DAY 1 Troweling Finishing Aid Colloidal Silica – Extend Fresh Concrete Workable Time

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Day 1 is a concrete finishing aid by Solomon Colors, that should be on every Ready Mix job site. DAY1 FINISHING AID is a colloidal silica-based topical additive that makes concrete flatwork finishing easier and faster. It produces a better result and reduces the risk of a prematurely setting slab. Applied during floating and troweling, DAY1 increases cream, making for easier, better finishing and extended workable time under adverse conditions.

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DAY1® by Solomon Colors uses unique colloidal silica technology to make architectural concrete better. Improve finishing, reduce surface defects, and enhance performance all without harming color and appearance. DAY1® is a vital part of any concrete installation.

DAY1® Finishing Aid is a colloidal silica-based topical additive that makes concrete flatwork finishing easier and faster. It produces a better result and reduces the risk of a prematurely setting slab. Applied during floating and troweling, DAY1 increases cream, making for easier, better finishing and extended workable time under adverse conditions. DAY1 does not alter the water to cement ratio. It provides moisture-retention performance similar to a liquid membrane-forming curing compound. DAY1, however, becomes a permanent part of the slab so there is no membrane or residue to remove.

DAY1 also has a number of densification and performance-enhancing qualities. Through densification, compressive and surface abrasion resistance are improved. Additionally, DAY1 improves consolidation, reduces water vapor transmission, and extends curing, further improving strength and durability. DAY1 has been shown to successfully mitigate slab curling by reducing evaporation at the surface, thereby diminishing the shrinkage differential and the curling it causes. DAY1 also minimizes the potential for checking, crazing, and other drying-related surface issues.

DAY1 reduces the potential for efflorescence on both colored and non-colored concrete mixes. It also gives the concrete surface hydrophobic-like properties for better resistance to liquid penetration and staining. This makes it a must-have for any colored or decorative concrete project.

Features and Benefits for Freshly-Placed Concrete:
Finishing Aid
• Designed to improve workability under hot, dry & windy conditions. Will save a slab
• Reduces operator fatigue and trowel wear
• Aids application of shake-on hardeners in low bleed water environments
• Helps finish high performance concretes
• Concentrate and ready-to-use formulas
Hardening & Densification
• Increases abrasion & impact resistance
• Increases surface compressive strength
• Creates a denser, less-permeable surface for resistance to liquid penetration
Concrete Curing
• Retains moisture in the slab during the curing
• Reduces water vapor transmission (MVER)
• Mitigates volume of water vapors
Efflorescence & Surface Defect
• Colloidal silica chemical reaction reduces Ca(OH)2 migration
• Reduces efflorescence on both colored & non-colored concrete
• Minimizes checking, crazing & scaling
• Decreases potential for alkali-silica reaction (ASR)
• Ideal for all colored and decorative concrete applications
Curling Reduction
• Reduces potential for slab curling

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CONCRETE FINISHING AID

 

This paragraph is intended to be inserted into 03 33 00 cast-in-place concrete specification or used as a stand alone material requirement for specifying materials on drawing. Copy and paste as needed.

 

Paragraph Specification: Please use the below specification language for projects requiring specifications directly on drawings.

 

  1. Concrete finishing Aid: Spray-applied DAY1 concrete finishing aid for lubricating surface during finishing operations by Solomon Colors. Single component colloidal silica-based admixture for improving surface properties, even colored concrete surfaces by reducing efflorescence. DAY1 also improves workability of high performance concretes that include silica fume, water reducers or other pozzolan materials. Allows for near surface, workable moisture in hot, windy adverse conditions that are unfavorable to concrete finishing. Apply material in accordance with manufacturers written requirements using the following spread rates:
  2. Exterior Performance: 250 to 500 square feet per gallon
  3. Interior Performance:         250 to 500 square feet per gallon
  4. Finishing Aid Only: 800 to 1000 square feet per gallon
    • ASTM C672 Scaling Resistance: 70% improvement, 50 cycles
    • ASTM C666 Freezing and Thawing: 85% resistance improvement
    • ASTM C779 Abrasion Resistance: 35% improvement
    • AASHTO T 259/260 Chloride Ion Penetration: 95% resistant

 

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SECTION 03 35 00

 

CONCRETE FINISHING AID

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This master specification section is intended for use in the preparation of a project manual for a project and has been prepared for use on all types of interior and exterior concrete flatwork.

 

This specification requires minor editing, prior to use. Areas highlighted in yellow require action, e.g. [_______] 

For additional information on updating your cast-in-place concrete and requirements of this section, please call Tom Collupy (360) 241-1053, email at tcollupy@solomancolors.com

 

Guide Specification prepared by www.ZeroDocs.com

 

  • GENERAL

 

1.1    RELATED DOUCMENTS

 

  1. Drawings and general provisions of the Contract, including General and Supplementary Conditions and Division 01 Specification Sections, apply to this Section.

 

  • SECTION INCLUDES
    1. Spray-applied finishing aid to improve properties of interior and exterior concrete finishing.

 

  • Coordinate the following paragraphs with other sections in the project manual.
    1. Related Sections:
      1. Division 01: Administrative, procedural, and temporary work requirements.
    • REFERENCES
  • In the following paragraphs, retain only those reference standards that are used elsewhere in this section.
    1. ASTM International (astm.org):
      1. C672 – Standard Test Method for Scaling Resistance of Concrete Surfaces Exposed to Deicing Chemicals
      2. C666 – Standard Test Method for Resistance of Concrete to Rapid Freezing and Thawing
      3. C779 – Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Horizontal Concrete Surfaces

 

  1. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  2. T259 – Standard Method of Test for Resistance of Concrete to Chloride Ion Penetration 
    • SUBMITTALS
  • Limiting submittals to only those actually required will minimize liability arising from the review of submittals. Minimize submittals on smaller, less complex projects.
  • Include the following for submission of shop drawings, product data, and samples for the Architect’s review.
    1. Submittals for Review:
      1. Product Data: Manufacturer’s technical data.

 

  • Include the following for submission of sustainable design submittals.
    1. Sustainable Design Submittals:
      1. Low-Emitting Product
    • QUALITY ASSURANCE
    1. Manufacturer Qualifications:
      1. Minimum of five (5) years documented experience producing colloidal silica concrete materials.

 

  • PROJECT CONDITIONS

 

  1. Apply when temperatures are a minimum of 40°F and a maximum 110°F for 24 hours prior to, during and after application.

 

  1. Do not allow material to freeze prior to application.
  • PRODUCTS
    • MANUFACTURERS

 

  • Edit the following to indicate whether or not substitutions will be permitted for the products in this section.
    1. Substitutions: [Under provisions of Division 01.] [Not permitted.] [No Known Equal]
    • MATERIALS

 

  1. Colloidal Silica Concrete Finishing Aid: Spray-applied DAY1 concrete finishing aid for lubricating surface during finishing operations by Solomon Colors. Single component colloidal silica-based admixture for improving surface properties, even colored concrete surfaces by reducing efflorescence. DAY1 also improves workability of high performance concretes that include silica fume, water reducers or other pozzolan materials. Allows for near surface, workable moisture in hot, windy adverse conditions that are unfavorable to concrete finishing.
    1. Specified Product: Day 1 Finishing Aid by Solomon Colors
      1. Material Type: Water-based, colloidal silica blended surfactant
      2. VOC Content: 5 grams per liter.
      3. pH Level:           Maximum of 10.0pH and non-hazardous waste per EPA.
      4. Scaling Resistance: 70% improvement, 50 cycles, ASTM C672  
      5. Freeze Thaw:          85% resistance improvement, ASTM C666
    2. Abrasion Resistance: 35% improvement, ASTM C779
    3. Chloride Ion Penetration: 95% resistant, AASHTO T 259/260

 

  • EQUIPMENT

 

  1. Equipment: Manufacturer recommended air-less sprayer meeting a maximum of 0.5 gallon per minute flow rate and operating pressure of up to 60 psi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART 3     EXECUTION

 

3.1    PREPARATION

 

  1. Pour and place concrete to required levelness and thickness requirements.  

 

  1. Determine square footage of surfaces to be finished and verify proper material quantities have been delivered to site. 

 

3.3    INSTALLATION

    1. Spray-apply directly to concrete surface during finishing process in accordance with manufacturers recommendations and the following:
    2. Interior Performance: 250 to 500 square feet per gallon
    3. Exterior Performance: 250 to 500 square feet per gallon
    4. Finishing Aid Only: 800 to 1000 square feet per gallon

 

  1. Maintain uniform coverage to provide manufacturer published performance properties.
    • FIELD QUALITY CONTROL
    1. Prevent overspray of material to adjacent equipment and construction materials.

3.5    PROTECTION

  1. Close areas to traffic until concrete has cured to allow walking foot traffic without marring surface.
  • END OF SECTION

1 review for DAY 1 Troweling Finishing Aid Colloidal Silica – Extend Fresh Concrete Workable Time

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    Day 1 is a concrete finishing aid by Solomon Colors, that should be on every Ready Mix job site. DAY1 FINISHING AID is a colloidal silica-based topical additive that makes concrete flatwork finishing easier and faster. It produces a better result and reduces the risk of a prematurely setting slab. Applied during floating and troweling, DAY1 increases cream, making for easier, better finishing and extended workable time under adverse conditions.v

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