RDR Technologies

Fire Retardant Paints & Coatings

There are typically two types of situations for using fire retardant paints and coatings.

  • Time-Rated (such as 15 minutes for spray foam insulation, 1 hour for engineered wood I-joists, or 1 to 3 hours for steel)
  • Class A or B (such as for panelling, plywood, soffits, drywall, and other non-load-bearing uses)

RDR is quite familiar with the fire codes, and what is required in most situations. We can recommend the products that will meet code, be cost effective, and meet your aesthetic requirements. We define coatings as a liquid that primarily sits on the surface of the substrate, rather than a saturant, which soaks into the wood or fabric. Here are a few options:

  • Intumescent Paints – these swell up and form a thick (up to 1″) layer of charred material that protects the substrate.
  • Intumescent Clear Coats – these are usually polymer-based and can be partially absorbed into the substrate. Can be used on thatch, bamboo, previously painted surfaces, exterior wood, plastic, and many others.

FR Paint for Structural Steel - Contego HS

Contego Fire Retardant Paint

If you are in the middle of new construction, or renovating an older building, the fire marshal may require a one or two hour rating on any exposed steel beams or columns. Specifically designed for structural steel and steel decking, the new Contego High Solids formula means you can get the same great results using 20% less paint. A thinner coat means less labor costs to get the desired rating. No special certifications or equipment are required beyond a strong hydraulic airless sprayer (3300 psi) and the ability to measure the thickness of the paint. Contego accomplishes in a few thin coats what takes other coatings 10 or more!

The regular Contego formula is designed to protect a wide range of building materials, including dimensional lumber, manufactured wood products, trusses, drywall, spray polyurethane foam insulation, HDPE wall panels, concrete, plaster, solid core doors and more.

Give us a call and we can tell you not only which product will work best for you, but how much you will need. SHOPPING CART

FR Paint for Structural Lumber & Time-Rated Materials - Contego Regular

The regular Contego formula is designed to protect a wide range of building materials, including dimensional lumber, manufactured wood products, trusses, drywall, spray polyurethane foam insulation, HDPE wall panels, concrete, plaster, solid core doors and more. Contego may also be used for conduit, decking and cladding.

CONTEGO’s Passive Fireproofing Barrier (PFB) is a latex, water-based coating that can be applied to virtually any type of building material and provides up to three hours protection (on certain steel applications and concrete).  When exposed to high heat or fire, Contego's passive firebarrier thin film coating swells or “intumesces” to form a tough char barrier that stops the fire by blocking access to the fuel it needs to grow.

Once the fire has been extinguished, extensive testing by certified laboratories shows the resulting foam layer actually minimizes the damage to the substrate. Often the substrate may still be useable. In many instances, the protective char can be scraped off, revealing that the underlying substrate is still sound, and repair can be achieved at a fraction of the cost. SHOPPING CART

Class 'A' Rated Paint for Non-Structural Lumber - BanFire Paint

BanFire intumescent paintBanFire flame retardant paint is high-coverage intumescent paint that is great for non-structural needs, such as the walls of boiler rooms, basement ceilings, electrical panels, clean rooms, spray rooms and more. It has a coverage rate of approximately 350 sq ft per gallon, so it is extremely economical, yet it is incredibly effective. It is an ASTM E84 Class A rated paint, acceptible on most construction materials that do not require a time rating.

Theatrical stages, boiler rooms, elevator shafts, basements, children's bedrooms, day care centers, and more. Use on Lumber, Plywood, OSB, MDF, Particle Board, Drywall, I-Joist, and similar materials. Use when time rating is not required. Can be topcoated or painted over without loss of effectiveness. Coverage rate 300-3500 sq ft per gallon. Available in White, Grey, Tan and Black. SHOPPING CART

FR Paint for Spray Polyurethane Foam(SPF) - DC315

DC 315 FR Paint for SPFDC315 is an intumescent coating applied over Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) to achieve a “15 Minute Alternative to Thermal Barrier”, and “Ignition Barrier”. DC315 is compliant to IBC & IRC codes; 3rd party inspected and listed by Warnock Hersey ( WN-20947), and meets the requirements of the AC456 criteria recently updated in AC377. DC315 has more than 200 tests worldwide over a wide variety of foams. It has one of the best coverage rates for foam at 89 sq ft/gallon, making it very cost efficient. SHOPPING CART



Contact Us

RDR Technologies, LLC
835 SE 30th, Suite C
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
P: (405) 702-0055


About RDR

RDR Technologies specializes in fire retardants, fire suppressants, and several other specialty chemicals. In addition to making our own formulas, we offer many excellent 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, feel free to call Doug at 405-702-0055, and we will do our best to get you the correct product.