Intumescent Paint

Why Intumescent Paint?

Intumescent coatings are designed to help prolong the structural integrity of your building by up to 120 minutes in the event of a fire. Thanks to the unique and innovative patented technologies of Sherwin Williams Firetex FX6002 and FX2003 they can deliver the unparalleled speed of drying together with an extended range of approved fire scenarios and up to 20 years of exterior durability to support design flexibility and creative exposure of structural steel surfaces in building design.

Excellent Durability 

The ultra-fast cure removes drying “bottlenecks” in the paint shop but also means rapid weather resistance for site-applied material. Imagine, a 120-minute hollow section painted, cured, DFT checked and top coated in a single shift. Designed with excellent mechanical durability to minimise or eliminate transport and erection damage.

Once the correct coating system has been applied, painted steel will also be able to resist damage typical of a busy and congested construction site.

Firetex FX6002 Characteristics & Features

Firetex FX2003 Characteristics & Features


In only 3.5 minutes, the heat from a house fire can reach over 590°C.

2-4 hours

Intumescent products provide 2-4 hours for occupants to escape. 

Factory Controlled Process

Intumescent Paint is designed primarily for Off-Site application in a controlled paint shop environment. Its intended use is for structural steel and can be applied in one coat for up to 4mm dry film thickness. No additional sealers or top coats are required unless specific lightfast coloured finishes are required.

Off-Site Application, is now possible due to the new generation of intumescent coatings’ unique properties; hardness and water resistance, making them suitable for normal means of transport as there’s no need for any additional protection against moisture or mechanical damage.

It is easily applied with standard, airless spray equipment, requires no reinforcement, cures rapidly to a very tough and damage resistant finish, ready for handling and transport at the next day.  


The lifetime cost of an intumescent coating makes it an attractive option thanks to an expected life-cycle of 20-25 years thanks to its toughness and durability and will require minimal touch-ups once applied correctly.


The rapid curing properties of the coatings provide quick turnaround times, ensuring no projects are ever delayed due to a lengthy process. Galco can apply all coatings in-house and thanks to the rapid cure qualities we can offer next day turnaround. 

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Over the past 50 years, Galco has become a recognized leader offering high quality equipment and systems. We are dedicated to exploring the latest construction technologies to generate cost savings for clients.

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