What Finishes can Intumescent Paints Achieve?

As well as providing fire protection, our intumescent coatings can also provide a decorative finish to suit your aesthetic needs.

In this article we explain exactly what finishes can be achieved and how.


Our timber paints come in many different finishes.


If you would like to keep your timber looking as natural as possible, we have coatings which can create a clear, matt finish.

Many of our clear coatings also come in satin or gloss finishes.

The vast majority of clear intumescent paints require a topcoat, to stop the intumescent turning milky over time.

If you require advice on clear timber coatings please contact us.


Our standard painted finish coatings come in matt white.

However, with several of our white coatings if a topcoat is purchased with them it can be tinted to most of the RAL or BS colour codes.

These topcoats also come in matt, satin or gloss finishes.

To purchase a tinted topcoat, you will need to contact us. We can also provide free advice to ensure you purchase the correct products.


Regarding steel, all of our intumescents come in matt white. There are no products on the market which can achieve a clear finish.

For internal steel jobs, a topcoat is usually not required, however it can be applied to achieve a different colour finish. We advise this for jobs where the steels are going to be left on display and white is not a suitable colour.

Again, all topcoats we supply can be tinted to most of the RAL colour codes. BS colour codes are also an option.

For external steels or steels in high-humidity or high-impact environments, such as public areas, a topcoat must be applied to protect the intumescent coating.

To order a tinted topcoat, or for a full specification on your steels, please contact us.


Similarly, plasterboard intumescent paints come in matt white as standard. However a topcoat can be applied to achieve a tinted finish, to any of the RAL colour codes.

When it comes to fire retardant paints, our Timonox range can be used to achieve a Class 0 surface spread of flame rating. The finishes come as standard in white, although they can be tinted to a variety of colours. Please enquire for more information.


In summary, timber coatings can achieve a whole spectrum of finishes- from clear to painted and matt, satin or gloss.

Steel coatings, however, can only achieve a white or a different colour finish when coated in a topcoat.

Plasterboard coatings are similar in the sense that the standard finish is white. Some are compatible with topcoats that can be tinted, others can be tinted themselves.

If a painted finish is required, you will need to know the exact colour code that the top coat needs to be tinted to.

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