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ColorHard

ColorHard is a premeasured color concentrate specifically formulated to mix with Consolideck LS to produce a ready-to-use color hardener that colors, hardens and densifies horizontal concrete in one easy step. Add 4-oz of Consolideck ColorHard to one gallon of LS to create a high-performance color hardener.

When combined with Consolideck LS, ColorHard decorates, dustproofs and improves the abrasion-resistance of concrete floors and exterior pavements. High-speed burnish color-hardened surfaces to an attractive luster, or treat them with the appropriate Consolideck protective treatment for added luster, enhanced color, improved stain protection or protection from damage caused by de-icing salts.



Product Data Sheet


PRODUCT DATASHEET
ColorHard liquid concentrate for mixing with Consolideck® LS® to produce ready-to-use color hardener
 
OVERVIEW
Consolideck® ColorHard is a premeasured color concentrate specially formulated to mix with Consolideck® LS® to produce a ready-to-use color hardener that colors, hardens and densifies horizontal concrete in one easy step. Add 4-oz of Consolideck® ColorHard to one gallon of LS® to create a high-performance color hardener.

When combined with Consolideck® LS®, ColorHard decorates, dustproofs and improves the abrasionresistance of concrete floors and exterior pavements.
High-speed burnish color-hardened surfaces to an attractive luster or treat them with the appropriate Consolideck® protective treatment for added luster,
enhanced color, improved stain protection or protection from damage caused by de-icing salts.

Consolideck® ColorHard color concentrates are available in 21 vibrant hues which can be used alone or in combinations for an unlimited range of shades, tints and artistic effects. Most ColorHard colors are suitable for interior or exterior applications. See the Placement Chart on page 2 for details.

Supplied as a color concentrate, water-based, environmentally responsible ColorHard minimizes freight, handling, storage and container disposal costs.

ADVANTAGES
  • Water-based, environmentally responsible ColorHard saves time, reduces waste and eliminates hazards associated with corrosiveacid stains or highly flammable solventreduced dyes.  
  • Vibrant colors change gray or white concrete into abrasion-resistant, dust-proof, colorful, decorative concrete.
  • Great for any-age trowel-finished, ground or textured concrete.
  • May be used over integrally colored concrete, shake-on color hardeners,  acid-stained concrete or concrete colored with solvent-reduced dyes.
  • VOC Compliant. Non-flammable. Non-toxic. Non-corrosive. Low odor. Suitable for use in occupied spaces. 
  • Will not peel or flake.
  • Contains no harmful acids. Will not etch concrete or corrode nearby metals. No need to neutralize.
  • Layer or blend prepared colors to create unlimited color and design variations.
  • Two coats increase color intensity and may partially mask surface imperfections.
  • Ideal for use alone or under any Consolideck® protective treatment.
  • Easy application with low-pressure spray and push broom or microfiber pad.
Limitations
• ColorHard floors require protective treatments. See “Sealing” section for details.
• Consolideck® ColorHard is translucent. It may not hide or mask variations in the concrete.
• Some colors are intended for interior use only.  See Placement Chart, page 2.
• Not for surfaces exposed to standing water.
• Not for concrete floors polished higher than the equivalent of #200 grit resin bond diamonds.  Use Consolideck® GemTone Stains for highly polished interior concrete floors.

Specifications
For all PROSOCO product specifications visit www.prosoco.com and click on “SpecBuilder” or “Solution Finder.“

Regulatory Compliance
VOC Compliance
Consolideck® ColorHard is compliant with the following national, state and district AIM VOC regulations
  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Air Resources Board SCM Districts 
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • Maricopa County, AZ 
  • Northeast Ozone Transport Commission
Typical technical data

FORM

colored liquid concentrate

SPECIFIC GRAVITY

1.2 - 2.0

pH

6.5 - 9.5

WT/GAL

10 - 16.5 lbs

ACTIVE CONTENT

50-70%

TOTAL SOLIDS

50-70%

VOC CONTENT

< 100 g/L as used

FLASH POINT

ND

FREEZE POINT

32°F (0°C)

SHELF LIFE

1 year in tightly sealed, unopened container


PREPARATION
Protect people, vehicles, property and any surface not to be treated from contact with the product or over spray. Use polyethylene or other proven protective material. Avoid duct tape or other masking materials that leave adhesive residues which inhibit penetration of the color hardener.

To ensure penetration and reaction of color hardeners, the concrete surface must be clean and dry. Contaminants may prevent penetration of ColorHard, leaving excess pigment on the surface.

Remove curing compounds and other contaminants using the appropriate Consolideck® surface preparation cleaner. Visit www.consolideck.com or
call Technical Customer Care toll-free (800-255-4255) for recommendations on specific conditions.

Ground Concrete: Grind starting with #50 grit (or lower) metal bond diamonds. Smooth and level the floor to achieve the desired finish. Do not exceed #200 grit resin bond diamonds before application. Do not grind or polish after applying ColorHard.

Exterior Trowel-Finished or Broom-Finished
Concrete: Remove any curing compounds using Consolideck® Wax & Cure Remover or Published shelf life assumes storage of unopened ColorHard in a dry place. Maintain temperature of 45–100°F (7–38°C). Keep from freezing. Do not crush or tear. Dispose of unused product and container in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

PLACEMENT CHART
Interior/Exterior Colors

Amber
Blue Stone
Bronze
Brown Stone
Caribbean Blue
Concrete Gray
Desert Sand
Espresso
Georgia Clay
Graphite
Light Roast
Mocha
Black
White

Interior Only Colors

Copper Patina
Emerald
Painted Desert
Red Rock
Rose Quartz
Serpentine
Welsh Slate
Cure & Seal Remover. Clean the concrete with Consolideck® SafEtch® to open the surface pores and ensure more uniform coloring.

After cleaning, lightly spray random areas of the floor or pavement with clean water. If surface does not wet uniformly, more prep is needed.

Remove dust and debris using a floor scrubbing machine and fresh water. A low-pressure power washer may be used on textured or exterior
surfaces. Let wet surfaces dry.

Protect new concrete from all construction activities before color-hardening. Do not store building materials on newly placed concrete
surfaces. Prevent standing water.

Concrete recently treated with a penetrating water repellent or “salt screen” may not accept ColorHard. Always test.

Surface and Air Temperatures
For best results maintain consistent air flow and surface temperatures during application. Surface and air temperatures should be 50–90°F (10–32°C).

Equipment
Use a clean, low-pressure sprayer with a fine, conical spray pattern. Wear “spiked” shoes when walking in wet ColorHard. On smooth surfaces, spread the mixed color
hardener with a clean microfiber pad. Use brushes, rollers or rags for artistic effects.
On heavily textured surfaces, spread the color hardener with a clean brush or soft push broom.

Storage and Handling
Store in a cool, dry place. Once opened, use entire contents of ColorHard 4-oz package per 1 gallon of Consolideck® LS®. Apply within 24-hours.

Over spray and spills may be difficult or impossible to remove. Protect surfaces not set for coloring with plastic during mixing and application

ALWAY S TEST
a small area of each surface to confirm suitability and desired results before
starting overall application. Test with the same equipment, recommended surface preparation and application procedures planned for general application.

Published shelf life assumes storage of unopened ColorHard in a dry place. Maintain temperature of 45–100°F (7–38°C). Keep from freezing.  Do not crush or tear. Dispose of unused product and container in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.

APPLICATION
Visit www.consolideck.com for the most up-todate application procedures and tips.

Before use, read “Preparation” and “Safety Information.” ALWAYS TEST each surface beforeoverall application. Use the following application instructions. Let the surface dry well before inspection. 

Floor composition and finish affect final color.  Include representative imperfections in the test area to assess impact on the color-hardened concrete floor. Two coats of ColorHard may help mask variations. Use solid color GemTone ColorCoat if additional hide is required.

Mixing Instructions
Consolideck® ColorHard color concentrate must be mixed with Consolideck® LS® before application.  Mix one 4-oz package with 1-gallon of LS® to make ready-to-use color hardener. Mix well before and during each use. Apply within 24 hours. 

To reduce color intensity, add more LS® or mix with Consolideck® LS/CS®.

To increase color intensity, apply two coats of prepared ColorHard.

Prepared ColorHard colors may be blended or layered for unlimited colors and effects. Only blend prepared color hardeners. Do not blend color concentrates



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