PPG Presented Steelguard 951 Fire Protection Coating for the Architectural Market

Date: 14/02/2023
A steel structure inside an architectural building coated with PPG Steelguard

The 100% solids epoxy coating Steelguard 951 developed by PPG provides up to three hours of fire protection.

The international coatings manufacturer PPG has recently announced that it will launch PPG Steelguard® 951, an innovative epoxy intumescent coating that has been specifically developed to meet the demands of modern architectural steel, providing up to three hours of cellulosic fire protection.

In the case of a fire, the 100% solids coating expands from a thin and 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.

PPG Steelguard 951 coating also provides effective corrosion protection even in severe atmospheric environments, up to ISO 12944 C5, without the need for a top coat. In addition, it reaches up to 3,500 microns dry film thickness in a single coat and cures rapidly, making it ready to handle the day after application.

“Structural steel plays a critical role in modern architecture by enabling buildings to meet specific fire protection and corrosion resistance according to their function. PPG Steelguard 951 coating is unique in combining an aesthetically-pleasing finish with high corrosion protection and, most importantly, the ability to maintain the steel’s stability in the event of a fire,” has stated Richard Mann, the global passive fire protection product manager for the Protective and Marine Coatings division of PPG.

PPG has designed the new intumescent coating using its patented flexible epoxy technology, which offers durability and edge retention properties that reduce the risk of cracks caused during handling and transportation. It is tested in accordance with all recognised national and international fire and corrosion standards, including EN 13381-8, BS 476, ISO 12944, GB 51249 and GB14907 (for specified environments).