Quarterly Newsletter
Spring 2010

Let's face it, with the unstable economy and unpredictable nature of today's business world, we have all had to modify our tried and tested business strategies for methods that work for today's market.  In the wake of this new business world, Spec Formliners is happy to offer competitive pricing and new products like our ElastoSpec Lite that take budget pricing and material availability into account. 

This newsletter is full of information to help you with all of your form liner needs like how to distribute Spec Formliners products, application guide information, and green submittal documentation. 
 We hope you enjoy!
Jessie Deering Ullerich
Spec Formliners, Inc.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
ElastoSpec Lite:
An alternative to ABS and solid urethane
Odds are good that Spec Formliners' semi-elastomeric material, ElastoSpec Lite, is the perfect material for your project.  With the practical balance between cost effectiveness and re-use capabilities, ElastoSpec Lite is finding itself requested and spec'ed into more and more projects. 
In a time when raw material ABS is difficult to come across, ElastoSpec Lite shines as a welcome alternative.  High in re-use, priced between plastic and urethane, capable of custom tooling and custom sizes, meets specifications for semi-elastomeric material--this product does it all.
Benefits to using ElastoSpec Lite in substitute of ABS or solid urethane projects:
  • ElastoSpec Lite gets multiple uses, often between 25-35
  • Used and applied like plastic, but wears like urethane
  • Easy to field trim
  • Lightweight.  Most patterns range between 1-3 lbs/sf
  • Custom sized patterns near plastic pricing
  • Reduced shipping costs
411 on Liner Application
Featuring:  Stripping the Liner



Plastic and Semi-Elastomeric:
It is essential that all form liner is stripped with an equal time interval from concrete placement.  Different time intervals will result in inconsistent coloring from different levels of moisture loss.  For best results, forms should be stripped within twenty-four hours of concrete placement.  Formwork should be stripped perpendicular to the form, when possible.   
Tilt-up Panels should not be lifted until the concrete has reached the specified concrete compressive strength.  In most cases, the form liner will remain on the slab.  Single-use liners can be discarded after stripping while multi-use liners can easily be cleaned by spraying with water and/or scrubbing with a brush. 
 As with plastic liners, ElastoSpec Liners should be stripped perpendicular to the form, with an equal time interval from concrete placement, and within 24 hours. 
When stripping ElastoSpec Liners, the material resiliency can be used to allow the formwork to strip itself.  Use a hydraulic jack to separate (push) the top of the formwork from the concrete.  Allow the jack to remain in place for approximately 15 minuets.  The formwork will slowly resume its original shape and strip itself away from the finished surface.  If jacking is not possible, a stripping force can be used on the jack side of the form to separate  (pull) the top of the formwork from the concrete.  The stripping angle should always be as perpendicular to the form as possible. 
The use of a form release is recommended in all liner types and applications.  Spec Release works well to aid in stripping and ease clean-up of the form liner for additional pours.  Release agents should be applied as closely as possible before concrete placement.  For best results, the liner should be cleaned after each use and a new coat of form release should be applied before each concrete placement. 
For more information on the application process:
Click here for plastic or click here for urethane
Distributing Spec 

Since 1996, Spec has been proud to build strong relationships with its distributors.  When working with Spec Formliners, you can expect professional attention to detail, competitive pricing, and a trustworthy business partner.  We value our distributors and know that they represent our eyes and ears in the field. 

Spec Formliners, Inc,. is making it easier than ever to distribute our form liners.  With a continually expanding product line including new patterns, new materials, and now, even a new form release, you can always count on Spec to set the industry standards and keep you up-to-date on the best products to offer your customers.
Because most orders with Spec are made-to-order, Spec Formliners offers direct shipping to your customer letting you avoid handling the material at your location or stocking material.  However, if stocking standard and highly-requested patterns is what your going for, we can do that too--and often at a discounted rate!
Back to Basics:  Rock Patterns
1520From Colorado Flagstone, to Kona Rock, to Chiseled Limestone, Spec flawlessly simulates the naturally occurring strata of any region.    
Spec's stunning rock patterns add realistic beauty to any project.  Their exquisite display as well as cost-effectiveness makes Spec's Rock Patterns ideal for freeway walls, MSE walls, foundations, and bridges.
With an ever-growing pattern collection, Spec is sure to offer the right design for your project.  And if you don't see what you are looking for, call us and we would be happy to talk to you about custom patterns!
To view all of our standard rock patterns, click Here.


In This Issue
ElastoSpec Lite
Stripping the Liner
Distributing Spec
Back to Basics: Rock Patterns
Green Requirements
Featuring: 1323
Green Requirements
Spec Formliners, Inc., like many other companies, has a growing concern for the environment and its resources.  To do our part, we re-grind all unused plastic at our factory and send it back to the plastic manufacturer to be recycled into new sheets.  In turn, the plastic sheets that we purchase from our supplier are composed of the recycled and re-ground plastic that we've kept out of our nation's landfills. There's a good chance that the material in the form liner you're using on your projects has been around the block a few times before!
For a printable version of this information to use for Leed and Green submittals, Click Here


 Featured Liner:
Pattern 1323 "Wire Cut Brick"
Our brick pattern 1323 is a great addition to our pattern line up.  This realistic looking liner not only perfectly represents real wire cut brick, but it also can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of real masonry and can be simply and efficiently integrated into your tilt-up, cast-in-place, and precast projects. 


Contacting Spec Formliners, Inc.
Spec Formliners, Inc.
530 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, California 92707
P:  714.429.9500    
P:  888.429.9550    
F:  714.429.1460
President:  Steve Deering
VP Admin:  Judy Deering
VP Engineering:  Drew Deering
VP Sales: Jessie Deering Ullerich
Sales:  Ronda Gilbert
Production:  Ralph Cachua 
  Jan Bowders
Order Dept.: Laura Krause

View our Patterns: