Intumescent paint coatings finish standards

A variety of finish standards can be achieved depending on the look desired and the available budget. Naturally a higher level of finish is going to be more labour and material intensive and will therefore cost more.

It should be noted that the level of finish does not affect the fire rating level in any way... all finishes offer the same degree of protection.

Standard finish

Application

Spray applied

Areas of use

Non-visible areas

Finish

Stippled, "orange peel" finish

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Commercial finish

Application

First coat spray applied, second coat thinned, top coat spray applied

Areas of use

Visible areas distant from foot traffic

Finish

Uniform appearance with minor "orange peel" appearance

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Architectural finish

Application

First coat spray applied, sanded flat, second coat thinned, top coat spray applied

Areas of use

Visible areas

Finish

Smooth appearance

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