Contego Fire Retardant paint is a full-bodied latex, single component coating designed to protect a wide range of building materials including aluminum, dimensional lumber, manufactured wood products, trusses, drywall, spray polyurethane foam insulation, HDPE wall panels, concrete, plaster, solid core doors and more. The product may also be used for conduit, decking and cladding. Contego is BS 476 Part 6 and 7 Certified: Class 1.
Looking For A Paint To Make Your Substrate Resistant To Fire?
Fire retardant paints might be your answer. Fire retardant paints is a type of coating which can slow down the spread of fire, or serve as a barrier protect the surface from the fire. Although fire retardant paints cannot make a surface 100% fireproof, it is able to slow down the spread of fire to allow safe evacuation. Sometimes, the coating can even reduce damage to the substrate to a bare minimum, allowing repair at a fraction of the cost of replacement .
Fire Retardant Paints Are Suitable For Use On Most Construction Materials, Including:
- bricks and stones
- MDF (medium density fiberboard)
- Painted surfaces
What is Contego Passive Fire Barrier?
Contego Original Formula Reactive Fire Barrier Intumescent (RFB) is a full-bodied latex, single component intumescent
coating designed to protect a wide range of building materials.
It is white in color, and is typically applied using airless spray. It can be used together with a suitable primer and top coat to achieve the finish you desire for your project.
Contego protects passively – simply apply and forget: it will expand when exposed to flame to form a protective char barrier, shielding the substrate from direct contact with fire.
As seen in the demonstration, the blowtorch was able to burn through the tin can easily in less than a minute, while a thin coat of Contego alone was able to protect the tin can for over an hour.
When the tin can was cut open for inspection afterwards, it is revealed that there is minimal damage to the material below.
Imagine what Contego can do to protect your assets!
A Brief History On Fire Retardant Paints
Development of fire retardants started as early as the 1950s. While they were unable to arrest fires, they were effective in delaying the spread of fire, giving occupants precious additional time for evacuation, and fire fighters additional time to react to the fire.
However, early generations of fire retardant coatings were extremely expensive, difficult to apply, ugly, toxic, foul smelling, and required special equipment as well as specially trained contractors to install. This made installation a nightmare, especially for project managers.
Furthermore, the thick, cementitious products had to applied directly on the substrate, which means that the substrate below are vulnerable to rust or corrosion, causing the fire retardant layer to fall off prematurely.
Compare this with Contego in the last picture. That thin layer of Contego is able to provide the same level of fire protection as the thick, unsightly layer beside it.
Contego Offers Not Just Equal, But BETTER Fire Protection, With None Of The Above Problems!
No More Rust Penetration
No More Thick, Ugly Coating
No More Poor Adhesion
Brand X vs Contego
How Is Contego Different? Contego Is:
- Environmentally Friendly – Contego is a water-based latex coating with zero VOCs
- Aesthetically Pleasing – Contego is beautifully thin, and paper smooth
- Non Toxic – Contego has a pleasant scent and is completely non-toxic, both in the can and during a burn.
- Versatile – Contego can be used to protect virtually any type of building material with a suitable primer, while the top coat can be customized to any color.
- Reliable – Contego can be applied to provide up to three hours protection on certain steel and concrete applications.
- Easy to incorporate in your projects – Contego is lighter, thinner, smoother, and easier to use. Contego’s flexibility of use makes changes and work-arounds a snap. This translates to time, labor and overall cost savings.
What Certification Standards Are Relevant To Fire Retardant Coatings in Singapore?
Singapore has 2 main groups of certification standards governing the rating of fire retardant paint performances. They are:
- BS 476 Part 6: Method of test for fire propagation for products
- BS 476 Part 7: Method of test to determine the classification of the surface spread of flame of products
Part 6 and 7 seeks to measure the effectiveness of fire retardant paints in slowing down the spread of fire across the painted surface.
The other group is:
- BS 476 Part 20: Method for determination of the fire resistance of elements of construction (general principles)
- BS 476 Part 21: Methods for determination of the fire resistance of load bearing elements of construction
Part 20 and 21 seeks to measure the effectiveness of fire retardant paints in protecting structural elements of a building (usually steel) from heat gain. This is commonly applied for structural steel.
In Singapore, the Fire Code 2013: Appendix 6 – Notes On The Use Of Intumescent Paints For Protection To Structural Steel Members Of Buildings sets out the requirements for testing, submission, inspection and maintenance of intumescent paints used on structural steel.
Why Are There So Many Checks And Procedures In Place For Structural Steel?
This is because even though steel does not burn when exposed to fire, steel loses much of its load bearing capabilities when its core temperature reaches a certain level. In extreme cases, this means that the building will collapse under its own weight.
Hence, fire protection is required to slow down the increase in core temperature of structural steel; and checks must be conducted to ensure that the fire protection has been done up correctly, and is providing adequate protection.
What Certifications Does Contego Have?
Each certification is specific to the substrate and choice of coating system.
To certify your project, a sample must be submitted to a certified 3rd party tester such as TÜV SÜD or Setsco. Contego has been proven to be able to pass Part 6, 7, 20 and 21 certification. These reports are included as a reference.
DISCLAIMER: The reports below are only included as a REFERENCE.