Firefree® 88 Overview
Firefree 88 ("FF88") is a premium quality water based, non toxic, thin film intumescent fire retardant and resistant coating fully tested to provide fire ratings required by the International Building Code for wall assemblies, floor/ceilings assemblies, roof ceiling assemblies and individual structural members. Firefree 88 can be used individually or as part of a system to provide the fire resistance ratings of elements in construction, transportation and insulation. FF88 has been tested to meet ASTM E-119 (1 & 2 hour). In addition, FF88 has also been tested to meet FM 4880, FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814 etc…
Firefree 88 is a cost efficient, easy to use, single component fire retardant and resistant coating formulated to provide timed fire resistant ratings for the construction, transportation and insulation industries.
Firefree 88 is fully tested to comply with the most stringent fire tests requirements: the code driven hourly fire ratings (ASTM E-119…)required for the walls, ceilings, corridors, shaft walls, etc…, found in all building and transportation structures in the US and internationally.
Firefree 88 is cost efficient: as a result of its' superior fire resistant performance, only a relatively thin layer of FF88 will be required. As a result, FF88 provides significant material and labor cost reductions (savings of 30 to 70% and above) when compared to other options in situations such as retrofit and historical upgrades, defective construction, new construction or transportation.
Firefree 88 is easy to use: FF88 is a high quality, non-toxic, water based retardand and resistant (matte) paint with excellent adhesion and durability and is easy to apply by brush, roller or sprayer. In most cases, FF88 will be self-priming, thus resulting in additional cost savings.
Firefree 88 can be applied to a wide range of combustible materials and assemblies: including gypsum board, wood, lather and plaster, embossed tin, thin gauge metal, foam, foam composite panels, fiberglass, carbon fiber and other composite materials. Its use is recommended for residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial projects (schools, dormitories, assisted living, hospice care, nursing homes, hotel, stores, restaurant, transportation…).
FF88 Paint Characteristics
- Easy to use, easy to apply (brush, roller or sprayer)
- Fully tested
- Nontoxic, low odor, tintable
- Environmentally friendly (meets all VOC requirements)
- Smooth architectural grade finish
- Provides fire resistant barrier on a variety of substrates
- applies like any paint
- use as an undercoat or finish paint
- water based, non-toxic
- can be tinted
- flat sheen
- environmentally friendly (VOC, 33 grams/liter)
Extensive fire testing have been conducted at third party accredited IAS fire tests laboratories, including Western Fire Center, Omega Point Laboratories, Southwest Laboratories, Warnock Hersey, CSIRO, University of California Forest, FF88, an intumescent coating, has been shown to withstand temperatures of up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to two hours. By comparison, an average fire will burn at about 1000° Fahrenheit to 1500° Fahrenheit (it is estimated that the World Trade Center burned at around 1700° Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes).
FF88 has been approved by Factory Mutual (FM Global) and it is classified by Underwriters Laboratory in accordance to UL 723/ASTM E84 on OSB and Douglas Fir.
FF88 contains fire to its room of origin. By protecting the walls and ceilings and preventing them from contributing to the fire, FF88 will limit the amount of combustible materials available for flashover. This will prevent the fire from spreading or, at a minimum, slow it down thus giving people time to escape and firemen time to arrive and safely save property. In some cases, fires can burn out after exhausting the initial combustible materials.
FF88 limits smoke propagation. The production of smoke in a fire is often more lethal than the fire itself. Simulations and tests have proven that using FF88 will limit the combustibility of the room and thus dramatically reduce the smoke generated, allowing extra minutes to escape.
FF88 preserves structural integrity. Since FF88 can contain the fire to the room of origin and prevent fire penetration of the walls and ceiling, the potential fire damage to the studs and ceiling joists in a structure is dramatically reduced, preventing structural collapse while allowing firefighters the extra safety to fight the fire from the inside.
FF88 application is easy and cost efficient. A brush, roller or sprayer can be used to apply Firefree88. Being a water-based latex, no special equipment is required, minimum time is needed for clean up (just use water) and FF88 can be tinted any color. FF88 can be applied over most existing paint; new paint or wallpaper can be applied over FF88.
FF88 is non-toxic and environmentally safe. Firefree88 has no toxic fumes, little or no odor and has passed the stringent requirements for solvents and emissions by the State of California for 2008.