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Glazes are a water based staining treatment used on cured concrete. They achieve the desired appearance with Nano sized pigment particles that penetrate deeply into the concrete surface. The carrier reacts with the concrete to lock in the particles. Glazes can be used in many ways, achieving subtle tints or dramatic color variation.
These colours can be mixed together to produce an unlimited array of colours. Glazes are UV stable, and do not contain acids, metal salts, or solvents.
-The material can be applied over polished concrete, but it will be far more durable and rich in concrete that is matte or etched.
-When the glaze is wet, it is active. When you rub across a still wet area, it will remove the material. This can either be a nice effect, or a precursor to cursing.
-The longer the glaze has been dry, the harder it will be to remove. Soon after drying, it can be removed with a wet towel, the next day it will require diamond abrasives.
-Apply thin layers. You will end up with a more durable finish applying multiple thin layers as opposed to one thick layer.
-The first coat is the hardest. When the concrete is thirsty, it is tough to keep from getting streaks. You can dilute the glaze with distilled water by 50%. If you want to make an even more dilute solution, you can make a base of 25% CH Prep, 25% FS Sealz, and 50% water or CRTE Sealer 1. With this formula, you can make as dilute glaze as you want. The further the dilution on your first layer, the more forgiving.
-While this is compatible with many different sealers, and it in fact enhances the performance of many sealers, it should be tested with non BR Sealers.
-You can combine these colours to make virtually any color you want. This is very useful if you have concrete colours you want to shift the color of, or if you simply want to enhance a colour. If you want help formulating a colour to suit a particular situation, let us know and we can help you in that process.
-A dilute version of the Black Glaze is a very effective way to enhance virtually any colour. In many cases, this will produce the most durable ‘wet look’ effect you will find.
-Protect your piece with sealer. These Glazes are fully UV stable, and will stand up to a fair bit of abrasion, but sealer will help protect them for the long haul.
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