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. Janit Calvo

    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,

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