Five Money Saving Tips From Cresset Chemical
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Dear Jim,

Our research shows that many concrete production teams can benefit from a better understanding how release agents work and the differences in the types of form release agents and form treatments on the market.  Knowing which product to use and how to apply it can produce better looking concrete and reduce production costs.  

Here are some time-tested, money-saving tips everyone can use to achieve attractive concrete surfaces! 
  1. Use less release agent on your forms

All form release agents are not created equal. With a “chemically-reactive” form release agent, you need less than half the amount of product than with standard barrier-type form oils. Every form release agent Cresset makes is chemically-reactive which creates separation between the form and the wet concrete at the molecular level. This results in better looking concrete surfaces, fewer imperfections and cleaner forms. You will save money by using less product per application, reduce the wear and tear on your forms and minimize clean-up time!

  1. Train the people who are applying form release on your forms

Most untrained first-timers spray form release on concrete forms like they’re watering the garden because they think that more is better. In reality, using too much release agent and inconsistent coverage wastes money and can actually create unwanted bugholes! Showing Cresset’s free eight minute training video to your production team will save you money. The video is available on YouTube at and also available on CD from Cresset.


  1. Don’t settle for release agents made from used oil

Read the ingredient label… Many form release agents on the market use so-called “reformulated” or “remanufactured” oils as a main ingredient. That’s a fancy way of saying that they’re selling you previously used oil to put on your forms. It may cost a bit less but you can end up with stains on your fresh concrete and inconsistent separation from the form. At Cresset, we use 100% virgin ingredients in every form release agent we sell assuring that you’ll avoid problems and get consistent results every time.


  1. Protect your concrete equipment with Spatter-Cote®

Cresset’s Spatter-Cote line works just like a cooking spray on your frying pan. If you don’t want your eggs to stick, you spray the pan first. It’s the same concept with Spatter-Cote. Spray your screeds, pump trucks, paving equipment, mixers and concrete tools with this eco-friendly treatment before the job and just hose off the dried concrete afterwards. Concrete professionals and equipment rental companies around the world are saving time & money with Spatter-Cote.


  1. Know your federal, state and local VOC regulations

Environmental regulations are getting stricter all the time. Nineteen states and many cities, regions and all of Canada now have limits for construction chemicals far tougher than the EPA standards and diesel fuel can’t be legally used anywhere as a release agent. Don’t take chances with costly fines by using the wrong form release agent. If you’re not sure, check with your state environmental agency or ask your Cresset representative.


Feel free to share these tips with your industry friends….

If you would like one of our technical representatives to visit with you and your operations team to demonstrate the recommended application techniques, please write me back and we’ll arrange a visit. 

Application instructions, specification sheets, high definition images and additional product literature is available on our website at  If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information about Cresset products and/or locations to buy Cresset products, write me back or call us at 800-367-2020.
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Jim Renda
Vice-President, Sales & Marketing