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  FR1xn is a concentrated flame retardant that effectively treats natural-fiber textiles, paper products, and other cellulosic materials.

When treating muslin backdrops, the most efficient method is to treat the fabric prior to painting. This insures that the fiber of the material will readily absorb the FR1xn. However, many painters prefer to paint their drop first, and flame retard it afterwards, preventing any possible reaction between the FR1xn and the painting techniques. In these instances, turn the fabric over and treat the back side of the drop with FR1xn. Unless the paint treatment is especially heavy, the fibers on the back of a painted drop are usually exposed and will still absorb a sufficient amount of Fr1xn. As always, it is important to test the drop to insure that the material has been successfully treated.

Velours require careful spraying treatment, and finished drapes should only be attempted after considerable practice on sample material. Compare the weight of an untreated and a dried, treated sample to insure that sufficient Fr1xn is absorbed.

Hang out the drapes from a counterweighted batten. Work in a back and forth pattern, treating six-foot-high strips in sequence, beginning across the top. Spray the rear side with a fine spray of diluted FR1xn, making certain no liquid soaks through to the front (pile) side of the fabric. Make one or more uniform spray treatments of the entire drape, until sufficient material is absorbed. It is better to allow for two or more light spray treatments with drying time between than one heavy one.

FR1x - Treating synthetics & cotton / synthetic blends.
  FR1x effectively flameproofs many synthetic fabrics, such as polyesters, nylons, acrylics and rayons, as well as many cotton/synthetic blends. This ready-to-use liquid is easily applied by immersion, spraying or brushing. Fabrics retain a good soft hand without undue stiffness.

Virtually infinite varieties of synthetic fabrics are available and in wide use in the entertainment industry today. FR1x is an effective treatment for many of these fabrics, but not all. The best method of application on a specific fabric will be determined by a combination of factors including the type of fiber, the weave of the material and the delicacy of the finished fabric. While immersion may be the most efficient way of treating a particularly resistant fiber, such treatment may alter the hand of the material so much as to make it unusable. Always prepare a range of samples to determine the best method for each fabric being used.

FR1x may be used straight out of the bottle. Dilute with water if necessary. This allows the product to be effective on the widest range of materials. Because of the strength of this solution, certain fabrics will develop a white powdery residue after the FR1x has dried. If this occurs on your test sample, dilute the Fr1x 10% with water and retest. Continue this process until your sample dries with no residue.

FRxw - Treating wood, corrugated paper and cellulose and acoustical board.
  FRxw effectively flameproofs untreated wood, plywood, cellulose board, acoustical board, and corrugated paper. This ready-to-use clear liquid is easily applied by immersion, spraying, or brushing to penetrate the surface of the material without changing its properties. In addition to flameproofing, FRxw also seals and protects the wood that has been treated. FRxw will not change the color of the wood, however, flameproofing may raise the grain slightly. This can be corrected by sanding very lightly.

FRxw is intended for use on untreated wood surfaces. No other coating (paint, clear acrylic, polyurethane, stain, etc.) should be applied on top of FRxw. While a paint coating will not diminish the effectiveness of the FRxw, some paint and coatings may not adhere properly. If the wood is to be painted, test accordingly. Also, some coatings may be flammable when dry. FRxw will only treat the substrate and provides no protection against the possible fire hazard created by a flammable coating applied on top of the treated wood. Penetrating stains will not alter the effectiveness of the FRxw. Do not use water-based clear urethanes or clear acrylics over FRxw as clouding may occur.

  FR1xPA is the latest flame retardant solution for the entertainment industry. A clear un-pigmented liquid, add FR1xPA to waterbased paint to render the paint film fire retardant. FR1xPA is useful for treating scenic materials that cannot easily be treated by other methods and for supplying the additional protection of a fire retardant paint coating to scenic elements.

FR1xPA is not intended to be used in place of other FR products. Where possible, always treat the substrate material using the appropriate FR product. However, when this is not possible, FR1xPA is used to create a fire retardant coating. This coating does not alter the flammability of the material being painted but rather creates a barrier that slows the spread of fire along the substrate.

When painting muslin and canvas backdrops, use FR1xPA to render the scenic paint fire retardant. But FR1xPA should still be used to treat the fabric itself. When painting murals on plasterboard walls, FR1xPA provides a fire retardant paint coating that will meet most local and federal fire codes.

FR1xPA products work by releasing non-combustible gases which starve a fire of oxygen. However, a fire retardant paint film is not an effective fire barrier on highly combustible materials such as foams and plastics. For polystyrene foams FR1xPA is an excellent protective, fire-retardant coating.

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