Versa Etch

Architectural concrete surface retarder

Versa Etch is a state-of-the-art, water-based concrete surface retarder designed to expose aggregate in freshly placed concrete without the need for plastic covering. It is available in seven standard depths of etch, suitable for a range of decorative applications from a very light acid wash to 5/8” deep.

Selection Chart

  • Zero (Very Light Acid Etch): Product #1, Color Code White
  • Micro Etch (1/32”-1/16”): Product #3, Color Code Purple
  • Sandblast (1/16” to 1/8”): Product #5, Color Code Light Blue
  • Light Etch (1/16” to 1/4”): Product #15, Color Code Yellow
  • Fine (1/8”-1/4”): Product #25, Color Code Beige
  • Medium (1/8”-3/8”): Product #75, Color Code Blue
  • Coarse (3/8”-5/8”): Product #125, Color Code Pink
  • Ready to Use: Easy to spray, no mixing required.
  • Color and Number Coded: Simplifies selection and application.
  • No Plastic Covering Required: Less prep and cleanup needed.
  • Consistent Architectural Finish: Delivers uniform results.
  • Low VOC, Solvent-Free: Environmentally friendly.

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  • Preparation: Ensure surrounding surfaces are protected from overspray. Concrete should be floated, screeded, or troweled level, optionally with additional aggregate for texture.
  • Application: Spray Versa Etch evenly once surface water has disappeared. Typical coverage is 200-300 square feet per gallon.
  • Setting and Removal: Allow to cure for 6 to 24 hours depending on conditions. Remove by flushing with a hose and stiff broom or a pressure washer.
  • Finish: Seal with SpecChem Crystal Shine, DecoShine, or Aqua Shine to enhance the exposed aggregate’s beauty.


Versa Etch is packaged in 5-gallon pails.

Shelf Life

  • Shelf Life: Two years from date of manufacture when stored in properly sealed containers.
  • Storage Precautions: Protect from freezing.