Cast stone veneer

Improving Production Efficiency, Quality and Costs for Stone Veneer and Concrete

Manufactured stone veneers are replicas of natural stones used for commercial and residential construction and remodeling. Pieces are cast in flexible molds and hand colored with various pigments. The process begins with hand-selected stones chosen for their natural beauty and functionality. A mold is then cast of the natural stone from various flexible substrates such as polyurethane or latex. Lightweight aggregates and pigments are poured in to the stone veneer molds, allowed to set, and then de-molded to make the finished product.

Mold life and part de-molding are points of critical performance for concrete and stone veneer manufacturing. These are aspects of the process where Chem-Trend’s concrete mold release products can significantly improve productivity and piece quality, thus enhancing your bottom line. The Chem-Trend brand of mold release agents provide a competitive advantage to the largest and smallest organizations alike with water-based release agent solutions that can maximize productivity while meeting the most demanding specifications and operating conditions. Chem-Trend understands the extremely harsh effects of concrete on flexible substrate molds and has developed its release agents for architectural concrete and stone veneer manufacturers to provide:

  • Extended service life of flexible molds
  • Optimal pigment transfer and color appearance
  • Improved release ease
  • Highly dilutable water-based materials
  • Cleaner, safer environments
  • Low/No VOC for LEED approval
  • Higher quality parts
  • Less downtime
  • Lower scrap rates
  • Cleaner molds

Chem-Trend understands that the goal of stone veneer manufacturers is to make pieces that look and feel real. That is why our mold release agents for creating master molds are designed to assure that every detail from the stone master is transferred to the mold. Our release agents then ensure that the detail created in the mold is transferred to the finished part, creating a real stone look with every stone veneer. Chem-Trend’s mold release agents also help guarantee that the pigment is efficiently transferred to the veneer, further improving that real stone look.

When customers purchase Chem-Trend mold release agents, they also gain access to a worldwide support network of industry professionals committed to providing the right product for their application. We make our global expertise available locally to customers through our sales, technical and support professionals. Our production facilities use leading development, testing and production equipment and processes to assure consistent batch-to-batch products. Do you have a unique application that requires something more? Chem-Trend can custom-formulate products to meet your unique needs.

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Common Questions:

  • Are low or zero VOC release agents available in the market?

    There are some concrete release agents that are low or zero VOC. This needs to be investigated when discussing the characteristics and attributes of different release agents with potential suppliers.

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