Firefee 88 — Fire Resistant & Fire Retardant, Intumescent Coating for Construction Materials

Firefee 88 - Fire Resistant & Fire Retardant, Intumescent Coating for Construction Materials

Product Summary

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

Testing and Performance


Firefree 88 («FF88″) is used to comply with the most stringent, significant fire test requirements: the code driven hourly fire ratings required for the walls, ceilings, corridors, shaft walls, etc, found in all building structures in the United States and internationally. These code requirements are clearly defined in either the Uniform Building Code (UBC) or by the International Code Council (ICC). The standard is known as ASTM E 119 and is found in both the UBC and ICC codes. In this standard, wall assemblies are tested in a vertical oven and floor assemblies are tested in a horizontal oven. The testing, in both ovens, is run at 1700 Fahrenheit for one hour and at 1850 Fahrenheit for the second or third hour, and beyond.

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

FF88 has been approved by Factory Mutual (FM Global), classified by Underwriters Laboratories (U/L) and tested at accredited third party IAS fire testing laboratories.

The dry film thickness required will vary depending on the fire rating being required and the material/substrate being coated.

See Testing Index below.


FF88 can withstand extreme temperatures. FF88 is the first coating to bring a true fire barrier to a wide variety of materials and assemblies including gypsum wallboard, wood, lath and plaster, concrete, sheet metal, tin, foam, foam composite panels, as well as more advanced materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber. (FF88 is not designed for use on structural steel.), FF88 has been shown to withstand temperatures of up to 2000 Fahrenheit for up to two hours. As a result, FF88 provides a high level of fire protection for the benefit of many diverse industries, including construction, insulation and transportation (land, air, sea).

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.

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