Release agent increases form life
DuoGuard II form release agent produces better, cleaner concrete surfaces while cutting cleanup time and minimizing concrete buildup. It also penetrates into wood, increasing the life of the forms. In addition, it won't stain or discolor the concrete. W.R. Meadows. 800-342-5976. www.wrmeadows.com.
Architectural form release
Nox-Crete PCE is a form release agent specially designed for architectural concrete. It also works well with low-slump, high-density, and superplasticized mixes. This biodegradable formula dries to a non-slippery film and reduces bug-holes and binding. Nox-Crete Products Group. 800-669-2738. www.nox-crete.com.
Vegetable oil form release agent
Farm Fresh is an innovative, natural organic chemical release agent that uses the latest in micro-emulsion technology. Made from vegetable oil, it is ideal for sensitive environmental situations around rivers, streams, or potable water reservoirs. It is VOC compliant, biodegradable, and ready to use. It also cleans and reconditions forms, and helps eliminate buildup, bugholes, and fines. Unitex. 800-821-5846. www.unitex-chemicals.com.
Release agent protects formwork
Magic Kote is a chemically neutralized form release designed to reduce concrete buildup and formwork cleaning. It protects the formwork against rust, and won't stain, discolor, or leave a residue. Available in standard or cherry-scented formulas, it is water insoluble, low sulfur, and contains no waxes. Symons. 800-800-7966. www.symons.com.
Soy-based form release agent
Crete-Lease Bio-Tru is a soy-based form release agent that allows for easy stain-free removal of forms, formliners, and pallets from hardened concrete. It won't interfere with caulks, coatings, paints, sealers, or curing compounds. It also contains no waxes, silicones, or carcinogens. Cresset Chemical Co. 800-367-2020. www.cresset.com.
In the May issue of CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION, the source given for Newlook Concrete Color Maintenance system was incorrect. The product, which creates the look of marble or stone on any concrete surface, is available from Newlook International LLC. You can learn more about the product and the company by calling 877-763-9566, or going to www.getnewlook.com.