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How To Choose Your Flame Retardant (Part 2- Wood and Paper Products)

For Fabrics, Read How to Choose Your Flame Retardant (Part 1 - Fabrics)

Updated: April 2016

Here is a guide to choosing flame retardants for wood and paper products that you may use on your next gig.  Remember, since FR laws and codes are instituted on a local level, and your local fire marshals or building inspector has the final authority to approve your use of products, invite them into the discussion early. We recommend that you treat and pre-test samples of all of your substrates and then have them approved by the relevant fire safety authority in your area prior to installation. Click on any 'X" in the following chart to get more information about each FR product. Of course, satisfactory fire resistance depends on proper identification of substrates and proper application of the chemical according to the manufacturer's directions.


Wood Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Wood Products

 FF3 

FF4
(L&P)

 FF6 

MG
702 

 RF-PC 

 RF-WD 

 MG790 

 Xmas 
Tree
Spray

 Jaxsan 

Aqua
Resin

Bamboo

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

E

 

 

Branches

E

E

 

Cardboard

E

A

E

A

E

A

 

 

 

Cellulose Boards

A

E

A

 

 

 

Evergreens

 

 

A

 

 

Hemp Rope

 

E

 

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

Lumber (Raw Wood)

A

A

A

A

 

E

E

Plywood

 

A

 

A

 

A

A

 

E

E

Raffia

E

E

E

E

 

E

 

 

 

 

 


Paper Products Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Paper
Products

 FF2 

 FF3 

FF4
L&P)

 FF6 

MG
702

 RF-
PC 

 RF-
NF 

 RF-
DF 

 Xmas 
Tree
Spray

 Foam 
Coat

 Flex 
Coat

Jax-
san 

Aqua
 Resin 

Crepe Paper

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

Confetti

E

E

E

E

E

A

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

Maché

 

 

 

 

 

A

 

E

E

E

E

E

E

Streamers

E

E

E

E

E

A

E

E

 

 

 

 

 

Tissue

E

E

E

A

E

A

 

E

 

 

 

 

 



Foam Products Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Foam Products

 Xmas 
Tree
Spray

 Foam 
Coat

 Flex 
Coat

 Jaxsan 

Aqua
 Resin 

Ethafoam

 

 

E

E

E

Foamcore

E

E

E

E

E

Polyurethane Foam

 

E

E

E

E

Polystyrene

E

E

E

E

E

Styrofoam

E

E

E

E

E



Other Products Flame Retardant Guide

'A' = Approved for Use by Laboratory Testing
'E' = Effective Treatment Based on Field Testing

Other
Products

FF4
(L&P)

RF-
NF 

RF-
SF 

RF-
DF 

RF-
WD 

MG
702 

RF-
PA 

 FR1 

MG
790

Xmas
Tree
Spray

 Foam 
Coat

 Flex 
Coat

Jax-
san 

Aqua
 Resin 

Artificial Flowers

 

 

E

E

 

E

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

 

Hay (immersion Only)

E

 

 

 

A

E

 

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

Leather, unfinished

E

E

 

 

 

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-painted Surfaces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E

E

E

E

Spanish Moss

E

 

 

 

E

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paint, water based

 

 

 

 

 

 

A

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, checkout our guide to choosing flame retardants for fabrics. For more information on preparing for your next gig, check our previous blog post titled "How To Be Hassle Free on Soft Goods FR Issues." Our sales and customer service staff will be glad to assist you by phone, e-mail, or fax with product selection, approval procedures, and documentation requirements. If you would like to find out more about how Rose Brand can help you please visit www.rosebrand.com, send us an email at customerservice@rosebrand.com, or give us a call at 800-223-1624.