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Surface Deactivator


Surface Deactivator makes exposed aggregate finishes easier and more consistent. It is topically applied to freshly-placed concrete to prevent cement paste hardening and achieve more controlled exposed aggregate finishes. Unlike sugar-based retarders with uncertain levels of retardation, Surface Deactivator selectively halts the hydration process down to a controlled depth.

Eleven predetermined depths of exposure are available, color-coded for identification, to provide consistent, repeatable cement paste removal and aggregate reveal. Because Surface Deactivator provides a longer window before the surface paste must be removed, it allows underlying concrete to harden properly, locking in aggregate and reducing pop-outs. Surface Deactivator is water-soluble for easy removal with high-pressure water washing and scrubbing equipment.

Surface Deactivator creates a polymeric flim that acts as a water retention barrier and temporary curing agent, protecting fresh concrete from light rain and reducing moisture loss.

Surface Deactivator can be applied to newly-placed concrete that is specified for diamond polishing. It softens surface cement paste, reducing heavy grinding stages up to 75%, dramatically decreasing polishing time as well as diamond-tooling and labor costs.

Surface Deactivator Specifications

  • 1 gal. bottles and 5 gal. pails
  • 200 to 550 ft2 per gal. – varies on application and sprayer type
  • 11 exposures ranging from 0.1mm to 6.5mm (1/4”)
  • Easy color-coded, non-staining formula
  • Solvent-free; VOC compliant

Surface Deactivator Depth Chart

SSD01-1 Acid Etch Beige 0.2 mm, 1 gal
SSD01-4 Acid Etch Beige 0.2 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD01-5 Acid Etch Beige 0.2 mm, 5 gal
SSD02-1 Acid Etch Purple 0.2 mm, 1 gal
SSD02-4 Acid Etch Purple 0.2 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD02-5 Acid Etch Purple 0.2 mm, 5 gal
SSD05-1 Light Sandblast Blue 0.5 mm, 1 gal
SSD05-4 Light Sandblast Blue 0.5 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD05-5 Light Sandblast Blue 0.5 mm, 5 gal
SSD10-1 Medium Sandblast Brown 1 mm, 1 gal
SSD10-4 Medium Sandblast Brown 1 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD10-5 Medium Sandblast Brown 1 mm, 5 gal
SSD20-1 Heavy Sandblast Green 2 mm, 1 gal
SSD20-4 Heavy Sandblast Green 2 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD20-5 Heavy Sandblast Green 2 mm, 5 gal
SSD25-1 Exposure Yellow 2.5 mm ,1 gal
SSD25-4 Exposure Yellow 2.5 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD25-5 Exposure Yellow 2.5 mm, 5 gal
SSD30-1 Exposure Red 3 mm, 1 gal
SSD30-4 Exposure Red 3 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD30-5 Exposure Red 3 mm, 5 gal
SSD40-1 Exposure Gray 4 mm, 1 gal
SSD40-4 Exposure Gray 4 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD40-5 Exposure Gray 4 mm, 5 gal
SSD50-1 Exposure Mustard 5 mm, 1 gal
SSD50-4 Exposure Mustard 5 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD50-5 Exposure Mustard 5 mm, 5 gal
SSD55-1 Exposure White 5.5 mm, 1 gal
SSD55-4 Exposure White 5.5 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD55-5 Exposure White 5.5 mm, 5 gal
SSD65-1 Exposure Orange 6.5 mm, 1 gal
SSD65-4 Exposure Orange 6.5 mm, 1 case of 4
SSD65-5 Exposure Orange 6.5 mm, 5 gal


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