If you’re planning to install a custom stamped concrete floor, you’ll want to make sure you have a good concrete release agent. These agents help prevent dirt and stains from sticking to the surface and making it hard to clean.
There are many types of release agents on the market. You can purchase them in either liquid or powder form. Liquid releases are typically water-based. They can be applied with a spray bottle or rolled over the surface of the concrete.
Powdered release agents are available in both pigmented and clear varieties. Both types of release agents help impart a subtle color to the concrete and serve as bond breakers.
Many contractors tint clear liquid release agents with a colored version. This process is often used to add accents to the integral color. A colored version can be applied with a pump-type sprayer and strained through a cheesecloth.
Several companies manufacture powdered release agents. Most pack them in 30-pound pails. Typically, you’ll want to use no more than three pounds of powder per 100 square feet.
While you’ll find a number of different types of release agents on the market, not all provide the same quality of results. Before purchasing a product, check the manufacturer’s website for more information. For instance, KLEEN KOTE 111 is a biodegradable release agent that creates a virtually non-stick coating on the concrete. It also protects vehicles from damage during seasonal storage.
If you’re planning to apply a sealer after stamping, you’ll need to remove enough of the release to allow the sealer to adhere. Some professionals recommend applying a second coat of release after the first.