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FF88 Intumescent, Water-Based Coating for Building Materials

Firefree88 (FF88) is a water-based, intumescent coating that can withstand extreme temperatures (up to 2000° Fahrenheit) for an extended period of time (up to two hours).

Firefree88 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.)

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). Introduction to the FireFree88® System (2:05)

FF88 is unique because of its unmatched level of performance both as a fire retardant (prevents flame spread/flashover) and as a fire resistant (resists fire penetration).

As a result of its high performance in limiting flame spread and fire penetration, FF88 has the proven ability to contain a fire by preventing both (i) the occurrence of flashovers and (ii) the fire from penetrating walls and ceilings, thus resulting in saving lives and preserving the structural integrity of property.


FF88's performance is truly unique because of its high level of performance both as a fire retardant and as a fire resistant coating.

Firefree88 is a very cost effective method to provide fireproofing, often resulting in 40% to 60% savings compared to traditional methods, which often require massive amounts of material and labor and which inconvenience building occupants.


What does FF88 do?

Over the past several years, Firefree88 has been widely demonstrated and tested.

Based on prescribed testing, FF88 has clearly demonstrated that, depending on the dry mil thickness applied to walls, San Francisco Live Burn (6:44) ceilings and other construction assemblies and materials, it can resist a fire up to 2000° Fahrenheit for up to two hours and can contribute to the containment of fire.

Containment is recognized as an effective code mandated fire safety requirement for fire resistance and fire safety design and is expressed in the proper design of fire rated party walls, ceilings, shafts, access and egress corridors.

How does FF88 work?

When exposed to a heat source of approximately 350° Fahrenheit, FF88 will begin to intumesce, or expand, forming a protective barrier between the flame source and the substrate to which the coating was applied.

This barrier will prevent the fire from penetrating the walls and ceilings made of such substrate. Side-by-Side Corner Test (3:44) Without Firefree 88, as the initial materials burn, fire will penetrate walls and ceilings, leading to their rapid deterioration and a resulting spread of the flames to adjoining rooms.

Additionally, the penetration of the fire in the walls and ceilings will lead to their contributing to the fire itself, by becoming fuel to the initial flames.

With Firefree 88, walls and ceilings will resist fire penetration thereby helping to contain the initial fire to the room of origin.

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