New fire protection coating for the architectural market

PPG launched a new 100% solids epoxy intumescent fire protection Coating from the Steelguard family. The coating is designed to meet the demands of modern architectural steel, including up to three hours of cellulosic fire protection.

The new PPG "Steelguard 951" fire protection coating, based on PPG’s patented flexible epoxy technology, offers excellent durability and edge retention properties. Picture: PPG

In a fire situation, the coating expands from a thin, lightweight film into a thick, foam-like layer that insulates the steel and maintains its structural integrity, providing more time for people to escape and limiting damage to buildings and assets.

According to PPGs the new “Steelguard 951” coating also provides effective corrosion protection for very corrosive atmospheric environments up to ISO 12944 C5 without the need for a top. It can provide up to 3,500 microns dry film thickness in a single coat and cures rapidly, making it ready to handle the day after application.

Fire protection for architectural steel

“Structural steel plays a critical role in modern architecture by enabling buildings to meet specific fire protection and corrosion resistance according to their function,” said Richard Mann, PPG global product manager, passive fire protection, Protective and Marine Coatings.

The coating is based on PPG’s patented flexible epoxy technology, which offers high durability and edge retention properties, which reduces the risk of cracks caused during handling and transportation. It is tested in accordance with recognized national and international fire and corrosion standards, including EN 13381-8, BS 476, ISO 12944, GB 51249 and GB 14907 (for specified environments).

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