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High Performance Fire Resistant and Flame Retardant Paints

FIREFREE EXTERIOR TECHNICAL

FfE on its own does not have fire retardant properties. FfA, or Ff88, as applicable, will provide the fire retardant or fire resistant properties, while top coating them with FfE will protect such properties from exterior weathering. The dry film thickness specified by Firefree for FfA or Ff88 and FfE must be strictly complied to meet the fire retardant or resistant protection required.

For FfA, when used to improve fire protection for structures exposed to wildfires and bushfires in the Wildland Urban Interface (“WUI”), per ASTM E 84 30 minutes extended, the thickness required is two (2) coats @ 10 mils dry each; total 20 mils dry. Net coverage rate with the specified two coats: 53 sqft/gal (1.30 m2/l).

For Ff88, when used to provide ASTM E 119 in exterior applications, the thickness will have to be recommended by Firefree and will vary depending on the substrate and the rating required. Please contact Firefree for more information.

For FfE, whether used to top coat FfA or Ff88, the thickness required is two (2) coats @ 3 mils dry each; total 6 mils dry. Net coverage rate with the specified two coats: 110 sqft/gal (2.70 m2/l).

FfA has been tested to both the ASTM E 84 and ASTM E84 30 minute extended. FfA Testing

Ff88 has been tested to most building codes requirements, including the ASTM E119, for a wide variety of substrates and ratings. Ff88 Testing

The Ff Exterior System (FfA top coated with FfE) has been tested to the ASTM E-84 30 minute extended test standard on 5/8” T-111 Douglas Fir siding. The ASTM E-84 extended 30 minute fire test standard meets the requirement for ignition resistant materials and is the same test standard used to rate chemically treated, fire rated lumber. The Ff Exterior System has also been tested by Firefree to methods similar to the ASTM D 2898 Method B weatherization test with follow up fire testing to the ASTM E 1623 I-Cal.

Firefree Class A is listed under LEED compliant paints and coatings in accordance with CDPH Standard Method v1.2, 2017 emissions. It should be noted paints earn LEED v4 Emitting Materials credit for being emission certified in addition to meeting CARB SCM 2007 VOC limits.

FfE

COMPLIES WITH BELOW AS OF 04/24/2017
SCAQMD YES LEED V3 YES
CARB YES MPI GPS- 1 YES
GS-11 YES MPI GPS- 2 Yes
AIM YES <50 g/L  

FfA

COMPLIES WITH BELOW AS OF 01/01/2014
OTC YES CalGreen YES
SCAQMD YES LEED NCv1.2 EQc-4.2 YES
MPI# YES VOC <36g/l

Listing:
International Code Council (ICC), listing, ESR 4271
California State Fire Marshall (CSFM), listing 2280-2212

Ff88

Qualifies for LEED v4 Credit CDPH/EHLB Standard Method v1.2, 2017 Emissions Meets VOC regulations (OTC, SCAQMD CARB) Master Painters Institute® (MPI) Green Performance® GPS1/GPS2
YES YES YES YES
Fire Safety. For various reasons, including (i) the very different circumstances that may exist from one fire to another, (ii) the differences between conditions in an actual fire and laboratory conditions in which testing is conducted, and (iii) the inherent variability of fire tests, passing a laboratory test or certifying/labeling either Ff88, FfA or FfE (each a “Product”) for use in specific assemblies/systems does not mean that the same application of any such Product will necessarily provide an equivalent protection or the same result in an actual fire or in a new laboratory test. Furthermore, each Product, or combination thereof, is to be used only as a component of complete fire retardation systems. Ff88 or FfA will only contribute to slowing fire spread for the area where it has been applied and will not, by itself, prevent a fire from starting or continuing. The amount by which Ff88 or FfA retards a particular fire will depend, among other things, on (i) the amount of Ff88 or FfA applied, (ii) the conditions of the other elements of the assembly incorporating Ff88, or FfA, and (iii) the conditions of the actual fire itself. Ff88, FfA or FfE will not make a fire any less dangerous to persons or property. Firefree cannot guarantee that loss or injury will not be suffered by persons or property. It is the sole responsibility of the applicator to ensure that each Product has been applied in accordance with the application directions. It is the responsibility of the occupier to ensure the paint is not cracked, chipped or peeling.
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