DECOSUP RELEASE POWDER is a dry blend of hydrophobic
powders, proprietary ingredients and coloring pigments designed
for use in the concrete imprinting process to allow the clean release
of texturing tools from the wet concrete surface. DECOSUP RELEASE
POWDER adds color variations and highlights to the textured surface,
providing an attractive two-color antiqued look that very closely
resembles natural materials such as cobblestone, brick, tile and
The release powder is the highlighter not the primary colorant in
the concrete; coloring of the concrete may be achieved by using
integral pigments or color hardeners. Which procedure to use should
be determined by the final desired effect, conditions at the job
site and preference of the designer. Integral colored produces a
color through matrix while color hardener is a surface application.
The advantage of integral color is that it colors through the thickness
of the slab, saves time and labor and it makes for a cleaner finishing
process. Color hardener on the other hand required more labor and
time to finish but it provides with a greater color selection including
light hues and pastel colors not possible to achieve with integral
color, the resulting finish has a harder more wear resistant surface
and the material cost is lower.
RELEASE POWDER FEATURES AND BENEFITS
• Allows a clean bond break between fresh concrete and stamping
• Ads color variation-antiquing affect for stamped surfaces.
• Easy removal process allows for controlled removal to achieve
desired shading effect.
The final color of the concrete is affected by many factors. It
may be a function of the basic concrete mix ingredients (fine aggregate,
coarse aggregate, water and cement), the weather, finishing techniques,
experience of the applicators, and coloring method used (color hardener,
integral color or acid stain).
Important factors affecting the color on concrete are the actual
cement content and the water/cement ratio. The higher the cement
content on the mix, the more integral color will be required (always
follow manufacturer’s specifications regarding the amount
of pigment to cement ratio) this ratio is measured in pigment x
bags of cement x cubic yard of concrete.
FACTORS AFFECTING FINAL COLOR:
• Rapid moisture loss from within the concrete due to absorption
from dry sub-grade or formwork.
• Rapid moisture loss at the concrete surface caused by wind,
elevated temperatures or sunlight.
• Over working the concrete surface. Surface water should
never be worked into the concrete. Always wait until bleed water
has dried or evaporated before finishing concrete.
• Poor workmanship: Workers should be experienced in finishing,
texturing, coloring stamp placement and removal, and curing and
sealing decorative concrete.
• Troweling release powder into concrete.
• Variations in concrete from batch to batch, i.e. different
water cement ratio, amount or type of cement in the mix, too lean
• Weather; follow ACI guidelines when pouring on cold or hot
The concrete shall have a minimum compressive strength of 3,000
psi in non-freeze areas, 3,500 psi in moderate freeze-thaw areas
and 4,000 psi in severe freeze-thaw areas. Portland cement shall
conform to ASTM C 150 Type I, II, or V, depending on soil conditions.
Aggregates shall conform to ASTM C33. Mixing water shall be fresh,
clean and potable. In freeze-thaw areas only, an air-entraining
admixture complying to ASTM C 260 shall be used to achieve an entrained
air content for the particular mix used in accordance with the published
recommendations of the Portland Cement Association and the American
Concrete Institute. No admixtures containing calcium chloride shall
Water reducers, plasticizers, accelerant, retarders and other admixtures
are allowed as long as they have been thoroughly tested and approved
to be compatible with color hardener, integral color, release powder
and liquid release. Some admixtures while providing an enhanced
performance for the mix may cause negative effects on the finishing
and color of the slab; discoloration, stickiness (causing the stamps
to “pull” concrete up) and other adverse effects have
After concrete is colored with HardBright Color Hardener or integral
color and it reaches the proper set for imprinting, hand broadcast
the release powder evenly over the surface to be stamped. Care should
be taken not to trowel the release powder into the wet concrete;
this will cause a permanent discoloration. After release powder
has been applied, follow your regular procedure for stamping concrete.
• It is helpful to also coat the stamps with release powder
before placing on wet concrete for the first time.
• Never drag anything on the surface or trowel over release
powder. Discoloration will occur.
• If the stamps have been recently washed, they must be fully
dry before starting to stamp. Any moisture still left on the mats
will decrease the release powder efficiency resulting on concrete
adhering to the stamp.
• Always cover walls, columns and plants with 1 mill plastic
liner to avoid excessive clean up labor.
• Before pressure washing the concrete, broom off the release
powder or pick up with a wet vac.
• The release powder may also be removed without pressure
washing by using a liquid soap and brooms to remove excess.
• If after pressure washing and cleaning there is still too
much release on the surface a very mild water/muratic acid solution
may be used to complete the removal. Use this process with caution.
• If too much release is removed you may antique the concrete
with a liquid antiquing mix made with HardBright Clear sealer +
solvent + release powder sprayed onto the surface.
It is highly recommended to develop and follow a routine maintenance
schedule for all colored concrete so that it will maintain a top
quality appearance. Every 24 to 60 months, colored concrete installations
should be inspected, cleaned and resealed as required by volume
and intensity of traffic. The need will depend on a number of factors
including traffic conditions, geographical location and weather.
Use facemask or respirator. Do not allow getting into eyes. Keep
out of the reach of children. Prolonged breathing will cause throat
and lung irritation. Protect all adjacent areas. See Material Safety
Data Sheets for further information.
Indefinitely if protected from moisture.
800 to 1000 square feet per 30-pound pail / 74 to 95 square meters
per 13.6 kilogram pail. Coverage rates vary with application technique,
wind conditions and texture of the concrete prior to application.
Pail, 30 pounds/13.6 kilograms.
WARRANTY: DECOSUP RELEASE POWDER is warranted to
be of uniform quality within manufacturing tolerances. Since control
is not exercised over its use, no warranty, expressed or implied,
is made as to the effects of such use. Seller and manufacturer's
obligation under this warranty shall be limited to refunding the
purchase price of that portion of the material proven to be defective.
For professional use only
Consult Material Safety Data Sheet before use.
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