Product Information
Surface treatment agent of horizontal construction joints


1. Description

Fig1: Schematic of treatment of concrete surface
with JOINT AEC JA-40Fig1: Schematic of treatment of concrete surface with JOINT ACE JA-40

The concrete work for a building cannot be completed in a single operation because there is a limit to the amount of such work that can be done at a particular time. Construction joints are therefore inevitable in concrete structures. Because fresh concrete is poured on hardened concrete, a perfect blend cannot be obtained between the two. The adhesive failure that occurs at the interface between the two is called a cold joint. Such cold joints are often the sources of degradation and deterioration in concrete structures, which makes their treatment imperative. Two approaches have been used in treating such joints. Either the laitance is removed by using a retarder or reinforcement rods are placed between the two sections of concrete. However, these methods present some challenges. JOINT ACE was developed in order to meet these challenges. Its a chemical agent that is used for the surface treatment of horizontal concrete joints. Its main ingredient is an acrylic polymer emulsion that contains ultrafine particles. The durability of the construction joint is enhanced by spraying this agent on the surface after pouring fresh concrete.

2. Advantages of JOINT ACE


JOINT ACE is a water-based treatment agent that can be stored safely. It can be easily applied with a typical sprinkling can or a manual or power sprayer. Unlike the method involving the removal of laitance with a retarder, the use of JOINT ACE does not require large equipment such as a high-pressure water jetting unit or sludge water sucker unit. It can therefore be used in response to unexpected construction needs. Moreover, since its application has no byproducts like sludge water, it can be used on sites with stringent environmental regulations.

Fig2: Results of accelerated carbonation test on a construction joint

Fig2: Results of accelerated carbonation test on a construction joint

Cylinder test pieces (φ100 mm) were prepared by core drilling into the construction joint.
Test conditions: Temp.20°C, humidity 60%, CO2 conc.5%. The test pieces were cleaved and colored with phenolphthalein.

Excellent Performance

When the treatment of a potential cold joint is insufficient, corrosive materials such as chlorides, carbon dioxide, and acids gain entry. Such materials corrode the concrete reinforcement, leading to the deterioration of the structure. Moreover, they cause efflorescence and frosting, which also result in the surface deterioration of the concrete. JOINT ACE has a chemical structure that creates an affinity for cement and facilitates bonding at a construction joint. When properly applied, it improves the durability of the construction joint.

Fig3: Results of flexural strength test to evaluate bonding

Fig3: Results of flexural strength test to evaluate bonding

Test pieces (600 × 150 × 150 mm) were prepared and cured for six months. The strengths of the test pieces were measured by a three-point flexural test. The strength without a Construction joint was set at “100” and each result was standardized. They are presented as an index.


Since only a prescribed and undiluted amount of JOINT ACE is required to be sprayed on the concrete surface, its performance is practically independent of the skill of the user. Moreover, it does not adversely affect the adhesion of the reinforcement to the concrete and can be applied to structures with heavy reinforcement, such as required by earthquake resistance standards. It produces stable bonding at the construction joints, even in cases where the removal of laitance would be ineffective.

Fig4: Effect on reinforcement

Fig4: Effect on reinforcement

Outdoor exposure for three months

3. Notes on Use

  • Since JOINT ACE is applied to the surface of concrete with a smooth finish, the shear strength of the construction joint tends to act downward. Moreover, the agent is not recommended for use on nonreinforced concrete. If it is to be used on an embossed concrete surface or in similar circumstances, necessary performance tests should first be carried out.
  • Owing to environmental factors such as exposure to direct sunlight or strong winds, a resin film formed by the accumulation of JOINT ACE might appear on the surface of the concrete the day after the treatment agent is sprayed. Such can be removed by, for example, shot blasting, after which the agent is re-sprayed.
  • When the concrete mixture contains a large proportion of cement, as is the case of high-strength concrete and fly ash concrete, JOINT ACE tends to penetrate downward. It is also important to carry out performance tests in advance to determine the optimum amount of treatment agent to be used.
  • JOINT ACE should not be applied to concrete that is at a temperature below 0°C.

4. Application Instructions
( See the standard construction process of JOINT ACE JA-40 )

Fig5-1: Pouring the concrete1

1) Pouring the concrete

Fresh concrete is poured, carefully compacted with a vibrator, and finished as usual.

Fig5-2: Pouring the concretel

2) Preparing the treatment agent

Undiluted JOINT ACE is poured into a typical sprinkling can or sprayer. The equipment must be clean and free from previously contained materials.

Fig5-3: Pouring the concretel

3) Applying the treatment agent

JOINT ACE is sprayed onto the concrete surface. Spraying can commence when the concrete bleed water on the surface begins to dry. Excessive bleed water that accumulates in recesses on the surface should first be removed by absorption with a cloth or some other means. The application of the treatment agent should be uniform and approximately 300 g/m2. The spraying equipment should be thoroughly cleaned with water immediately after use, since the agent is difficult to remove once dried.

4) Curing the treated surface

Since freshly applied JOINT ACE can be washed out by rainwater, preventive measures such as covering with a sheet should be taken. An interval of above 24 h after the surface treatment is recommended before the next section of fresh concrete is poured.

Fig5-4: Pouring the concretel

5) Pouring the next section of fresh concrete

The treated surface should be checked before the next section of fresh concrete is poured. Sufficient compaction of the fresh concrete should be done to avoid the usual problem of formation of honeycombs.

5. Technical Information

Specific Gravity (at 25°C) 0.9-1.1 Fig6: JOINT ACE image
Flash Point Not given
pH (undiluted solution at 25°C) 6-8
Viscosity (undiluted solution at 25°C) <100 mPa·s

6. Package

JOINT ACE comes in 18-kg cans, each of which is sufficient for treating about 60 m2 of concrete.

7. Storage

Direct exposure of JOINT ACE to sunlight should be avoided. It should be stored in a well-ventilated room at about 5-35°C with the tin can tightly closed.

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