EFCO Formwork Care Guide

Helping you protect your formwork investment

The concrete industry is constantly evolving with new products and technologies, and for decades, EFCO has innovated new ways to solve challenges facing concrete construction professionals worldwide. Our highly engineered concrete forming and shoring equipment meet the highest standards in safety, improving efficiency and protecting your budget. In our partnership with Nox-Crete Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative concrete chemical solutions, we have brought you various products to help keep your formwork performing and looking their best.



Proprietary high-performance corrosion preventative coating for EFCO steel formwork
  • Sold in 5-gallon pails and 55-gallon drums
  • Applied in EFCO manufacturing facilities to all EFCO face sheet products; also available for contractor in-yard applications
  • Protects EFCO forms during storage and transit from corrosion for up to six months
  • Works by creating an insoluble, protective film
  • Provides optimum rain and saltwater corrosion resistance
  • Applied at a rate of 2,000 – 2,600 sf / gal (50 – 65 sm / L)

* EFCO FORM GUARD and debris that accumulate on the coating may require removal using NOX-CRETE BIO-CLEAN READY 6 before EFCO FORM RELEASE installation.

EFCO FORM GUARD on a steel face sheet



General purpose formwork release agent with built-in steel formwork protectant
  • VOC compliant in all states, except the California SCAQMD district
  • Must be applied between each pour by the contractor
  • Applied using conventional application methods. Spray application recommended
    • The application rate for steel is 1,200 – 1,500 sf/gallon (30-37.5sm/L) when forms are smooth and clean
    • The application rate for absorptive surfaces, including plywood, is 600-800 sf/gal. (15-20 sm/L)
  • Chemically bonds to the working faces of steel forms, producing a water-resistant film that protects from corrosion between concrete pours for up to 2 weeks
  • When applied in a thin protective film, it provides a crisp, clean release and prevents the accumulation of concrete buildup
  • EFCO FORM RELEASE can be stored at temperatures below freezing
  • Low odor and VOC < 250 grams per liter
  • Nox-Crete’s Release Agent #10 B is available as a biodegradable option

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