Torrex™ Fire Upgrading (Vinyl Silk Finish)


The Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Vinyl Silk system allows you to upgrade the fire rating of low risk, multi-layered existing, well-adhered coatings to a Class 1 fire rating. This avoids the need for expensive stripping and redecoration of the area.
The system successfully upgrades the Exova Warringtonfire Class 4 “Blue Board” to Class 1 when tested to BS476 Part 7 and gives a smooth vinyl matt finish, available in a large range of plain colours.



  • Achieves Class 1 on well adhered previously painted surfaces
  • 3 coat fire upgrading system
  • Tough, hardwearing matt finish
  • Lower cost alternative than stripping and repainting
  • Wide range of attractive colours
  • Low odour water based formula
  • Easy and safe to apply in all internal areas
  • Independently tested by Exova Warringtonfire
  • Provides long term protection

Frequently Asked Questions

1st Coat

Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Primer (EM358), a single pack, water-based fire retardant primer.

2nd & 3rd Coat

Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Vinyl Silk Finish (EM316) a single pack durable finish.

Previously painted internal plaster and plasterboard, brick, masonry, concrete, ceramic tiles. The previously painted areas must be well adhered.

Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Vinyl Silk is suitable for all well adhered internal surfaces where effective protection from rapid flame spread is needed. Typical areas include walls and ceilings in the following locations:

  • Communal areas, landings and lift lobbies in social housing blocks
  • Internal fire escape areas
  • Internal public access areas
  • Toilet blocks in schools and public conveniences
  • Corridors and escape routes in public buildings including schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, leisure centres, community centres and office blocks
  • Unrivalled expertise and knowledge
  • Nationwide team of area managers / technical personnel
  • Free site survey
  • Free specification service (find us on NBS Plus)
  • On-site technical back-up for live projects
  • RIBA CPD seminar ‘Understanding the control of rapid
    flame spread in building refurbishment’ available

Existing coating must exhibit good adhesion – both inter coat and overall to the substrate.

The following specification is included for demonstrative purposes only and would be suitable for use over well adhered existing coatings. Always consult a representative of Tor Coatings prior to specifying or applying.

Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Primer

Apply one coat of Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Primer (EM358) at a coverage rate of 10m² per litre.

Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Vinyl Silk

Apply two coats of Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Vinyl Silk (EM316) at a coverage rate of 10m² per litre per coat.

Note: If applying over existing hard/glossy painted surface a coat of Aqualife™ WSE Primer (EP131) should be applied as an adhesion promoter prior to the Torrex™ Fire Upgrading Primer (EM358).

Please contact Tor Coatings on 0191 410 6611 to arrange your free site survey.

Tor Coatings’ national team of Area Business Managers is supported by a dedicated customer services team, a team of experienced paint chemists and a dedicated technical help desk. Call 0191 411 3148 for assistance from our helpdesk or visit to find out more.

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