Care & Handling of Conform Panels

Care and handling

Proper care and handling on the jobsite can maximize the life of conform panels and ensure you get the number of pours you expect. Here are some tips:

  • Before first use, coat the panels with the proper form release agent. Arclin recommends Nox-Crete form releases (or equivalent).
  • Clean panels after each use with burlap or flat plastic or wood scrapers that won’t damage the face of the panel.
  • Reseal cut edges or exposed wood, at holes or openings, with two coats of a good quality, exterior edge sealer. (Arclin recommends Edge-Flex 645 or equivalent)
  • Store panels flat and keep them in a protected area before use.
  • Use rubber-tipped vibrators and avoid gouging the panels when vibrating concrete.
  • Use wood wedges, not metal bars or pries, to separate the form from the concrete.
  • When cutting panels, use carbide tip saw blades that are sharp. Make sure the saw is cutting into the overlay (cut with the overlay facing up, to minimize chipping).
  • For form fastening, wood screws are recommended. Pre-drill pilot holes for screws using “screw pilot drill bit” sized appropriately for screw size. These bits are tapered for drilling pilot holes and also countersink the hole to minimize any cracking around screws.
  • Avoid using nails as that may result in cracking of the panel face when the nails are set flush.
  • Ensure proper spacing to allow for panel expansion.
  • Use suitable tape or expandable caulk to seal panel joints.
  • When drilling, ensure all drill bits are well maintained and kept sharp, for drilling tie holes a spur point bit will work well.
  • Use a backing board when drilling panels for less splintering of the panel backs when the bits exit the panel.
  • In hot weather, clean and reapply form release as soon as possible. The form release application will help minimize dry-out of the panel face.
  • When stacking panels, ensure they are stacked face to face.
  • Follow the appropriate pour rate to keep avoid damaging the panel.
  • Lower the panels—don’t throw or drop them—to avoid damaging the edges and face.
  • Remove fasteners to prevent damage and warping.
  • Repair damaged areas with fast drying polyester, polyurethane or epoxy patching materials

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