Cemcraft PXR-Max - High-Range Water Reducing Superplasticiser - 500ml
Cemcraft PXR-Max - High-Range Water Reducing Superplacticiser - 500ml
Cemcraft PXR-Max is a new generation superplasticizer – high range water reducer, based on modified polycarboxylate. It is specifically for use if you are using additives such as Microsilica or AR Glass Fibres in Glass Fibre Reinforced Concrete - either of these materials will make the concrete very stiff and hard to work. If you plan on using one of the materials as a part of your concrete then you should be using Cemcraft's PXR-Max.
A Water Reducing Plasticiser 'does exactly what it says on the tin'. While concrete requires water to activate the powdered cement and turn it into a glue - too much water in a mix causes a number of problems. It's not unusual to see someone add 'a little' extra water to a mix to make it 'more workable'. However, if you add as little as six litres of water to a cubic metre of concrete you reduce the strength of that concrete dramatically. You also increase the amount of 'bleed water' - the excess water that rises to the surface of a slab poured in situ.
Either of these problems will cause problems when creating concrete worktops or decorative flooring. Cemcraft's PXR-Max is used as a substitute for that extra water, still giving you a workable mixture without the loss of strength. An additional benefit is that because it reduces the amount of water in a mixture, colours are more vivid, a distinct advantage when working with pigments. Additionally, it will give you a more stain resistant and denser concrete which will polish to a better finish.
Cemcraft PXR-Max is designed to be used in Concrete - It is NOT for use in Mortar, Render or Floor Screeds.
PXR-Max is a plasticiser which due to its specific formula results in an increased dispersion of the particles in concrete.
PXR-Max optimises the dosage of cement needed to be used to obtain a given compressive strength.
For an equivalent plasticity and after reducing the quantity of mixing water:
The concrete is denser,
There is reduced capillary action,
Depending on the dosage, there is an increase in compressive strength after 24 hours.
Cemcraft PXR-Max has water repellent properties and can therefore be used to reduce the permeability of the concrete.
Dosage: Use between 68ml and 675ml for every 25Kgs of powdered cement. A dosage of 225ml for every 25Kgs powdered cement is usually a good starting point.
Shelf Life - 18 months.
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