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CLASS A FIRE RATING ASTM E 84-01
PERMAKOTE® - PERMAKOTE PLUS® - ULTRA SEAL™

January 2002/May 2002 - Bradenton, FL - Nationwide Protective Coating Mfrs., Inc.
(NPCMI) announced that PERMAKOTE®, PERMAKOTE PLUS® and ULTRA SEAL™ have
passed ASTM E 84-01 testing. Passing this testing qualifies these products to receive
a CLASS A FIRE RATING under the National Fire Protection Association publication
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.

FINAL REPORT
ASTM E 84-01 testing of PERMAKOTE®, PERMAKOTE PLUS® and ULTRA SEAL™.

Introduction:
The test was conducted in accordance with the American Society for Test and Materials fire test
response standard E 84-01, Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, sometimes
referred to as the Steiner tunnel test. This test is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls
and ceilings. The test is conducted with the specimen in the ceiling position with the surface to
be evaluated exposed face down to the ignition source. The method, which is similar to NFPA
No.255 and UL No.723, is an American National (ANSI) Standard and has been approved for use
by agencies of the Department of Defense for listing in the DoD Index of Specifications and
Standards.
This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies
to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors
required for fire-hazard or fire-risk assessment of materials, products, or assemblies under actual
fire conditions.
The test sample, selected by the client, was identified as Ultra Seal TM, a white color elastomeric
wall coating. Three test panels, each measuring two feet wide by eight feet in length, were
prepared by adhering the material to 5/8-inch thick USG Firecode Type X gypsum wallboard using
the manufacturer's application procedure. Application was made at a nominal thickness of 2 mils.
The prepared panels were transferred to storage racks and conditioned 15 days in an atmosphere
with the temperature maintained at 71 ± 2°F and the relative humidity at 50 ± 5 percent. For
testing, the panels were placed end-to-end on the ledges of the tunnel furnace and tested with no
auxiliary support mechanism. This method of sample preparation is described in Appendix XI of the
E 84 standard, Guide to Mounting Methods, Section Xl.9.3.
 
Results:
TEST SPECIMEN

FLAME SPREAD INDEX

SMOKE DEVELOPED INDEX

Reinforced Cement Board

0

0

Red Oak Flooring

100

100

ULTRA SEAL™ Ceramic Wall Coating

25

10

PERMAKOTE® Ceramic Roof Coating

20

5

PERMAKOTE PLUS® Ceramic Roof Coating

25

5

Testing Performed by: Commercial Testing Company

 
Observations:
ULTRA SEAL™ Specimen ignition over the burners occurred at 0.67 minute. Surface flame spread
was observed to a maximum distance of 4.97 feet beyond the zero point at 1.38 minutes.
The maximum temperature recorded during the test was 573°F.
 
PERMAKOTE® Specimen ignition over the burners occurred at 0.65 minute. Surface flame spread
was observed to a maximum distance of 4.32 feet beyond the zero point at 1.50 minutes.
The maximum temperature recorded during the test was 576°F.
 
PERMAKOTE PLUS® Specimen ignition over the burners occurred at 0.65 minute. Surface flame
spread was observed to a maximum distance of 5.03 feet beyond the zero point at 1.53 minutes.
The maximum temperature recorded during the test was 578°F.

Classification:
The Flame Spread Index and Smoke Developed Index values obtained by the ASTM E 84 test are
frequently used by code officials and regulatory agencies in the acceptance of interior finish materials
for various applications. The most widely accepted classification system is described in the National
Fire Protection Association publication NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, where:

    Class A 0 -25 Flame Spread Index 0 -450 Smoke Developed Index
    Class B 26 -75 Flame Spread Index 0- 450 Smoke Developed Index
    Class C 76 -200 Flame Spread Index 0 -450 Smoke Developed Index

Class A, B, and C correspond to Type I, II, and III respectively in other codes such as SBCCI, BOCA,
and ICBO. They do not preclude a material being otherwise classified by the authority of jurisdiction.

Conclusion:
With the Flame Spread Index's and Smoked Developed Index's measured;
PERMAKOTE®, PERMAKOTE PLUS® and ULTRA SEAL™ all Qualify for a Class A Fire Rating
under the National Fire Protection Association publication NFPA 101 Life Safety Code.
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