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Surface Deactivator

Color: Red
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


  • Controlled, repeatable exposure depth
  • Available in 10 predetermined depths
  • Exposure depths numbered and color coded
  • Extended exposure time and reliability
  • High performance coverage rate
  • Vibrant visual coverage control, non-staining
  • Performs in hot and cold conditions
  • Film forming and quick drying
  • Polymer film reduces moisture loss
  • Protects fresh concrete against light rain
  • Solvent-free, water-soluble
  • VOC Compliant


For questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us online, or call us directly here at (248) 348-8864.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday: 7am-5pm

Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED


*All items are subject to availability. We will make our best efforts to inform you as soon as possible if the goods you have ordered are not available or if shipment may be delayed. All prices are subject to change without notification.

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