While they may not be as thrilling as a highly trained government operative negotiating the release of political prisoners, concrete release agents play a critical role in the success of a stamped or stenciled concrete project. These powders and liquids separate the stamping mats or skins from the concrete, ensuring that every imprint detail will appear crisp. They also add color to the resulting textured surface, either as an accent or antiquing.
Most concrete release agent near me come in a powder or liquid form, and both can be tinted. The powdered variety is dusted over the concrete before the initial imprinting, and contractors must be careful not to use too much, which could interfere with pattern imprinting. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid overdoing it.
Liquid release agents are misted on the concrete by using a pump-up sprayer, and they can be applied over large areas more quickly than a powdered release. Contractors can purchase liquid release agent in a wide range of colors, and they can even combine them to achieve the desired effect (see How to Make a Tinted Release).
Both types of concrete release agent are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Some are also biodegradable, and a few even contain recycled ingredients from the manufacturing process. However, the vast majority of concrete release agents are classified as hazardous materials by the DOT, and they must be shipped in sealed containers with proper labeling.