What is a Fire Retardant?
A fire retardant is a substance that significantly delays and can prevent the onset of fire.
What is Inspecta-Shield Plus?
Inspecta-Shield Plus is a durable, non-toxic, non-allergenic fire retardant chemical coating which is carried in an aguenous (water) solution. When completely dried and cured, it is both odorless and colorless and is visible only under a long wave ultra violet light. When applied and cured for 48 hours, Inspecta-Shield Plus will resist flame under the most adverse conditions.
Inspecta-Shield Plus can be applied to a wide variety of items, including carpeting, bedding, mattresses, upholstery, draperies, paper, and lumber. When properly applied, Inspecta-Shield Plus meets or exceeds the criteria for a Class "A" rating on most materials.
How does Inspecta-Shield Plus work?
Fire spreads as the temperature of the heat source rises to the point of ignition. Initially, the spread is restricted to items in direct contact with the flame. However, when the temperature reaches 1400o degrees, all combustibles and gases ignite in a phenomenon called Flashover. Flashovers can occur in less than 3 minutes. By significantly increasing the ignition point of combustible items, Inspecta-Shield Plus drastically decreases the danger of fire.
How is Inspecta-Shield Plus different from other fire retardants?
Inspecta-Shield Plus can treat both natural and synthetic materials. It is visible under long wave UV light so that the initial application and any need for reapplication can easily be checked. Inspecta-Shield Plus is UV stable and has been demonstrated to significantly inhibit sun fading and sun rot. Inspecta-Shield Plus dries to an invisible durable protective shield with no residue or rings to change the esthetics of treated Items. When dry Inspecta-Shield Plus is non corrosive to metal.
What is Sun-Shield?
Sun-Shield is the UV Stablizing agent in Inspecta-Shield Plus which protects fabrics against damage from sun fading and sun rot.
Does Inspecta-Shield Plus work on everything?
No. Inspecta-Shield Plus works on items that are absorbent or that will allow Inspecta-Shield Plus's silica to adhere to them. In other words Inspecta-Shield Plus can only treat items it can reach. An easy test is to apply a drop of water to the surface of the material. If the water does not bead up the Item can be treated with Inspecta-Shield Plus. Because of its unique penetration formula, Inspecta-Shield Plus is able to effectively fire retard lumber and many fabrics previously coated with a soil repellent.
Is Inspecta-Shield Plus safe to use?
Inspecta-Shield Plus is non-toxic, non-allergenic, and safe to use in areas of daily human contact. We suggest, however, that you use standard paint precaution such as allowing adequate ventilation, keeping it away from your face and eyes, and storing Inspecta-Shield Plus out of the reach of children.
Is Inspecta-Shield Plus easy to apply?
Yes, it is very simple. Carefully spray on Inspecta-Shield Plus with a small lightweight sprayer and be sure to cover all exposed surfaces. Allow to cure for 48 hours.
How often does Inspecta-Shield Plus need to be reapplied?
Inspecta-Shield Plus is extremely durable and will not wear off or dry clean out. There is, however, a slight loss in laundering. Reapplication is recommended after washing to maintain a Class "A" rating.
How much does Inspecta-Shield Plus cost?
Inspecta-Shield Plus is an inexpensive method of fire protection considering that fire causes needless deaths and billions of dollars of damage in property losses every year. A gallon of Inspecta-Shield Plus covers an average area of 500 sq. ft. for textiles and 300 sq. ft. for lumber, depending on material fibers and lumber thickness. Inspecta-Shield Plus virtually protects your valuables and irreplaceables for pennies!
What is a Class "A" fire retardant?
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are two nationally recognized organizations which have developed tests selling standards of flammability. On a scale of 0-200 (least to most), only those materials with a flame spread of under 25 quality as Class "A" Fire Retardants.