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Release Agents

Cresset Crete-Lease® Release Agents give you the quickest, most economical way to produce high visual impact concrete and specify the surface you want before you pour.

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Form Treatments

Cresset offers several “unique” Form Treatment products that help precasters and contractors address the HUGE waste of operation expenses from “non-revenue” generating labor to keep forms and equipment in working order.

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Cures and Seals

Cresset’s water-based Cure & Seals are solventless, non-toxic, and non-flammable.  All meet ASTM 309 and AASHTO M 148.   All are Type 1 or Type 1-D (Class B) curing compounds for fresh concrete, and exceed California SCAQMD VOC rule 113.

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Cresset Chemical

America’s Most Preferred Brand of Architectural Release Agents!

For over 75 years, Cresset® Chemical Company has been an innovative leader in developing, distributing, and servicing site-cast and precast Release Agents, Curing Compounds, Sealers, and other products for the concrete construction industry.  At the core of our competency are superior-looking surfaces − but we go beyond the surface to meet the complexity in today’s environmental landscape.  Cresset is driven to continually evolve its New Chemistry “Green” array of products to responsibly and safely meet your production, environmental, and OSHA requirements.

Formulated from high grade materials to produce consistent, predictable results − each Cresset product excels in specific applications and comes with a limited warranty.  Cresset serves the concrete industry via an integrated distribution network spanning the USA, Canada, and selected locations worldwide.

Cresset Concrete Standards (CCS Guide)

Can release agents affect the appearance of concrete? They certainly can! It’s important to choose the correct release agent for the desired surface and apply it according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Using right release agent for the project can effect the number of bugholes and other surface imperfections and avoid staining and discoloration.

The Cresset Concrete Standards Guide is our copyrighted photographic guide to help you specify high quality, architectural concrete surfaces. The CCS system fills the need for consistent, uniform descriptions of concrete surfaces. Use it to get the owner, architect/engineer, and contractor talking about the same thing. Just use CCS with a camera phone to remotely verify the visual impact of a hardened concrete surface.

The CCS Guide can be invaluable when writing contract documents and specifications. Use CCS to indicate the quality expectation for each concrete surface in a project, by specifying the CCS Number and providing the CCS visual reference.
A free one-page pdf of the Cresset Concrete Standards Guide is available for download.

Which release agent is recommended for your project?

Release Agents, form oils, form releasers, demoulding agents or parting agents are interchangeable names for materials that allow you to separate forms from hardened concrete.


What are “Release Agents?” How do they work?

Cresset Crete-Lease® Release Agents give you the quickest, most economical way to produce high visual impact concrete and specify the surface you want before you pour.


Where to buy

Cresset products are carried by many concrete supply stores and construction distribution centers throughout the United States and Canada.

The Cresset-Release Advantage:

A myriad of structural, architectural, and specific-purpose job applications rely on Cresset’s complete line of eco-responsible chemical release agent products for the highest impact aesthetic results.  Crete-Lease® spearheads this line that is designed and engineered with virgin materials to meet the most demanding aesthetic, environmental, LEED, and traditional needs.  Additionally, we offer the economy blend Super-Strip® line. 

Quite simply, Cresset products release forms easily for a unique, eco-friendly, aesthetic advantage.