Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has expanded its intumescent passive fire protection range for structural steel with the launch of FIRETEX® FX6010. Now available across the United Kingdom and Europe, the new intumescent coating enhances the FIRETEX FX6000 range to allow for greater versatility in application, with FX6010 able to be applied by standard single-leg spray equipment, helping applicators to embrace the FIRETEX range with existing equipment. To enable use of a more standard application method, FX6010 also offers extended pot life and working time, offering greater flexibility in use, while still maintaining durability and quick curing qualities in as little as three hours.

FX6010 can be exposed to weather after four hours. Its mechanically toughened qualities ensure reduced damage during installation, and 25 years in service life with an appropriate topcoat. Once installed, FX6010 also offers up to 120 minutes of fire protection and can be exposed to C5 high-corrosive environments, if installed with correct primers and topcoats. The qualities of FX6010 make it ideal for sports arenas, schools, hospitals, transport hubs, and office blocks.

The new coating system complements the Sherwin-Williams range of FIRETEX intumescent coatings, including FX6002 which was awarded a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2021, thanks to its ultra-fast drying capabilities – making it possible for steelwork to be transported in a matter of hours, leading to fewer bottlenecks and faster project completion.


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