A fire retardant spray is typically a saturant, meaning that you spray it on wood, fabric, paper or some other absorbent material. The chemical soaks in and bonds with the fibers, making them fire retardant.
One of the most common uses for saturants is to treat fabrics in public spaces, like schools, nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals, restaurants and retail stores. Also included are special events like trade shows, theaters, festivals and concerts. Items typically treated include curtains and drapes, hay bales, trade show banners, plywood dividers, carpets (including carpets on walls), decorations, wall hangings and more.
Fire retardancy for saturants is measured in two key areas, flame spread and smoke development. A Class A retardant for wood, according to ASTM E84 standards, has a flame spread of less than 25, and a smoke developed value of less than 450. For fabric, the standard is NFPA 701, using a simple test to measure flame spread on a 12 inch strip of treated fabric.
There isn't any product out there that is actually 'fire proof,' because anything will burn if it gets hot enough. Flame retardants are designed to substantially slow the spread of flame and give people a chance to react and get out of the building.
The primary job of fire marshals is to ensure that public spaces and events meet the fire codes for their municipality. The most common of these codes are ASTM E84 and NFPA 701, but there are dozens of other codes for specific applications, including steel, drywall and foam insulation, among others.
Here are our most popular flame retardant spray offerings, but we have a few others for special applications (just call if you don't see what you need to pass code):
BanFire Flame Retardant Spray for Fabrics
An inexpensive alternative to high-priced retardants for fabrics, curtains and drapes, BanFire provides exceptional protection while being completely odorless and non-staining. Quarts come with easy-to-use trigger sprayer. Passed the NFPA 701 test for fabrics with flying colors! Available in quarts, gallons, 5 gallons, 55 gallons. Also, 6 quart kits. FREE SHIPPING on this product!
Lumber Guard for Interior Wood
Excellent for use where a time rating is required by code (i.e. a one-hour rating). Lumber, Plywood, Reclaimed Wood, OSB, MDF, Trusses, Truss Joists, I-Joists, Trim, Moldings, Doors, Cabinets, Wood Framing, Furniture and many others.
ASTM E84 (Class A & 30 Minute)
ASTM E119 (1 Hour commercial, 17 minute residential)
Lumber Guard for Exterior Wood
Formulated for EXTERIOR fireproofing wood, Lumber, Plywood, Reclaimed Wood, Tiki / Thatch, and other woods that are exposed to the elements.
ASTM E84 (Class A)
ASTM E2768 (ext. 30 min)
CSI Division 06 05 73.13
CSI Division 09 96 43
Flame Guard Clear Coat
Used for Interior and Exterior porous/non porous surfaces. For Lumber, Plywood, Thatching and Bamboo, Painted or Stained Surfaces.
NFPA 255 703
FPCC for Plastic
Clear fire retardant coating designed specifically for plastic. Intumescent clear coat that forms a thick layer of char that protects the substrate.
IMO Resolution A.753(18);
ASTM F1173-95 Section A5
Thatch Safe Intumescent Coating
Clear intumescent fire retardant coating for thatch, exterior reeds, bamboo, koa and tiki.
ASTM E84 (Class A)
RDR Technologies specializes in fire retardants, fire suppressants, and several other specialty chemicals. In addition to making our own formulas, we offer many best-in-class products from other manufacturers as well. We have available several other fire retardants that are not listed here. If you have a need for a special type of fire retardant, or you are not sure which product you need to meet code, feel free to call Doug at 405-306-3062, and we will do our best to get you the correct product.