How to Mix
CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula Mix
CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula Mix allows you to cast outdoor concrete in an array of colors that are fade-resistant and strong enough to stand up to the harshest winter freeze. Use CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula and Sakrete 5000 Plus Concrete Mix for outdoor projects – such as concrete countertops, planters, benches, fire tables, and barbecue surrounds – just like the pros.
Our professional-grade outdoor concrete countertop mix is blended with the finest fade-resistant color pigments, crack-prevention fibers, freeze-thaw additives, and water-reducing technology. Combined with Sakrete 5000 Plus Concrete Mix, CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula creates superior, designer-quality, and more durable concrete for outdoor projects.
Concrete Mixers are rated by cubic foot capacity with most popular sizes being 5, 9 and 12 cubic feet. It’s important to note that these capacities are the total volume of the drum, not the amount of material you can mix.
5 cf mixer yields 2.5 cf of mix.
9 cf mixer yields 5-6 cf of mix.
12 cf mixer yields 8-9 cf of mix.
Add One CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula Mix packet for every 120lbs of Sakrete 5000 Plus Concrete Mix. Next, cover the mouth of the mixer with a trash bag and secure it with an elastic bungee cord.
Run the mixer for 5-10 minutes to thoroughly blend all the pigments, additives and concrete before the addition of water.
Step 3 – Add the Water
Measure and set aside any water or other liquid ingredients while the dry components are blending.
When using an admixture like CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula, follow the instructions on the packaging, NOT the instructions on the bag of concrete mix.
Add just 3/4 of the recommended water to the dry blend and mix.
Since each bag of concrete has different water requirements, we don’t add all the required water at once. You can always add more water if the mix is too dry… but you can’t take water out.
Step 4 – Creating a Workable Mix
AVOID A SOUPY MIX! Excess water reduces strength and durability and can cause cracking. CX All-Weather Concrete Countertop Pro-Formula is ready-blended with a water-reducing agent, providing greater strength and durability. Therefore, DO NOT follow the printed water recommendations on your bagged concrete mix packaging.
DO NOT EXCEED 1-1/2 gallons (5.6 L) of water per cubic foot of concrete.
In cold weather, use warm water to accelerate the set. In hot weather, use cold water to slow the set.