HARDBRIGHT COLOR HARDENER is ready to use, streak free,
dry shake Color Hardener. Hard Bright is formulated to be easily
integrated into the surface of freshly placed concrete. HardBright
Color Hardener densifies the surface of the slab, increases it’s
resistance to wear, freeze and thaw cycles, heavy traffic and
enhances light reflecting while greatly improving it’s appearance.
HardBright Color Hardener is regularly used as a floor hardening
and coloring agent with flat work and imprinted (stamped) concrete
to simulate the look of brick stone, tile, slate, etc. When used
with DECOSUP Stamping Mats, Antiquing Release Agent and our high
solids Acrylic Clear Sealer, an authentic architectural design
is achieved on the concrete.
HardBright Color Hardener is also used in institutional, industrial,
commercial and residential applications for interior flat concrete
floors where a workhorse, abrasion resistance, colored or light
reflecting floor is desired.
Hard-Bright Color Hardener is formulated with specially graded
silica quartz aggregates, top quality Portland Cement Type I,
light fast synthetic and natural iron oxides, for fading and U/V
light resistance and proprietary additives. HARDBRIGHT COLOR HARDENERS
meets or exceeds ASTM C-979 for color stability and ASTM C-4060
for abrasion resistance.
HardBright is packaged in 60 lbs. double poly lined bags or pails.
Each 60 lb. or 27.3 Kg package of HardBright CH should cover no
more than 100 square feet or 9.29 square meters for normal applications.
For Heavy Traffic, Malls, Theme Parks, we recommend a maximum
of 75 square feet or 7 square meters and for Industrial floors
no more than 50 square feet or 4.65 square meters.
Hard-Bright Color hardener is available in 24 colors. Custom colors
Hard-Bright colors are inert, lightfast, double milled, element
resistant and free from any fillers or extenders.
Aggregate Size 35-60 US Mesh
Aggregate Type Quartz, Silica Sand
Cement Portland Type I
Pigment Synthetic and Natural Iron Oxides
When HardBright Color Hardener is stored under normal conditions,
in a dry/moisture free environment, a shelf life of at least six
months from the date of purchase will be obtained. First-in/First-out
method should be observed.
Samples of DECOSUP Hard-Bright Color Hardener should be obtained
prior to approval from project owner. Note that concrete mix design,
weather, texture mats, sealers, release agents, application technique
and experience of applicator will affect the final result of the
SUB GRADE PREPARATION:
The sub grade should be adequately compacted, well drained, uniformly
graded and thoroughly dampened but free from standing water before
concrete is poured.
The same plant should batch all concrete to avoid variations
All concrete should be placed at the same slump. A 3" to
4" slump is recommended, with 5" maximum. Normal air
entrainment, water reducing agents and delay set admixtures may
be used. CAUTION: DO NOT USE CALCIUM CHLORIDE OR CALCIUM CHLORIDE
BASED PRODUCTS IN COLORED CONCRETE. In cold weather, a non-chloride
accelerator should be used.
Concrete should be placed and screeded with normal procedures,
a rollerbug or jitterbug is recommended to use to bring cream
to the surface for better workability and color dispersion. At
this point the concrete should be bull floated with a wood or
magnesium bull float.
After initial floating and all excess bleed water has dispersed,
the first application of HardBright may be applied. The color
hardener should be fluffed up, aerated, because of settling during
shipping, by means of opening the bag or pail and running your
fingers through it several times.
Broadcast first application using about 60% of recommended amount
and let it remain on the surface for several minutes or until
the Hard-Bright has wetted out sufficiently, then float with a
wood or magnesium float.
Immediately broadcast the second application with remaining of
Hard-Bright and let it wet out for several minutes then trowel
with a fresno or steel trowel, if needed in some areas may have
to be touched up with more color.
CAUTION; DO NOT OVER TROWEL, DO NOT SPRINKLE OR FOG WATER ON CONCRETE.
This will cause variation on color intensity.
---Non Skid finish: To achieve a non skid finish, broadcast second
application of color hardener and do not trowel or work into concrete,
let it sit for a few minutes or until ready to stamp, apply release
powder and stamp as usual, this will produce a more textured non-skid
imprinting with texture mats, antiquing of the slab can be achieved
by using DECOSUP 's antiquing color release agent, available in
20 colors or Decosup’s Liquid Release.
After the Hard-Bright Color Hardener has been fully applied, and
immediately before placing the mats on the concrete, the release
agent should be broadcast onto the still plastic, colored concrete,
and it is applied at a rate of 30 lbs. or 14 Kg per 1000 square
feet or 93 square meters.
Antiquing release agent forms a release barrier between the texture
mat and the concrete. When the texture mat is impressed into the
still plastic concrete, the moisture in the concrete disperses
the pigment particles, which have been mechanically processed
to encapsulate the release agent particle, thus leaving grout
lines and stone indentations with the color of the antiquing color
After the concrete has achieved it's initial set, in hot climates
as soon as the next day and in cold climates as long as ten days,
the release agent may be removed by pressure rinsing with a high
power pressure cleaner, or a soap and water solution, and scrubbed
with a broom. Care should be taken not to remove all the release
agent from the concrete, especially from grout lines and deeper
To protect and help cure the concrete two coats of Hard-Bright
Clear Sealer are recommended.
When the concrete is determined to be ready for stamping wet the
stamps fist with Liquid Release then apply liberally over the
concrete taking care not to get too far ahead as the Liquid Release
evaporates, especially when the ambient temperature is high. If
the liquid release has evaporated just reapply. Once liquid release
is applied follow your regular stamping procedures. After the
concrete is set usually after one or two days you may antique
the concrete using a liquid antiquing mix made with 50 % clear
sealer, 50 % solvent and release powder at a rate of 2 ounces
per gallon of mix, this ratio may be adjusted to increase or decrease
the intensity and depth of the antiquing. The slab may also be
antiqued using ChemTone acid stain, which will greatly increase
the depth and marbling of the antiquing.
LIMITED WARRANTY AND NOTICE:
All recommendations, statements and technical data contained herein
are based on tests we believe to be reliable and correct, but
accuracy and completeness of said tests are not to be construed
as a warranty, either expressed or implied. User should rely on
his own information and test to determine the suitability of the
product for the intended use and user assumes all risk and liability
from his use of the product. Seller and manufacturer's sole responsibility
shall be to replace the portion of the product proved to be defective.
Neither seller nor manufacturer should be liable to the buyer
or any third party for any injury, loss or damage directly or
indirectly resulting from the use or inability to use the product.
Recommendations and statements, other than those contained in
a written agreement signed by an officer of the manufacturer,
shall not be binding upon the manufacturer or seller.
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