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Surecrete XS Precast Concrete Mix: 50 lb bag of White or Gray, high strength mix. Add 1 gallon of acrylic modifier into each bag, and that's it! No other adding ingredients or measuring out material and mess. Add Color Packs if desired to integrally color the concrete. Can be poured as thin as 1/2" or as thick as 1.5". Cures in 6 hours!
Coverage 50 lb bag = approx 9.8 square foot @ 1/2″, 7.2 square foot @ 3/4″ or roughly 0.43 cubic foot. Mixing Ratio: 1 gal XS Modifier to 50 lb XS Precast (and up to 16 oz additional water) Density 126.1 lbs/cubic foot Compressive Strength ASTM C-170: 10,567 PSI Concrete Counter Top Mix Flexural Strength ASTM C-880: 1,464 PSI
SureCrete’s XS Precast is aconcrete countertop & furniture mix,easy to use- making it the best commercial gradecement countertop mixpre-blended formula in the industry. Our dual component high strength precast concrete countertop mix greatly reduces the materials and labor typically required. With no reinforcement needed, thinner precast pieces are used, and quicker production times are accomplished with high strengths. Being a stronger, denser, and more flexible cement composite, ourcasting mixis created by combining cutting-edge technology with modern fiber advancements. With a wide range of color and texture selections along with the addition of optional aggregate loading (up to 10 lbs. per bag), design considerations are nearly limitless. Surecrete Design Products concrete bendable concrete mix “XS Precast” produces concrete countertops kitchen,fireplace mantles, and facades,shower surrounds,wall panels, furniture and many other architectural elements.
Surecrete Design Productsconcrete countertop mixis user-friendly with very little “extra procedures” needed to accomplish beautiful and sound concrete countertop, XS Precast mix can be used by anyone, whether you are a do-it-yourself homeowner looking to make a particular countertop DIY style, improve your patio or outdoor kitchen, or a seasoned concrete casting professional. We think everyone is entitled to a beautiful kitchen high strength concrete countertop or bathroom vanity. We will help you design your counter or vanity at a fraction of the cost of typical granite or sile-stone pieces. XS Precast is available in a white cement formula and can be colored accordingly, and in a gray cement formula..
ALTHOUGH XTREME SERIES PRECAST WAS DESIGNED AS A CONCRETE COUNTERTOP MIX, HERE ARE SOME OTHER APPLICATIONS:
Residential Kitchen Counters
Coffee Tables Builds
Dining Room & Breakfast Tables
Bath Vanity Tops
Integrated Concrete Kitchen Sinks
Stand-alone bath tubs
Shower Wall Panels
Custom Floor Tiles
Service Industry Bars
HOW DO USE SURECRETE XS PRECAST CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS MIX?
Xtreme Series Precast makes just about any concrete casting project simple:
In a 5-gallon bucket, pour XS Modifier and any powder colorants you want to use to integrally color your mix and mix thoroughly, slowly adding the XS Precast dry contents from the bag.
In an upside-down, reversed mold on a flat surface (typically Melamine or a similar material is used as a base), simply pour in your freshly mixed XS Precast to desired thickness.
Be sure to use gloves, and use your hands to push material around inside the mold to verify that there are no air pockets or voids.
In warm weather, allow 4-6 hours before removing from the mold (in frigid temperatures or for a very thick pour, allow to set overnight).
Once de-molded, use SCR, diluted at 3:1 with water, to clean your new surface.
If there are any small pinholes in your surface, use a Slurry mix to fill.
If you desire any additional countertop color or accents, now would be the time to apply an acid or water-based stain a creative natural look.
Your new XS Precast surface is now ready to receive a coat of sealer and be finished! Congrats on your newly cast concrete surface!
HOW ARE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS MADE?
Answer:Concrete countertops are poured using a mold. This is done by first making a template of the desired location where the countertop will be installed.
HOW THIN CAN CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS BE?
Answer:No less than 1/2" using XS-Precast concrete mix.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO LEAVE XS PRECAST CONCRETE POURED IN THE MOLD?
Answer:In most climates, 4-6 hours is sufficient.
CAN I USE XS PRECAST IN A POURING CONCRETE IN PLACE?
Answer:Yes. It flows just as nicely into a “pour in place” mold as it does a precast. Just make sure you can trowel the surface smooth and de-mold it in the proper time frame.
CAN I GRIND AND POLISH XS PRECAST?
Answer: Yes, just remember that if you still want to apply a sealer, we don’t suggest going any further than 200-400 grit.
CAN I PUT AGGREGATE IN XS PRECAST?
Answer:Yes, but only up to 10 lbs per bag. If you want to load a higher quartz or aggregate percentage per bag, try using our XS Terrazzo mix instead.
CAN I USE XS PRECAST OUTSIDE? WILL THE PIECES I MAKE FREEZE AND BREAK?
Answer: You most definitely can use XS Precast concrete counter top mix outdoors. There is no fear of the pieces becoming brittle and breaking, even in freezing temperatures due to its extremely dense properties, and it’s ability to flex during the normal thawing process
Step by Step how to use Surecrete’s XS-Precast Mix:
STEP 1: COUNTER TOP LAYOUT AND PLANNING
When building counter tops, as with any construction project, planning is the most important step! Since every counter top design is different, your template needs to be extremely precise. So take your time with this step. Measure twice, pour once! Sometimes it is better to have someone else look at this and double check your measurements.
STEP 2: LAYING OUT THE COUNTER TOP TEMPLATE
Start building your countertop or furniture template mold using a form material such as melamine. Remember that you will be casting “upside-down” so make sure your measurements translate correctly (casting mold reversed)! Silicone any corners and create a nice tight radius using one of our Caulking Tools. Clean up and excess silicone prior to the next step.
STEP 3: MIXING YOUR COUNTER TOP MIX AND CONCRETE POURED
Once you have your countertop mold set up and on a completely level casting surface, it’s time to mix theconcrete countertop mix. The first thing you want to do is pour the pre-measured 1-gallon liquid solution we call “modifier” into a clean 5 gallon mixing bucket. Now it is time to add your preferred color mix (see pictures below) with a mixer until well blended. This will ensure that your color will be consistent in your final counter top. Now slowly add in the 50-pound pre-blended concrete mix with a mechanical mixer until you get the consistency of the mix you’re looking for. In most cases, you will want it to look like thick pancake batter, thick but able to pour. If too thick, you could add additional water if necessary while mixing. (up to 16 ounces)
STEP 4: POURING CONCRETE COUNTER MIX AND ADDING DESIRED TEXTURE
Once your mix is the right consistency, it is time to start pouring into your mold, making sure to get it into every corner so as to not allow air-holes to form. When pouring the countertop mix, if using the veining technique, pour XS Precast to the edge of your first “vein” and then apply veining material (blended Slurry Mix and powder cement pigment) along the desired edge, then clean any excess veining material with light air or vacuum. Then finish pouring your mix material into your mold until it is to the top of the form. NOTE: Once your mold is full poured, gently “pat” the mix lightly to make sure no air pockets form underneath and get trapped. There is no need to use a vibrating table with this mix.
STEP 5: DE-MOLDING AND CLEANING YOU CEMENT COUNTERTOP
In most cases, your pour counter top can be de-molded after only 4 to 6 hours, depending on the size of your top this step may require two or more people. Carefully remove the sides to your forms. Gently tilt your piece in a manner that does not cause flex in the concrete (similar to granite or glass). Place your cast piece on top of some of your form side pieces, or pieces of foam, to ensure breath-ability of the counter while finishing. Clean the top of your top using diluted SCR (Super Concrete Renovator). Rinse thoroughly and wipe clean.
STEP 6: SEALING YOUR COUNTER
When looking for a more natural look and design, XS-327 is the ideal choice for sealing the surface. It's a water-based (no VOC/odor) and a food safe sealer that is very durable, virtually stain proof, and very scratch resistant. See the TDS for XS-327 for specific mixing and application instructions, Here are the basic instructions when applying this sealer: First coat should be implemented at a 7:1 water to sealer ratio. You should thoroughly saturate the piece until no more product can be absorbed, then remove all excess material by back rolling with very light pressure to get a consistent even coating. The following two coats should be applied at a mixing ratio of 2:1 water to the sealer. As with the first layer, work XS-327 vigorously into the surface helping the counter absorb as much of the sealer as possible. Once applied thoroughly, back roll the sealer gently with little to no pressure on your roller to ensure no sealer marks show up later. Please keep in mind you can always get a polished look if these coats are applied evenly, just like concrete floors.
STEP 7: INSTALL YOUR NEW CONCRETE COUNTERTOP
Congratulations! You are almost done. The installation will vary greatly depending on the size of the concrete counter top you have cast and the way your kitchen is designed, but installation is typically very simple. Again, depending on the size of your countertop, two or more people may be required for installation to ensure that your countertop does not break when installing. Any seams can be joined with colored epoxy or an equivalent product of your choosing. Concrete Countertops that are sealed properly are extremely low maintenance and very durable, so now just sit back and enjoy your creation!