Steel Structures Get New Fire Option


Fast-drying fire protection for steel beams, columns and braces in major building projects is the promise of Sherwin-Williams' new Firetex FX6000.

The intumescent coating features an "ultra rapid drying process" that offers one-hour drying to speed projects and output while providing durability up to 20 years, the company says.

The coating is also designed to also offer improved adhesion and hardness to steel components in major building projects.

The fire protection performance of the patented Firetex FX6000 technology is independently certified under Exova Warringtonfire’s Certifire scheme; in durability testing under ETAG 18 Part 2, it meets the requirements for Type X, internal, semi-exposed and exposed locations, the manufacturer says.

The coating is designed for steel beams, columns and braces used in major building projects.

“This technology means there is a much faster throughput in the shop, less mechanical handling damage, and the potential to save costs on heating in the shop," said Rick Perkins, Firetex Project Development Manager for Sherwin-Williams's protective and marine EMEA market, where the coating is being launched.

“We have listened to our customers who want quicker drying times to speed up projects and make further project efficiencies.”

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Tagged categories: Coatings Technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Fire-resistive coatings; Intumescent; Passive Fire Protection; Protective Coatings; Sherwin-Williams; Steel

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