Getting help with intumescent paint coatings

The specifying and application of an intumescent coating system is a highly specialised task that requires considerable training and experience to accomplish correctly.

We have endeavoured to explain as much as possible about intumescent coating systems but, at the end of the day, qualified contractors should be employed to ensure a system's compliance. They can assist in:

  • all steps in your project, from initial specification to installation
  • the optimisation of structural steel selection to ensure compliant fire protection
  • the use of multi-temperature analysis data to enable optimisation of critical steel temperatures
  • project-specific fire testing to assist with appropriate performance-based, fire-engineered solutions

The early engagement of a qualified contractor will ensure that a suitable, cost-effective system is specified, saving money in the long run.

Swart & Sons have a long-standing track record in the specification and application of intumescent coating systems.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or require specialised expertise with your project.

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Intumescent coating types

There are a variety of intumescent coating types with different properties and application methods. Which type is the best for your situation?

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Passive fire protection methods

There are several ways to protect building structural work. Whilst some methods may be more prevalent, there is no one "best way" to protect a building's structure. The best method will most likely be determined by a number of factors, but here are your options.

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Fire-rated boards
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Off-site versus on-site application

Nullifire SC902 ‘hybrid’ intumescent coating system - one of our preferred ‘hybrid’ intumescent coating systems - is based on patented technology that delivers exceptional productivity gains for both on-site and off-site applications, in comparison with conventional intumescent coatings used for structural steel fire protection.

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Intumescent paint coating specification templates

Access a range of templates supplied by manufacturers for the purposes of specifying their intumescent paint coating products for various FRLs and corrosivity ratings.

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Intumescent paint coating corrosivity ratings in the Australian atmosphere

It's common knowledge that corrosion rates are affected by environmental factors, but do you know the various corrosivity ratings and their definitions?

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Limiting steel temperatures to maintain structural integrity

Maintaining structural adequacy on load-bearing steel is critical to the fire safety of building occupants, fire fighters and the surrounding built environment. Here's how limiting steel temperatures to maintain structural integrity relates to intumescent paint coatings.

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Fire types and severity

Different combustible materials burn at different temperatures which will have a bearing on the FRL of a given intumescent paint coating. This needs to be taken into account when specifying intumescent products so that the required FRL is ensured for the combustible materials that are likely to be encountered in a particular situation.

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Quality assurance for intumescent paint coatings

We believe Painting Contractor Certification Program (PCCP) accreditation is paramount for passive fire protection contractors engaged in applying intumescent paint coating systems.

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Specifying intumescent paint coatings

Whilst intumescent coating products may look just like paint, they have an important function (i.e. passive fire protection) that makes their specification a much more involved process.

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How core filling affects intumescent paint coatings

Core filling is a viable solution to fire-protect high Hp/A hollow section steel that is otherwise unable to achieve the desired FRL.

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