Zenova FP Tin Can Demo

Video Description

The reaction to fire classification of Zenova FP on plywood as per BS EN 13501-1 is B – s2, d0.

This side-by-side demonstration clearly shows the effectiveness of our Zenova FP Fire Protection Paint when applied on any substrate. Here we apply it on a very thin aluminium substrate; a soda can. We setup 2 identical soda cans and applied 2 coats of Zenova FP to the can on the left. We then lit and placed a torch to each can, applying concentrated direct intense heat/flame to one spot on each sample.

As you can see, the fire burns through the uncoated can within seconds.

However, the sample treated with Zenova FP on the left hand side lasted for over 4 minutes without flame penetration before the clock was stopped. You’ll notice that a black protective char coating forms very quickly, protecting the aluminium substrate from heat and swelling further as time passes. This char absorbs the majority of the heat and flame and protects the thin aluminium substrate from being affected by the intense heat of the torch.

After the clock is stopped, you can see that the aluminium is still intact and solid, with no holes or damage to the very thin aluminium despite the intense, concentrated flame..

Zenova FP Overview

Also known as thermofoaming paint or Intumescent Paint, ZENOVA FP is a fire-resistant water-based paint that prevents the ignition and spread of fire.

As a result of being exposed to heat, the intumescent paint swells and creates a light char foam, increasing in volume and decreasing in density. The heat transfer from the flames to the substrate is thereby greatly diminished. Treated materials become isolated from elements that maintain fire combustion since the paint turns into an insulating protective membrane.