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We are an internationally recognised, independent manufacturer of high performance wood coatings 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.


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.

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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.

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A unique range of leading technology, 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 Intumescent Basecoat together in combination with a 2K Acid Catalyst Clear Topcoat providing a high quality and excellent aesthetic furniture grade finish.


xerofire® has been used in a few well-known place: Starbucks, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Birmingham Library, Heathrow T4 & T5, The National Theatre, Frankie & Benny’s, Waterloo Underground Station, Facebook Offices and The Royal Barge.


xerofire® is the first high-performance furniture grade lacquer system that will upgrade a non-fire-rated timber substrate to BS476 Part 6 & 7 Class 0 and Class 1, and also achieve top rating (Euro Class B-s1,d0) in the European Fire Standard EN13501-1 on 18mm thick birch-faced plywood with a density of 650kg/m3, employing a 40mm ventilated cavity. In addition, xerofire is extremely durable (FIRA Standard 6250 - Severe Use).

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:

  • EN 13501-1: 2007 +A1: 2009 “Euro” Classification B-s1,d0 - Report Number 333923 issued 4th November 2013 by Exova Warrington
  • BS 476: Part 6: 1989 +A1: 2009 - Method of test for Propagation of Products - Report Number: 315455 issued 25th April 2012 by Exova Warrington
  • 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



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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).

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omnia® exterior wood joinery coatings provide ultimate protection against UV, weather damage and wood rot. omnia by Morrells offers many years protection against the elements as long as timber selection, preparation and design meet TWA scheme criteria and requirement standards, and the application of the coatings are in accordance with the appropriate Morrells product data and/or specification. Very exposed or coastal locations can reduce the longevity of all exterior coatings. For this reason annual inspections and maintenance must be carried out with the omnia maintain range of products.

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

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A wooden floor has a natural strength and beauty. It can transform the ambience of a room, its grain figuring is unique and it can last a lifetime.

induro® from Morrells is the ultimate complement to a wooden floor with a deep natural colouration and extreme resistance to wear. induro antimicrobial floor finishes offer protection against E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria and other harmful bacteria.

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

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With the growing demand for timber and materials from renewable sources, high-transfer efficient natural coatings that compliment wooden furniture and joinery are becoming even more popular. For centuries wood has been oiled for appearance and protection purposes. In recent years Northern European coatings manufacturers have developed oil based coatings to improve timber longevity and the appearance. Now Morrells, with its legendary expertise in wood finish technology, have taken oil coatings to a new level. 

holzol®, a technically advanced range of oils, blends plant-based ingredients with hybrid natural resins to achieve truly outstanding performance. 

holzol® actually feeds and nourishes lignum, coating the molecular internal structure of timber, thereby providing an unsurpassed level of protection.  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 environment friendly 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. holzol® Clear UV Floor-Oil for mass production factory application fully cures in seconds to a super-tough high traffic finish.

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VLi® is the Italian coatings division specialising in the production of polyurethane and polyester coatings including mirror-gloss and acrylic lacquer systems. VLi® is also the source of our special-effects range of interior design finishes for the shopfitting and leisure goods industries. Hard wearing off-the-gun Frost, Suede, Raindrop, Mother-Of-Pearl and  completely unique Antique Copper, Bronze and Ferrous Rust effects.

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