High-strength, self-leveling overlayment
Designed for fast-track resurfacing of concrete surfaces. Concrete Canvas is a self-leveling, polymer-modified overlayment that comes in white and gray, and readily accepts acid stains and acrylic shading materials. The product gives contractors the ability to create a wide range of color effects; in addition, it sets quickly, requires no troweling, and can be acid-stained or shaded in as little as 24 hours after installation. The material reaches a strength of 5030 psi in 28 days and, when properly sealed and polished, provides an economical, low-maintenance flooring solution. Specialty Concrete Products, 800-533-4702, www.scpusa.com. Circle 30.
Bonding primer for decorative finishes
SkimStone bonding primer allows SkimStone decorative finishes to be used on non-porous substrates, such as plastic laminate or ceramic tile. The bonding primer is formulated to enhance inter-coat adhesion, and may also be used on previously sealed or painted concrete floors where removal by grinding or shot blasting isn't possible. With this decorative finishing system, a three-coat application provides a beautiful organic textured look for both interior and exterior use, in residential or commercial spaces. It provides unlimited color options, easy-to-achieve special effects, and water clean-up. Rudd Co., 800-444-7833, www.ruddcompany.com. Circle 31.
Decorative concrete stamps
Artistic concrete stamps are available for commercial and residential concrete work. The stamps are made of a commercial-grade rubber for long lasting use. They come in 35 designs, including Western, Southwestern, wildlife, coastal, oceanic, and floral themes. Logo stamps can also be custom-designed for contractors who want to leave their signatures on their work. Art Stamped Concrete, 307-332-6595, www.artstampedconcrete.com. Circle 32.
Pigments, color process for ready-mix concrete
With the Standley Color Batch system, ready-mix companies can incorporate Bayferrox C granulated pigments into a dry-to-wet mixing process to obtain all the advantages of liquid colors, but at a lower cost per yard. The process makes liquid colors on a single-batch basis using the producer's own water. It uses granular pigments and separately weighs each of four primary colors. Pigment and water are mixed within seconds, and the liquefied pigment is transferred to the mixer. Flushing with water after each batch eliminates color contamination. Lanxess Corp. (formerly Bayer Chemicals), 800-526-9377, www.lanxess.com. Circle 33.