For indoor and outdoor projects, many people choose stamped concrete. With stamping, you end up with a concrete surface that appears as genuine stone, brick, tile, marble, hardwood, and so on.
Regardless of the texture you prefer, it is important to use a high-quality concrete release agent. Available in liquid and powdered form, the agent offers two key benefits. First, it prevents the stamping skins and mats used to create the desired design from sticking to the concrete surface. If sticking occurs, the texture would be damaged. Second, it is formulated to enhance dry-shake or integral color, creating an antiqued aesthetic.
One of the best products on the market is offered by Concrete Countertop Solutions. Z Powder Release prevents fresh concrete from adhering to texturing or stamping mats. Whether used with integrally colored or plain concrete, the results will exceed your expectations. Z Powder Release comes in 14 gorgeous colors that can be used alone or with various other colors to create the desired effect.
For an ombre effect, the contractor would first apply a dark-colored concrete release agent, like slate, followed by lighter colors, such as battleship and then ash. The finished project absolutely stunning.
Safe Use of a Concrete Release Agent
Some products can be used by the do-it-yourselfer and, this and other concrete release agent products should be handled carefully. Especially in powdered form, the agent creates fine airborne particulates when dusted over a concrete surface. Because of this, you should always wear protective clothing and gear. Use sheeting to prevent colored dust from damaging nearby buildings, other concrete surfaces, and even landscaping.