It is a nontoxic, water base coating.
What does 'intumescent' mean?
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When exposed to heat or fire at temperatures over 190°C it expands & swells to approx. 20-100 times its applied thickness.
Do you have approval for ASTM E119 on structural steel?
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Yes for S-Barrier wrap system, a NoFire patented system for steel columns.
Does it insulate?
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Not at room temperature; only when activated at high temperature.
Is it Class A Rated?
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Yes.
Is it UL Classified?
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Yes.
Is it a coating or a paint?
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It is both. A "coating" provides protection & a "paint" is used to decorate.
Does it insulate?
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Not at room temperature; only when activated at high temperature.
How is it applied?
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Ordinary brush, roller, airless spray or conventional spray equipment.
Any special surface preparation?
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Surface preparation required is identical to an ordinary paint job. No Special preparation.
Does it require a primer?
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Ordinarily a primer is not required, except when coating certain types of paint, such as enamel or steel in a marine environment where corrosion protection is recommended.
What kind of primer?
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Many primers are suitable. The best are matte finish or rough finish primers. Check with the Technical Department of NoFire for specific recommendations for your application.
How long for drying and cure?
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This depends on air temperature, relative humidity and coating thickness. At room temperature and humidity, a minimum of 2 hours drying is required before applying additional coats. Curing time recommended is 48 hours, but 24 hours is minimum.
When applying outside, what is the highest or lowest air temperature allowable?
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The highest and lowest air temperature are 80° C and 5° C.
Can I thin the liquid?
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NoFire Technologies does not recommend thinning. If the liquid viscosity is too high,contact the Technical Department of NoFire.
What if it accidentally comes into contact with my skin? Eyes? or swallowed?
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Wash with soaped and water. Refer to MSDS document for further instructions.
In what size containers is it shipped?
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19 Litre Buckets.
Does it have a "one hour" or "two hour" rating?
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A product does not itself have this rating, but rather a complete system is rated. The system ratings are contained in the Technical Manual.
What do I do if I accidentally crack or chip a section of a painted surface?
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The affected area can be "touched up" similar to ordinary paint with no loss of performance.
Can I tint it to another color?
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No, it must be ordered and manufactured to the desired color.
How do I know what thickness is required?
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Refer to the application documents. For specific applications refer to the Technical Manual or contact the Technical Department of NoFire.
Can I make ordinary paint fire retardant?
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No.
Can I spray this material on furniture, drapes, carpets to make them fire retardant?
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No! NoFire is a coating only.
Can it be supplied in lower or higher viscosity?
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Yes, viscosity can be varied upon request.
What types of surfaces will it protect?
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Nearly all surfaces, such as wood, wood products, metals and composite. It is not useful for soft materials such as carpet, etc.
What types of surfaces will it not provide protection?
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Carpet, drapers, fabrics, etc.
Is it harmful to children or animals if swallowed in liquid form or chips from a wall surface?
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No! Refer to Acute Oral Toxicity Test in the Technical Manual.
How do I clean up after use? (brush, rollers, spray, hands, etc.)
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Ordinary water and soap.
What is the difference between fire retardant, fire protective and fire proof?
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As colloquial terms they are interchangeable. As technical terms they are defined by a specific standard.
Are there other fire retardant coatings on the market? What is the difference?
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Yes. The major differences are level of performance, thickness required, toxicity and smoke, durability, ease of application and approvals for use.