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RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System® Polished Concrete Surfaces
SECTION 03 35 00
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          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System®; polished concrete surfaces.
This section is based on the products of RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System®, which is located at:
1203 Spring Creek Pl.
Springville, UT 84663
Toll Free Tel: 800-998-5664
Tel: 801-489-5663
Fax: 801-489-3307
Email: request info
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The Ashford Formula, manufactured by Curecrete Chemical, Inc., was the first product to protect and seal concrete through the process of chemical densification. Unlike coatings or membranes that simply lie on top of the concrete and eventually wear off, the Ashford Formula penetrates the surface of the concrete and reacts chemically with it to produce a dense, harder, more stable surface. Ashford Formula locks in the salts in the concrete and completely eliminates annoying dust. The results are permanent, so no re-treatment is ever required.
The product is commonly specified for use in manufacturing plants, warehouse, exhibit halls, stadiums, retail facilities, and distribution centers. Environmentally friendly, odorless, water-based, nontoxic, and simple to apply. Now available worldwide. Learn more at
          PART 1GENERAL
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete items below not required for project.
          A.Sealer, hardener and polishing for cast-in-place concrete.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete any sections below not relevant to this project; add others as required.
          A.Section 03 30 00 - Cast-in-Place Concrete.
          B.Section 09 63 00 - Masonry Flooring.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete references from the list below that are not actually required by the text of the edited section.
          A.ASTM International (ASTM):
          1.ASTM C779: Standard Test Method for Abrasion Resistance of Horizontal Concrete Surfaces.
          2.ASTM G23-81: Ultraviolet Light and Water Spray.
          3.ASTM C805: Impact Strength.
          B.American Concrete Institute (ACI): ACI 302 1R-89 - Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction.
          A.Submit under provisions of Section 01 30 00 - Administrative Requirements.
          B.Product Data: Manufacturer's data sheets on each product to be used, including:
          1.Manufacturer's specifications and test data.
          2.Special concrete finishes describing product to be provided, giving manufacturer's name and product name for the specified material proposed to be provided under this section.
          3.Manufacturer's recommended installation procedures; which when approved by the Architect, will become the basis for accepting or rejecting actual installation procedures used on the work.
          4.Special concrete finishes technical data sheet giving descriptive data, curing time, and application requirements.
          5.Special concrete finishes manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and other safety requirements.
          C.Test Reports: Provide certified test reports, prepared by an independent testing laboratory, confirming compliance with specified performance criteria.
          A.Installer Qualifications:
          1.Use an experienced installer and adequate number of skilled workmen who are thoroughly trained and experienced in the necessary craft.
          2.Provide letter of certification from concrete finish manufacturer stating that installer is a certified applicator of special concrete finishes, and is familiar with proper procedures and installation requirements required by the manufacturer.
          3.Applicator shall be familiar with the specific requirements and the methods needed for proper performance of work of this Section.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Include a mock-up if the project size and/or quality warrant taking such a precaution. The following is one example of how a mock-up on a large project might be specified. When deciding on the extent of the mock-up, consider all the major different types of work on the project.
          B.Mock-Up: Provide a mock-up for evaluation of workmanship and appearance.
          1.Apply mock-ups of each type finish, to demonstrate typical joints, surface finish, color variation (if any), and standard of workmanship.
          a.Build mock-ups approximately 50 square feet (4.5 sq. m) in the location indicated or if not indicated, as directed by the Architect.
          b.Notify Architect seven days in advance of dates and times when mock-ups will be constructed.
          c.Obtain from the Architect approval of mock-ups before starting construction.
          d.If the Architect determines that mock-ups do not meet requirements, demolish and remove them from the site and cast others until mock-ups are approved.
          e.Maintain mock-ups during construction in an undisturbed condition as a standard for judging the completed work.
          f.Approved mock-ups may become part of the completed work if undisturbed at time of substantial completion.
          A.Store products in manufacturer's unopened packaging until ready for installation.
          B.Deliver materials in original containers, with seal's unbroken, bearing manufacturer labels indicating brand name and directions for storage.
          A.Provide manufacturer's 10 year limited warranty.
          PART 2PRODUCTS
          A.Acceptable Manufacturer: RetroPlate Concrete Polishing System®, which is located at: 1203 Spring Creek Pl.; Springville, UT 84663; Toll Free Tel: 800-998-5664; Tel: 801-489-5663; Fax: 801-489-3307; Email: request info; Web:
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete one of the following two paragraphs; coordinate with requirements of Division 1 section on product options and substitutions.
          B.Substitutions: Not permitted.
          C.Requests for substitutions will be considered in accordance with provisions of Section 01 60 00 - Product Requirements.
          A.Product: Retro Plate 99 by Ashford Formula, By Curecrete. Product shall be a chemical reactive concrete stabilizer which enhances the concrete density and hardness allowing the concrete to be finished to a high cosmetic marble like sheen. Nonflammable, water-based, nontoxic. Meets USDA and VOC compliance.
          ** NOTE TO SPECIFIER ** Delete finish levels not required.
          1.Finish: Level 1 - Hard-shell satin finish.
          2.Finish: Level 2 - Hard-shell medium sheen.
          3.Finish: Level 3 - Light reflective mirror finish.
          B.Performance Criteria:
          1.Abrasion Resistance: ASTM C779 - Up to 400 percent increase in abrasion resistance.
          2.Impact Strength: ASTM C805 - Up to 21 percent increase impact strength.
          3.Ultra Violet Light and Water Spray: ASTM G23 - No adverse effect to ultra violet and water spray.
          4.Reflectivity: Up to 30 percent increase in reflectivity.
          5.Co-efficient of Friction: All levels of finish to exceed OSHA and ADA recommendations for wet and dry hard surfaces.
          C.Neutralizing Agent: Tri-sodium phosphate.
          D.Water: Potable.
          A.Examine substrate, with installer present, for conditions affecting performance of finish. Correct conditions detrimental to timely and proper work. Do not proceed until unsatisfactory conditions are corrected.
          B.Verify that base slab meet finish and surface profile requirements in Division 3 Section Cast-In-Place Concrete.
          C.Prior to application, verify that floor surfaces are free of construction laitance.
          1.No satisfactory chemical or cleaning procedure is available to remove petroleum stains from the concrete surface. Prevention is therefore essential.
          a.All hydraulic powered equipment shall be diapered to avoid staining of the concrete.
          b.No trade shall park vehicles on the inside slab. If necessary to complete their scope of work, drop cloths shall be placed under vehicles at all times.
          c.No pipe cutting machine shall be used on the inside floor slab.
          d.Steel shall not be placed on interior slab to avoid rust staining.
          e.Acids and acidic detergents shall not come into contact with slab.
          f.All trades informed that the slab shall be protected at all times.
          B.Environmental Limitations:
          1.Comply with manufacturers written instructions for substrate temperature and moisture content, ambient temperature and humidity, ventilation, and other conditions affecting topping performance.
          a.Concrete Floor Flatness rating recommended at least 40, where possible.
          b.Concrete Floor Levelness rating recommended at least 30, where possible.
          c.Concrete shall be cured a minimum of 45 days or as directed by the manufacturer before application can begin.
          d.Application shall take place 10 days prior to installation of equipment and substantial completion, thus providing a complete, uninhibited concrete slab for application.
          C.Close areas to traffic during floor application and after application, for time period recommended in writing by manufacturer.
          A.Start of the floor finish applications shall be in the presence of manufacturer's technical representative.
          B.Follow manufacturer's installation instructions. Dispense special concrete finish material from factory numbered and sealed containers. Maintain record of container numbers.
          C.Sealing, Hardening and Polishing of Concrete Surface:
          1.Concrete shall be in place a minimum of 45 days or as directed by the manufacturer before application can begin.
          2.Application shall take place at least 10 days prior to racking and other in-store accessory installation, providing a complete, uninhibited concrete slab for application
          3.Applicable procedures shall be followed as recommended by the product manufacturer and as required to match approved test sample.
          4.Achieve waterproofing, hardening, dust-proofing, and abrasion resistance of the surface without changing the natural appearance of the concrete, except for the sheen.
          5.Polish to required sheen level.
          A.The premises shall be kept clean and free of debris at all times. Remove spatter from adjoining surfaces, as necessary. Repair damages to surface caused by cleaning operations.
          B.Remove debris from jobsite. Dispose of materials in separate, closed containers in accordance with local regulations.
          A.Protect finished work until fully cured in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.