Lythic tests, unveils troweling aid

Day1, a new type of troweling aid and curing agent from Lythic Solutions, extends concrete finishing time and reduces surface drying. The product’s performance has been verified in tests performed at Middle Tennessee State University by staff and students of MTSU’s Concrete Industry Management Program.

Day1 is applied to the slab in small quantities during troweling and allows the finisher to close the slab more easily without needing to add water to the surface. Day1 inhibits drying due to heat, wind or other adverse conditions and does not weaken the concrete. The current test series may prove that, in fact, Day1 actually strengthens the surface.

Based on ecofriendly colloidal silica, Day1 is a liquid that is sprayed in small quantities onto the concrete during finishing. Day1 chemically reacts with the concrete to close the pore structure, which slows evaporation. It also lubricates troweling — when Day1 was sprayed on during the MTSU test, the power trowel could be heard speeding up.

Day1 is packaged as a concentrate.

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