Fire proofing 2

As we are building the boxes or frames to house our miniature settings, we have to remember to treat the wood with a fireproofing chemical. I wrote a blog about this last year but it is worth repeating now. I have just begun cutting the wood for my box and I am adding the flame retardant Flamex to my primer.

I purchased a small bottle (8 ounces) online at, a theatrical supply house. Last year I got the same thing at Philadelphia Theatrical Supply, just down the street from the Convention Center.  Their info online is:

Here is what it looks like:

Add all 8 ounces to a gallon of paint or put a proportional amount into smaller amounts of paint. Roll it on with a roller or paint with a brush. It doesn’t have to look good (this is the side that is inside our prep room) but it  has to be done because we fill out a form that certifies we have done this. Besides, if there is a fire, we don’t want the miniatures to make it worse!


  1. Hi Doc!

    I’ve been following your progress with great interest. I can’t imagine fitting a display into such a tiny box – you all do such great work!

    Thought to contribute a head’s up on the fire retardant: to be sure to wash your hands really well and keep it away from any food. At one show here in Seattle, I must have touch the treated tablecloth before picking up my sandwich and got sicker than a dog – just before the show. It wasn’t pretty. It’s really powerful stuff!

    Can’t wait to see your project develop!

    Your Fellow MG,

  2. Hi Janit, Thanks for the advice. It sounds like it would be a good idea to wear gloves while painting with the stuff, too.

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