Q: Which UFS FR products should be applied to Fabrics?
A: Fabric Shield™, (original) F-2000, LC-2001, and NS-2002
Q: How many square feet per gallon does the Fabric Shield
A: Fabric Shield can cover 400-450 Sq. Ft. per Gal.; the
spread rate should be at 200-225 Sq. Ft. per Gal. (with the
2 coat recommendation)
Q: How many coats does it take to reach the spread rate and
achieve a proper flame resistant rating?
A: A 2 coat minimum is required in most cases. On fabric
one coat can be applied to the front and one to the back to
achieve the rating, some fabrics require 2 coats on front
Q: Can Fabric Shield be sprayed on? If so what is the
A: Yes. 1 Coat should be sprayed on each side of the
material then brushed with a soft bristle brush. Apply like
you would “spray paint”. If 1 coat cannot be applied to
each side, you can spray 2 coats on the exposed side. In
this case, it is important to wait for the first coat to
dry before applying the second coat. Dry times may vary.
Q: How long does it take to dry?
A: Depending on weather and temperature conditions, up to 1
Q: Is there another way to apply Fabric Shield?
A: Yes. It is possible to dip the material in the Fabric
Shield. Though it is not recommended in most cases because
it may be difficult to gauge the absorption amount without
the proper equipment. The material may also need to be
“rung out” to avoid “over treatment”. Depending on how
it’s done, care should be taken to have the material
treated with just the right amount of product.
EXP: Most fabrics need 1 Gallon of Product per 200-225
Square Feet. When dipping, the fabric may absorb 1 Gallon
at a much higher rate. And the customer would need to buy
a large amount to make a “bath” of product to dip into.
Q: What is the difference between F-2000? LC-2001? NS-2002?
A: F-2000 is the “mildest” of the FR line and should be
applied to fabrics with 50% or more natural based fibers
such as cotton. It has also been effective in treating
fabrics that have painted designs where most products will
cause a discoloring of the paint F-2000 will not*. If
another product is recommended for a particular type of
fabric and is not made up of 100% synthetic fibers and
paint discoloration is an issue, F-2000 may still be
effectively applied by adding additional coats#.
LC-2001 is less mild but a more powerful FR. It is
effective on heavy fabrics such as Canvas, Leather, and
Burlap (also Wood Shield W-1000 works on Burlap well). LC-
2001 is also effective on many synthetics such as polyester
and blends with over 50% synthetic fibers. LC-2001 can
also be used in cases where multiple types of fabrics are
being treated including natural fibers. Care should always
be taken when applying LC-2001 to any fabric.
NS-2002 is the most powerful of the FR line. It has been
proven effective on most 100% Nylon and 100% Polypropylene
fibers. You may choose to use NS-2002 on similar 100%
synthetic fibers and/or fabrics that have failed with F-
2000 and LC-2001.
A compatibility test should be performed on a small area
of every fabric to be treated, and a NFPA 701 field test
should also be performed to ensure flame resistance.
* Paints have different bases and additives and may react
differently when chemicals are applied. A paint
compatibility test should be preformed when applying over a
painted surface. You may need to perform a NFPA 701 field test after each
additional coat till the effective flame resistance is
reached.Please contact a UFS representative by email or phone with
additional questions and/or concerns.
Q: Should the fabric to be treated be cleaned before
applying a Fabric Shield?
A: Yes. The fabric must be cleaned and free of debris.
Q: Will the Flame Retardant be washed OUT after the FR
product has been applied?
A: Yes. Our products are water-based and therefore can be
washed out in the washing machine or with heavy duty waterbased
laundering. Spot cleaning and/or dry cleaning is
recommended when and if possible. Like always, a flame test
should be preformed after any type of laundering to ensure
Q: Why are some of the products classified as “A” and “B”?
A: These types of classifications are based on flame
spread and smoke development. On wood the classification
would be closer to a “B” class, while on fabric the flame
spread could be classified in the class “A” range. Some
fabrics will obtain a “B” class while others a “A” rating.
There are so many varieties of fabric the applicator has to
verify the performance.
Q: What if I over apply the Fabric Shield?
A: Sometimes a white residue will form. This can be
cleaned with soap and water.
Q: Will the FR damage the sheen of shiny fabrics?
A: Great care should be taken on these types of fabrics
such as high sheen pink so as not to over apply. Many of
these fabrics require a spot test, which is putting a small
amount on part of the fabric to see its results are
Q: Do you have a California Fire Marshall registration for
A: Yes. Our number is C-23101
REV. OCT. 28, 2014, UNISHIELD INTERNATIONAL LLC