By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Manufacturers of Wood Finishes Morrells Wood Finishes Ltd Stockport

Manufacturers of Wood Finishes to HM The Queen

We have manufactured wood lacquers, coatings and finishes since 1902, where a small London-based company became today's largest manufacturer of wood finishing products in the UK. What started as simple lacquers and waxes has grown into a highly varied range of high performance Pre-Catalyst, Acid-Catalyst, Waterborne, UV-curable and Architectural lacquers, coatings and finishes.

With a strong British heritage, high performance products and reliable service and technical support, we were awarded a Royal Warrant in January 2012, appointing us as Manufacturers of Wood Finishes to HM The Queen. This was the culmination of a continuous supply of high quality wood coatings and finishes from our broad manufactured range.

Morrells also offer a strong range of Architectural Coatings, which includes the Euro Class B-s1,d0 xerofire® Intumescent Fire-Retardant system and omnia® Exterior Joinery Coating system, as well as induro® Flooring Lacquers, holzol® Wood Oils and medicote® Antimicrobial Furniture Lacquers.

We are an internationally recognised, independent manufacturer of high performance wood coatings and finishing products for the wood finishing industry. We supply every sector of this industry, including joinery, furniture, flooring, fire retardancy, protection and more. We constantly develop new products and improve existing ones to ensure that our products meet the ever rising demands of an advancing industry.

#mymorrells

Over the course of more than 100 years, we have developed a wide variety of Acid-Catalyst, Pre-Catalyst, Polyester, Fire-Retardant and Waterbourne coatings, as well as Polyurethanes, Oils and Stains. These products can be colour-matched to an existing swatch, or formulated as a completely bespoke colour from any sample under our Fastmatch® brand. To accompany our coatings, we established our own Sprayshop® brand of consumables, accessories and equipment, distributed nationwide with our coatings via our Morrells-Sprayshop® branches.

View Products

Morrells builds and cherishes strong long term relationships with our customers at every level and in all departments. Personal attention, after-sales service and technical back-up are cornerstones of the business. Our Business Managers are trained professionals handling all customers' technical and commercial enquiries. The Technical Service Team provides additional support to customers in all aspects of finishing, problem solving and efficient production techniques. They also run our Wood Finishing Academy, conduct product demonstrations and assist customers with on-site training.

Enquire Now

Our Wood Finishing Brands

A unique range of fire-retardant, professional wood finishing products formulated to upgrade (or maintain) the fire-rating of a wide variety of wood-based substrates, including veneered panels, solid hard- and softwoods, plywood, MDF and wood-composite boards. The xerofire® Fire Retardant Coatings system comprises of a 2K Waterborne Fire Retardant Basecoat/Primer in combination with a 2K Acid Catalyst Clear/Colour topcoat providing a high quality, furniture-grade finish.

  1. Class 0, BS476 Part 6 and 7
  2. Euro Class B-s1,d0
  3. Exceptional clarity

xerofire® Fire-Retardant Clear Systems provide exceptional clarity and are suitable for use with most solid timbers, veneers, MDF and composite boards, giving the architect, specifier and designer a wide range of substrate options.

How do xerofire® fire retardant coatings work?

During a fire, the fire retardant basecoat/primer swells to form an insulating charcoal layer. This layer prevents oxygen and heat from reaching the substrate, preventing ignition.

  1. Heat initiates degradation of the coating at around 250°C
  2. The fire retardant reacts to form char
  3. The char expands
  4. Expansion prevents heat from reaching substrate
  5. Char eventually solidifies

xerofire® Systems

xerofire® Clear and xerofire®HP Clear fire retardant systems offer class-leading, exceptional clarity, making them an ideal choice when one would like to take advantage of the natural beauty of timbers and veneers.

xerofire® Fire Retardant wood finishing systems from Morrells are class-leading, professional systems providing a high quality, exceptionally clear, furniture-grade finish with National Class 0 accreditation as well as EN Euro Reaction to Fire B-s1,d0, the best possible Euro reaction to fire performance rating for a system of this type.

xerofire®HP Clear - the second generation xerofire® Clear Fire Retardant wood finishing system, requiring only a single coat of isolator, basecoat and topcoat. This High Performance system gives the same exceptional clarity, furniture-grade finish and class-leading fire-retardancy with greatly reduced application time.

  1. xerofire®HP Clear - a singe-coat basecoat, single-topcoat fire retardant wood finishing system, offering exceptional, class-leading clarity and quick turnaround.
  2. xerofire® Clear - a double-coat basecoat, single top-coat fire retardant wood finishing system, offering exceptional, class-leading clarity.
  3. xerofire® Colour - a double-coat white primer, single pigmented top-coat fire retardant wood finishing system.

xerofire® Products

  1. xerofire® Isolator - a clear barriercoat to prevent potential discolouration from acid-sensitive timbers
  2. xerofire® Basecoat - a clear waterborne basecoat for use under xerofire® Clear topcoat
  3. xerofire®HP Basecoat - a single-coat clear waterborne basecoat, saving time during application
  4. xerofire® Clear Topcoat - a clear acid-catalysed topcoat for use over xerofire® Basecoat
  5. xerofire® Primer - a waterborne white primer for use under xerofire® Colour topcoat
  6. xerofire® Colour Topcoat - a pigmented acid-catalysed topcoat for use over xerofire® Primer

Scope for Use

xerofire® is suitable for use with substrates according to the following parameters:

  1. Thickness of at least 12mm
  2. Density of at least 510kg/m3

Accreditation 

  1. Class 0 furniture-grade wood finishing system
  2. Fire resistant, fire proof coating system
  3. Fire rated system for spray application

The user should consider the Fire Retardant Accreditation for this product range as a guideline only. The tests conducted encompass the whole finishing system which may comprise additionally of substrate, adhesive, veneer and coating, and not just the coating. Application methods and coating weights are also factors which can influence fire retardancy.

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that their specific system/application achieves/maintains the required Fire-Retardant rating. For example, "Euro Class B" MDF is fire-rated board. Any application of glue and veneer etc will compromise the rating of the board. Therefore, the Reaction to Fire rating of Euro Class B MDF must be maintained by applying a coating system to upgrade the veneer to B-s1,d0, thus maintaining the rating of the board.

xerofire® has achieved the highest rating for Euro Class B of s1,d0 Reaction to Fire

  • s1 - little or no smoke propagation
  • d0 - no flaming droplets or particles in the first 10 minutes

xerofire® complies with the requirements for Class 0 defined in Appendix A paragraph 13 of Approved Document B “Fire Safety” to the Building Regulations and has achieved the Euro Reaction to Fire classification of Euro Class B-s1,d0 xerofire® official Exova FR Certification/Accreditation Reports:

  1. BS 476: Part 6: 1989 +A1: 2009 – Method of Test for Fire Propagation of Products – Report Number: 315455 issued 25th April 2012 by Exova Warrington. Reviewed (402251) by Exova Warrington 13th July 2018.
  2. BS 476: Part 7: 1997 – Method for Classification of the Surface Spread of Flame of Products – Report Number: 315456 issued 25th April 2012 by Exova Warrington. Reviewed (402252) by Exova Warrington 13th July 2018.

  3. EN 13501-1: 2007 +A1 :2009 “Euro” Classification B-s1,d0 – Report Number 412843 issued 10th June 2019 by Warringtonfire.

xerofire® has been used in well-known places: The Shard, Starbucks, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Birmingham Library, Heathrow Terminals 4 & 5, The National Theatre, Frankie & Benny’s, Waterloo Underground Station, the Facebook Offices and The Royal Barge. 

Contact Technical Service for more information at 0161 406 5300. See the rest of the Architectural Coatings range, or view our Interior Lacquers.

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

A quick drying, high build Acid-Catalyst lacquer designed for manual or automatic spray application. clasolac® maintains the substrate rating and does not upgrade it. Always seek technical information before project commencement.

clasolac® meets the requirements of BS 476: Part 6: 1989 & Part 7: 1997 Compliance with the Requirements for Class 1 & Class 0 Surfaces (as defined in Approved Document B of the Building Regulations 2000), when applied on rated MDF*

Meets the requirements of FIRA Standard 6250: Horizontal surfaces (excluding kitchen worktops) - Severe Use.

Veneer Treatment: Morrells recommends the use of N5 Salt Solution to upgrade the fire rating of untreated veneers. Veneers should be pre-sanded with 180 grit paper prior to the application of N5 Solution. N5 can be brush or spray applied at a rate of ~80 g/m2 and left 24 hours at 18°C to dry. N5 has an alkaline pH and may cause veneer discolouration, especially on light-coloured timbers. Always prepare a test panel to determine whether the level of discolouration is acceptable. When dry, the treated veneer should be lightly de-nibbed to remove excess salt residue. If staining is required, always apply the stain before the N5 Solution.

Lacquers of this type achieve their full resistance properties after approximately 21 days drying depending in conditions, although careful use is possible before this period.

* The user should consider the Fire Retardant Accreditation for this product range as a guideline only. BS 476 Parts 6 & 7 (the ‘Method to test Fire Propagation’ and the ‘Surface Spread of Flame test’ respectively) encompasses the whole finishing system which may comprise additionally of substrate, adhesive, veneer, salt solution and coating, and not just the coating.

 

Application methods and coating weights are also factors which will also influence fire retardancy.

It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that their specific system/application maintains the required Fire Retardant rating.

Under normal conditions these products will have a workable pot-life of 36 hours after catalysis.

clasolac® Fire Retardant lacquers are also available in Fastmatch® colours (BS, RAL, NCS etc).

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

omnia® is a multi-component wood coating system that offers ultimate protection against UV, weather damage and wood rot. Consisting of omnia® Wood Protect, End Grain Sealer, White Primer, and Clear and Opaque Topcoats, omnia® has been developed to multiple British Standards for exterior joinery. The omnia® exterior wood coating system also includes additional products: omnia® Knotting to help prevent extractive staining and omnia® Prime Pre-Treatment to further isolate and suppress extractives from woods, such as idigbo, sapele, western red cedar, mahogany, or other timber species that may stain the coating.

omnia® Exterior Joinery Coatings are suitable for multiple wood types, as well as Accoya® acetylated wood. Guidelines for the use of omnia® with Accoya® can be found in the omnia® Exterior Joinery Guide for Accoya®.

omnia® offers many years of protection against the elements as long as timber selection, preparation and design meet TWA scheme criteria and requirement standards, and the application of the wood coatings are in accordance with the appropriate Morrells product data and/or specification. This range has been extensively tested to BS 927-3 (Natural Exposure) and BS EN 927-6 (Accelerated Exposure) for use as an wooden exterior joinery finish. Though omnia® offers UV protection, water repellency and weather protection, very exposed or coastal locations can reduce the longevity of all exterior coatings. For this reason annual inspections and maintenance must be carried out according to the omnia® Maintenance Guide.

For full details on finishing exterior joinery please download Morrells Guide to Exterior Joinery Finishing before starting any new project.

See the rest of the Morrells Architectural Coatings range, or view Morrells Interior Lacquers.

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

induro® Floor Lacquers are the ultimate complement to a wooden floor with a natural colouration and extreme resistance to wear and tear. With a comprehensive range of products, induro® is the best choice for finishing or rejuvenating a wooden floor.

induro® Floor Lacquers provide extremely strong yet flexible coatings that offer outstanding chemical and mechanical resistance. They produce finishes with excellent clarity and wood-warming, and are perfectly suited to domestic and commercial soft- and hardwood floors for resistance to low, medium and high traffic.

The range consists of both waterborne and shellac sealers, waterborne XL1 one-pack and XL2 two-pack topcoats, as well as XLA anti-slip, SP sport and NATRO% dead-matt topcoats. All are compatible with morrells® range of lightfast and classique solvent stains, and are complemented by a selection of maintenance products.

Also available is the range of induro® XLO clear and colour floor oils, XLMC moisture-cured polyurethane and acid-catalysed (AC) lacquers (for industrial, workshop application only).

See the rest of the Architectural Coatings range, or view our other Wood Finishes.

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

medicote® lacquers are designed for areas where the spread of microbial organisms threatens public health.

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

holzol®, a technically advanced range of oils, blends plant-based ingredients with hybrid natural resins to achieve outstanding performance. By using natural ingredients, holzol is able to soak into the wood more efficiently, coating the internal structure and providing an unsurpassed level of protection. Unlike paints which sit atop the wood, oils seep in, maintaining the natural feel of a natural substance. 

Offering food- and child-safe products, furniture-grade oils, exterior protection and staining, anti-slip qualities and more rapid drying times, the holzol® range provides a product for all purposes.

The real beauty of holzol® however is its universal appeal: anyone can use it and everyone gets a great finish. holzol® is so easy to apply, and because it seeps deep into the pores of the wood, it always gives a pleasing just-below-the-surface silky-smooth finish.

The holzol® range of advanced technology natural wood oils compliments Morrells’ growing range of environmentally-conscious coatings. Improved touch-dry and hard-dry times are a hallmark of the range, as is durability, with impressive resistance to abrasion, wet-heat, chemical attack and impact.

See the rest of the Architectural Coatings range or view our Interior Lacquers.

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right

A complete range of solvent-based polyurethane lacquers including High Build SealersClear AcrylicsUltra High Solids (UHS)Wet-Look, and Clear and Fastmatch colour-matched lacquers.

 

Learn Morekeyboard_arrow_right