Firefree Coatings, Inc.

Intumescent Fire Resistant Coatings

8 Commercial Blvd. Suite E
Novato, CA 94949
Toll Free: 888-990-3388
Phone: 415-459-6488
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FIREFREE 88 Fire-Resistant Paint  

Firefree 88 ("FF88") is a premium-quality water-based, nontoxic, thin-film intumescent fire-resistant paint. Our fully tested fire protection paint provides fire ratings required by the International Building Code for wall assemblies, floor/ceilings assemblies, roof ceiling assemblies, and individual structural members.

Firefree 88 provides fire resistant ratings required by the International Building Code, per ASTM E 119 (1 and 2 hours), FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814, ASTM E 84, Room Corner Test ( including UBC 8-2, NFPA 286, UBC 26-3), BS 476, 1530.4, and EN 13501-1.

  •  Cost efficient

  •  Fully tested and certified

  •  High performance

  •  Easy to use and apply

  •  Eco-friendly

  •  Usable on multiple substrates and assemblies

  •  Ahead of competition

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Class A Fire-Retardant Paint  

Firefree Class A (“FfA") is a premium-quality, water-based, nontoxic, thin-film intumescent flame-retardant paint that's fully tested to meet all ASTM E84 requirements, including ASTM E84 30-Minute Extended. This certification meets the industry standard for noncombustibility. As part of the Firefree Wildfire System, FfA can be used to improve fire protection for structures exposed to wildfires in the Wildland Urban Interface (see Firefree Exterior).

  • Most economical fire retardant paint

  • Meets all ASTM E-84 requirements

  • High performance

  •  Easy to use and apply

  •  Eco-friendly

  •  Usable on various combustible materials

  • Ahead of competitionMeets all ASTM E-84 requirements

  • High performance

  • Easy to use and apply

  • Eco-friendly

  • Usable on various combustible materials

  • Ahead of competition

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WILDFIRE Intumescent Coating  

The Firefree Wildfire System is the first and only exterior intumescent coating system that meets the ASTM fire and weatherization standards required for use in the Wildland Urban Interface (“WUI"), as prescribed in the California Building Standards Code Section 704A (materials and construction methods for Exterior Wildfire Exposure) and the International Code Council (ICC).

The Firefree System is a two-product system. The first product is Firefree Class A ("FfA") which will provide the fire ignition resistant properties. The second product is Firefree Exterior Topcoat ("FfE"). FfE does not have any fire-retardant properties on its own; it is used only to protect FfA from long-term weather exposure.

  • Tested to all ASTM WUI test standards

  • Fire ignition resistant, ICC listed

  •  Weather resistant, ICC listed

  •  Easy to use and cost effective

  •  Environmentally friendly

  •  High quality exterior finish

  •  Does not need to be reapplied yearly

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FireFree Coatings Expert  

John Simontacchi, is our expert, with 50 years of experience in the construction industry.

  • John worked with forensic architects and experts in defective construction litigation to evaluate  and devise alternative structural engineering  repairs.

  • John is accredited for co-writing ASTM standards.

  • John, previously Firefree's CEO, now consults for Firefree Coatings assisting project/construction managers, architects, developers to help; resolve deadlocks regarding fire safety, structural engineering. / 415 459 5197

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Proper fire safety is always one of the utmost priorities, whether you design buildings or work in one. Emergencies happen, and people are less likely to panic when they feel prepared. We have highlighted some of the most common fire safety myths everyone should know about. Read here to expand your knowledge of fire safety.

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Intumescent coatings are fireproofing products that protect a building's structural integrity and the safety of its inhabitants. Those looking to enhance the fire resistance of a commercial building, industrial facility, or residence can turn to this passive protective method for proven and effective results.

How does an intumescent coating protect buildings from fire? Read on to uncover how this reactive paint functions in our guide to passive fire protection.

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Firefree 88 ( ) is now listed by ICC-ES (ESL-1411) under the ASTM E119 Full Scale testing protocol (IBC 703.2), with a wood assembly tested. This ESL listing complements Firefree 88's other ICC listings.

ICC-ES is the premier product evaluation/listing agency in North America and the most readily accepted in evaluating building products with applicable requirements of the IBC and IRC.  Building/code officials, architects, contractors/designers, engineers, and the building industry rely on manufacturers who are committed to the level of quality control found in ICC's acceptance criteria AC363.

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Success Stories  

Firefree coatings have been used on multiple projects including residential, commercial, industrial and governmental entities, including Alaska Office of Education, Australia NSW Department of Housing, AMD Energy Honk-Kong, AMTRAK, Anheuser Busch, B/E Aerospace UK, Boeing, Bowling Green State University, CA Department of Corrections, CO Department of Correction, Comfort Inn, Dow Aksa, General Electric, Google, General Mills, Honeywell, Holiday Inn, Kaiser, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, Nestle, Oakridge Nuclear Facility, Owens Corning, San Francisco Public Works, Smithsonian Institute, Space Observatory Australia, Universities (Cal Poly, Dominican College, Georgia Tech, UC Santa Cruz, Bowling Green U, University of Alaska, University of Australia, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska, University of Richmond VA..),US Army, US State Department, US Coast Guard, US Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Verizon…

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How do your products work?

Firefree coatings will expand (intumesce) many times from their original thickness when exposed to flame or extremely high heat (350° Fahrenheit). During this process the coating will produce a char, which insulates the surface reducing heat release, smoke development and flame spread dramatically reducing the chances of flashover occurring.

Which substrates can your products be applied to?

Our paints can be applied to most substrates used in the construction and transportation industries including wood, gypsum board (sheetrock, plasterboard), lathe and plaster, concrete, masonry, embossed/pressed metal tin, thin gauge metal, galvanized steel and aluminum, spray polyurethane foam (SPF), fiberglass, carbon fiber, plastics and other composite etc. Our products are not used for steel beams and columns.

What are your Products used for?

Firefree products are approved and used in construction, both new, retrofit and defective, (residential, commercial, industrial and government), insulation and transportation. The projects using our products included historic properties, schools, health care (hospitals, assisted living…), apartments, condominium, ,high-rises, hotels, stores, restaurants, oil and solar facilities, government facilities, military applications and facilies, transportation (aerospace, aviation, light rail, maritime, energy…. Our products' uses include walls, floor, ceilings, doors, shaft walls, attics, decorative panels and structures, automotive, airplane, ship and train parts, lithium batteries, shipping containers, playgrounds, mining structures, military equipment etc.

Which colors and finishes are available?
Ff88 and FfA come in a white color and are tintable to most colors (not exceeding 8 oz of tint/gal). Contact your local paint store to enquire about universal compatible tint and for assistance with tinting choice and process. For interior use, if a different color or finish is desired, Ff88 and FfA can also be top coated with most premium latex paints to achieve a different color and finish. Contact your local paint store for assistance with choice of a compatible topcoat.

For exterior uses, FfE is required. FfE comes in a white color and both standard (white) and (deep) bases, satin finish. Both bases are tintable to most colors (not exceeding 8 oz of tint/gal). Contact your local paint store to enquire about universal compatible tint and for assistance with tinting choice and process. In some cases, improper tinting can contribute to surfactant leaching. FfE can also be top coated with most premium exterior latex paints to achieve a different color and finish. Contact your local paint store for assistance on choice of topcoat.

Can your products be used for exterior applications?

Firefree 88 and Firefree Class A are designed for interior use. However;

  • Firefree Class A can be used as part of the Firefree Exterior System, when covered by Ff Exterior Topcoat

  • Firefree 88 can used in some exterior applications if covered by the Ff Exterior Topcoat in strict compliance with Firefree's specifications at time of sale.

Please refer to Wildfire Systems.

What is the difference between Firefree 88 and Firefree Class A?

  • Firefree 88 is our premier intumescent fire resistant coating tested to comply with fire ratings performance prescribed under the International Building Code. These standards involve (i) fire resistant testing which measures a product's ability to prevent fire penetration over a period of time, such as ASTM E 119, FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814, BS 476, AS 1530.3 AS 1530.4. EN 13501-1, and fire retardant testing such as ASTM E 84 and Room Corner Test standards including UBC 8-2, NFPA 286, UBC 26-3 (Part 1 of FM Class 4880), measuring a product's ability to limit flashover.
    Firefree Class A is our flame retardant paint classified as Class “A" rating per ASTM E 84 and ASTM E 84, 30 minute extended. These standards involve fire retardant tests which measures a product's ability to slow down horizontal flame spread and smoke development.

What type of assemblies have Firefree products been tested to?

The testing has been performed on a vast number of wall, floor/ceiling and roof ceiling assemblies both full scale and small scale, in load bearing conditions and non-load bearing conditions including hose stream testing where applicable. Additional testing has been performed to Factory Mutual test standard as well as transportation, maritime and aviation test standards.

What standards have your products been tested to?

Firefree products have been tested to a wide variety of international standards including ASTM E 119 (1 and 2 hours), FM 4975, ASTM E 662-97, ASTM E 3675-98, ASTM E 162-98, ASTM E 1354-94, ASTM E 814, ASTM E 84, ASTM E 84 Extended 30 minutes, ASTM E2768-11, ASTM D2898-10, Room Corner Test standards including UBC 8-2, NFPA 286, UBC 26-3 (Part 1 of FM Class 4880), BS 476 in England, AS 1530.3, 1530.4, in Australia, EN 13501 in Poland, and SISIR door test standards in Singapore.

Firefree 88 is listed and labeled by FM Approvals, a division of FM Global, listed by ICC-ES, classified by Underwriters Laboratories (U/L), listed by CA SFM Building Materials and accepted by NY Material and Equipment Acceptance Division. FF88's FM Approval Diamond is recognized internationally, including in the UAE. FfA is listed by ICC-ES. The Firefree Exterior System is listed by ICC-ES.

Where is your testing conducted?

Firefree testing is conducted at IAS/ICC (IAS third party accredited laboratories, which are subject to yearly calibration and certification and are competent and comply with Industry and / or International Standards.

What are the recommended thickness for applications?

The dry film thickness to be applied will vary depending on the fire rating being required and the material/substrate and assembly construction being coated. We will assist in providing the proper technical advice to assist clients in determining the adequate thickness.

Can I get your products outside of the US?

We sell and ship fireproofing solutions in all five continents for private, corporate and governmental projects. We have customers and projects all over the world from the Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela…) to Asia (Australia, India, Indonesia, Philippines…) to Africa (Nigeria…) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuweit…).

Are your products safe and eco-friendly?

Yes, our fireproof coatings are safe and eco-friendly. They have has low VOCs ( <36gr/liter) which is extremely low compared to the current EFP regulations of 250gr/liter (per ASTM D3960). It is even significantly below California's limit of 50gr/liter confirming that our products are non-flammable and non toxic.
Firefree 88 is certified under CDPH Method V1.2 (meeting the VOC emissions guidelines set by US Green Buildings). Additionally Firefree 88 qualifies for LEED Version 4, is Green Categorized under Factory Mutual, and meets Green Standards Performance under MPI GPS01 and GPS-02.

Are your products easy to use and apply?

Yes, the process is similar to applying a regular water-based latex paint. Our paints can be brushed, rolled or sprayed using an airless spray gun. Additionally because of their high percentage of solids, our products will have an excellent spread rate and coverage.

Please note that as our Products involve fire protection (and thus life safety matters) it is important the the applicator strictly complies with the applications instructions and applies exactly the recommended thicknesses. It is the sole responsibility of the customer to choose a qualified applicator for the Product and ensure that such applicator applies the Product in strict compliance with the Application Instructions and applies the recommended thickness.

What are your quality control procedures?

Firefree 88 is manufactured under FM Approvals and ICC-ES QC and surveillance inspections. FfA is listed and inspected by ICC-ES. The Firefree Exterior System is listed and inspected by ICC-ES.

Do your products require the use of a primer?

No, in most cases our products do not require the use of a primer, unless you are painting over high gloss enamels or exposed, unprimed metal. In most cases, surfaces to be coated would be prepared, as would normally be done before the application of any paint. For high gloss finishes or bare metal, apply one coat of an appropriate type primer prior to an application of the Firefree coating.

How often should I recoat the Firefree Exterior System?

Per manufacturer's recommendation and industry standards for paint/coating, the Exterior System should be monitored and inspected every 10 years from the original date to ensure conformance with the specified dry film thickness.

What is surfactant leaching?

Occasionally surfactant leaching might happen. It is a common issue in the paint industry (although improper application can make it worse, which experienced painting contractors are familiar with. As your contractor will explain it will often correct itself over time. For more information, please ask your paint store or contractor, or see Surfactant Leaching

Are your Products also available as clear or sealant coatings?


Can I paint the interior of a home?

Yes, you can paint the interior of your home with Firefree, please check Firefree 88, or Firefree Class A, depending on which substrate you are covering and which testing standard you need.

Can I use your coatings over my exterior deck?


Who can conduct the third-party dry film thickness inspection?

As this is a life safety issue Firefree Coatings (“Firefree") requires that all surfaces to which the Product was applied be inspected by third party special inspection agency, or an ICC-ES certified professional, of a Firefree QA/QC qualified inspector to verify that the Product has been properly applied in the required uniform thickness. To obtain a list of inspections agencies, go to, or .The hiring of an independent inspector is the responsibility of the contractor or customer.

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Firefree products are unique because of their performance, ease of use, applicability to multiple substrates and assemblies, and full testing and certification to international standards (from ASTM, UBC and FM in the US and GCC, to AS in Australia, EN and BS in Europe), through IAS/ICC accredited laboratories.
Because of their high level of performance, Firefree coatings are cost effective as they will usually require a relatively low thickness, and thus lower amounts of paint (compared to other coatings) to comply with the fire retardant or fire resistance requirements. Furthermore, in many cases Firefree paints have achieved testing results not reached (or even attempted) by other coatings. In such cases the only alternative to Firefree products are traditional construction materials (gypsum…), which will often involve significant, lengthy, and expensive amounts of construction, and/or destruction/reconstruction to achieve the required ratings.

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