Q: What's the difference between 'fire retardant' 'fire protective' and 'fire proof'?
A: In our industry we have specific definitions for each, which is why we specifically claim our product to be 'fire retardant.'
Q: Are there other fire retardant coatings on the market? What are the differences?
A: Yes, there are other products, all with different levels of performance, application thickness required, toxicity, durability, ease of application and approvals for use.
Q: Can I mix nofire with other paints or finishes to make them fire retardant?
A: No, NoFire works only as a coating, not when mixed with other paints.
Q: Can I thin NoFire?
A: We don't recommend it, if you think your paint or coating is too thick, contact our technical department.
Q: What's the shelf life of NoFire in its container?
A: We guarantee the product for 1 year after we ship it.
Q: How long does NoFire last after it is applied?
A: Under normal conditions, NoFire will not lose its fire protection abilities.
Q: What finishes does NoFire come in?
A: NoFire comes in a matte finish, but a glossy or semi-glossy finish can be obtained by using one of our top coatings
Q: What colors does it come in?
A: Our base color is white, but we can mix it for any color you want.
Q: Can I tint NoFire to another color?
A: No, we need to mix it to the color you want
Q: Does it come clear?
Q: Can it be used outdoors?
A: Yes, but only with a protective top coat
Q: How do I apply it?
A: Just like normal paints, a brush, roller, or paint sprayers will all work.
Q: How thick is it when applied?
A: NoFire's thickness depends on your project's requirements. You should consult the Application Manual and Technical Data sheets to find the thickness you need.
Q: Can I order it to be thicker or thinner than normal?
A: Yes, we can vary the products viscosity upon request.
Q: Is NoFire toxic?
A: No, NoFire is a nontoxic, water-based coating
Q: Should I be worried if I get NoFire in my eyes, mouth, ears, or on my skin?
A: No, just wash with soap and water and NoFire will dissolve easily.
Q: Is it harmfull if NoFire is swallowed as a liquid or ingested as paint chips?
A: No, refer to our Acute Oral Toxicity Test in the Technical Manuel.
Q: What does Intumescent mean?
A: It describes what our product does. When exposed to heat, an intrumescent product will expand. When our paint is exposed to heat above 375 degrees F it expands to approximately 20-100 times its normal thickness. This part of what makes our product so effective.
Q: Is it a coating or a paint?
A: NoFire does both. It is a protective coating that comes in any color and finishes like any other paint.
Q: Do I need to do any special surface preparation?
A: Just like normal paints, the surface needs to be clean and smooth, nothing beyond that.
Q: Does NoFire require a primer?
A: Usually you wont need a primer, but if you're coating anything that may corrode, like enamel or steel in marine environments, a primer is recommended.
Q: What kind of primer do I need for those special surfaces?
A: Many primers work well, but the best are matte finish or rough finish primers. Check with our Technical Department to get specific recommendations for your project.
Q: How long does it take to dry and cure?
A: It depends on temperature and humidity, but in normal room temperature and humidity it takes about 2 hours to dry and between a minimum of 24 hours and a recommended 48 hours to cure.
Q: If I'm applying NoFire outside, what are the minimum and maximum temperatures I should do it in?
A: Temperatures between 40 deg. F and 180 deg. F are fine.
Q: What size are the containers?
A: We have 5 gallon pails or 50 gallon drums.
Q: Does NoFire have a 'one hour' or 'two hour' rating?
A: Each of our products does not have a rating to themselves, but each system does. All the ratings for each system are in the Technical Manuel.
Q: What should I do if I accidentally crack or chip some of the dried paint?
A: Just touch it up like you would any normal paint. There won't be any loss of protection.
Q: Can I spray NoFire on my furniture, drapes or carpets to make them fire retardant?
A: No, NoFire only works as a coating on hard, smooth surfaces.
Q: What types of surfaces will it protect?
A: Nearly all smooth, hard surfaces such as wood, wood products, metals, and composites. NoFire will not work on soft surfaces like upholstery or carpets.
Q: How do I clean up after I'm done?
A: Just wash your brushes, rollers, surfaces, and skin with soap and water.
Q: Do you have approval for ASTM E119 on structural steel?
A: Yes, our patented S-Barrier wrap system meets all these requirements.
Q: Can you make curtains and wallpaper from your textile materials?
Q: Does NoFire insulate?
A: Not at room temperature, the insulating properties only activate at high temperatures.
Q: Is it class A Rated?
Q: Is it UL Classified?