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Creating the best conform panel requires technical know-how, and sometimes, a little collaboration.

From the manufacture of conform overlays to the production of the panels, Arclin and its customers have one goal: To ensure the end-use customer is satisfied with the product and the resulting concrete finish.

Arclin EPIC® Overlays for Concrete Forming:

High Alkaline Overlays resist the high alkaline content found in many newer concrete mixes — and they can withstand more pours than many of their predecessors, if used properly. The more care that’s taken with the panel the more pours it will yield.

The same chemistries that enable HAO to perform with these harsh additives mean that it requires a bit more care to make it last. So how do you make the best use of Arclin’s EPIC® HAO?

  • Predrill.  The same polymer that makes HAO tough makes it slightly more brittle than other overlays. Predrilling before nailing or screwing in the panel reduces the chance of damaging it.
  • Handle with care. If scraping is required, Arclin recommends using non-metal tools to scrape and clean the surface of HAO between uses.
  • Sharpen tools. Make sure drill bits, nails, screws and other tools are clean and sharp before using them on HAO, to minimize chances of fracturing or chipping the overlay.
  • Use the right release agent. Use a chemically active release agent (Nox-Crete or equivalent) instead of just an oil or barrier coating. The right release agent makes cleaning easier.


Achieving the goal of producing a panel that performs requires that the panel manufacturer and Arclin work together to take into account such issues as:

  • The type of pressing equipment used.
  • Temperature, humidity and other environmental factors in the panel plant.
  • The quality and type of backing panel for the overlay.

The panel maker in turn must get answers from the end-user about what they need and expect, including:

  • How many reuses does the customer want from a panel?
  • Is the concrete high alkaline?
  • What concrete finish does the customer want? Smooth, architectural, brushed, etc?
  • What are the conditions on the jobsite? Tough weather and methods of storage can affect a panel’s life and performance

That need for collaboration to ensure the best possible results inspired Arclin to build a sales team that combines technical, sales and account support—so that customer and end-user needs are considered right along with logistics and quality control. “A consolidated approach ensures everything from manufacturing to delivery and downstream product performance are equally important ” says Arclin Technical Sales Manager Mike Bunn. “That makes us all part of a knowledgeable team, and Arclin offers a 24-7 support system ,” he says.

Enhancements to Arclin’s EPIC® suite of concrete forming overlays:

Base Paper 
Combines different types of
woods with both short and long fibers

Allows for uniform resin penetration
Paper gains strength and durability

Tougher in the field even in wet harsh conditions

Gives more consistent concrete finishes

Reduces separation or delamination

Offers easier release

Proprietary MD3000 resin more uniformly saturates the overlay base sheet Simplifies and speeds panel production

Creates stronger internal bonds

Offers greater durability even with high alkaline concrete mixes

Going Up!

Commercial construction is still rising—and taking demand for concrete with it



U.S. Census Bureau employment data shows that areas within a three-mile radius of city centers are increasing the number of jobs at a healthy clip, while job growth in suburban areas has begun to decline. And in those city centers, the only way to grow is up—in high-rise construction that often demands concrete.

There’s more driving the growth in concrete use than its long-standing usage for structural building. Some projections call for architectural concrete to see the fastest-growing demand through 2015, driven by the popularity of decorative facades and surface walls. Concrete floors are also growing in popularity, thanks to the many options available in color and surface textures.

Inside or out, in floors and walls, in commercial garages and upscale offices, concrete is going up.



Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts20152016
• Overall nonresidential building7.7%8.2%
• Commercial / industrial11.8% 10.4%
• Hotels15.3%10.4%
• Office buildings 12.9%11.5%
• Industrial facilities
• Retail 10.1%9.0%
• Institutional5.0%5.4%
• Amusement / recreation 9.1%5.3%
• Education 4.7%5.2%
• Healthcare facilities4.7%6.2%
• Public safety1.7%%3.6
• Religious1.2%3.6%

Source: AIA

Still Green

It may be gray, but concrete is proving its green credentials.

In the drive to achieve sustainability and reduce environmental impacts in construction, one of the oldest building materials is making a whole new name for itself: Concrete.

Concrete may not seem all that ‘green’ at first glance, but take a closer look at its advantages:

  • Concrete lasts. Just look at Rome’s Coliseum, still standing after more than 2,000 years.
  • Concrete’s thermal mass helps reduce energy use in buildings by minimizing temperature swings.
  • Waste materials such as fly ash and iron slag can be safely added to concrete to strengthen the mix and keep these materials out of landfills.
  • Concrete’s natural light color reflects heat during the day and reduces the need for exterior building lights at night.
  • Concrete is usually manufactured locally, reducing energy use in transporting building materials over long distances.

Banner ImageArclin’s EPIC® suite of concrete forming overlays have long set the standard for extending panel life and producing high quality finishes. But they do their part to keep concrete green, too. EPIC overlays last longer and perform better, creating less jobsite waste, reducing material usage and lowering labor costs. EPIC overlays can extend panel life from 5 -10 times for MDO and 10 – 20 times for HDO over the life of non-overlaid BB Plyform panels.

EPIC Overlays carry Arclin’s exclusive E-Gen® designation, reserved for products that are specifically engineered to meet or exceed existing product performance standards and to reduce manufacturing and downstream environmental impact.

Recently Arclin has devised a groundbreaking new resin system that strengthens panels and enhances durability and performance—even on the highest alkaline concrete mixes.

Arclin also enhanced its overlay base papers by combining a variety of wood fibers that stand up to moisture and tough weather without separating or delaminating

That means that panels carrying our EPIC overlays are tougher than ever, will last even longer and perform better, while continuing to reduce material waste and labor costs.

  • Arclin EPIC® Overlays for Concrete Forming:
  • Are available with FSC® chain of custody certification
  • May contribute to LEED Credits 2.1 and 2.2 for waste reduction and MR Credits 3.1 and 3.2 for material re-use
  • Cut materials costs by up to 64% and reduce jobsite waste
  • EPIC® Medium Density Overlay 3333 (MDO)
  • Enhanced alkalinity resistance and internal bond
  • For a smooth, matte concrete finish
  • Has the Arclin “cross-cut” advantage
  • EPIC® Enhanced Flow Medium Density Overlay 3369 (Natural Kraft) and 3379 (Green) (MDO)
  • Formulated with a high flow phenolic resin system for increased caustic resistance and reuse
  • For a smooth, matte concrete finish
  • Has the Arclin “Cross-Cut” advantage
  • EPIC® High Alkaline Overlay 2600 (HAO)
  • For aggressive, high alkaline concrete mix designs
  • Can provide semi- and high-gloss finish when combined with the appropriate substrate and pressing surface
  • EPIC® Coated Concrete Form Overlay 4098 (CCFO)
  • Coated with alkaline resistant phenolic resin for improved caustic resistance
  • Can provide high quality concrete finish when combined with the appropriate substrate and pressing surface
  • Has the Arclin “Cross-Cut” advantage
  • EPIC® High Density Overlay 2252/2253 (HDO)
  • Available with standard and premium resin contents
  • For smooth, low- and semi-gloss finishes
  • Can provide architectural finish when combined with the appropriate substrate and pressing surface