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EXCELFLEX TRADE-Technical Data Sheet

By  Last updated: 4th September 2010

EXCELFLEX TRADE-Technical Data Sheet

Excelfl ex Trade is a fl exible, powdered adhesive for wall and fl oor applications. Suitable
to use over concrete, cement render, screeds, fi brous cement sheeting and ASA approved
waterproof membranes. Excelfl ex Trade is recommended for all internal and external*
applications including bathrooms, toilets, laundries, kitchens, decks and verandahs. Excelfl ex
Trade is suitable for all types of tiles.
*External applications must be covered and have appropriate falls to eliminate ponding

Flexible powdered adhesive
Can be used over ASA approved waterproofi ng
Cost effective
Environmentally friendly packaging
Water washable
No odour
Convenient form
Hydrates – chemically cures
Excellent rheology & workability
Easy to spread

All surfaces must be clean, dry and be free from dust, grease, wax, oil, laitance, curing compounds and all other
contaminants likely to prevent the adhesive bonding. Highly porous substrates must be primed with ASA Multiprime
prior to tiling. Concrete should be allowed to cure for at least 28 days and cement render 7 days prior to tiling. A
wood fl oat fi nish is preferred. Smooth steel trowel fi nished concrete must be mechanically abraided to increase
adhesion. Waterproofi ng membranes must have dried in accordance with the printed directions on the packaging.
Movement joints must be incorporated in the tile layout in accordance with AS3958.1-1991 clauses to 6.
20kg of Excelfl ex Trade powder requires 6 litres of clean water which produces 18 litres of mixed product. Add a
measured amount of clean water into a clean container and sprinkle Excelfl ex Trade powder slowly into the liquid
with constant stirring. Eliminate lumps. Mix to a thick toothpaste consistency. Allow to stand for 2 minutes. Mix
again. The adhesive is now ready to use.
Apply the mixed adhesive to the prepared substrate using the appropriate notched trowel for the size of the tile
being laid. A minimum of 1mm bed thickness for walls and 3mm for fl oors must be achieved. Ensure that the
bedded tiles are fully supported by the adhesive with no voids underneath or behind. Lay tiles into the adhesive
before it skins. The adhesive may also need to be applied to the back of the tiles to accommodate the required
levels. Do not disturb tiles until the adhesive has dried. Commence grouting after 24 hours when tilework is fi rm.
Use the appropriate ASA grout, allowing joint widths of 1.5mm to 6mm for walls and 3mm to 12mm for fl oors as
per AS3958.1-1991 clauses 5.4.6.
Excelfl ex Trade can be removed from the surface of the tiles using a damp cloth while the adhesive is still wet.
Tools and equipment can be cleaned with warm water and detergent prior to adhesive drying.

20kg paper bags
2 hours at 22°C and 50%RH Setting time: 24 hours at 22°C and 50%RH
16m² using a 6mm x 6mm notched trowel and 10m² using a 10mm x 10mm notched trowel
This product is non-toxic but contains cement. ASA recommends the use of dust masks, eye protection and
wearing of gloves when handling this product. It is advisable to use good occupational health and safety practices
to avoid personal contact. For more detailed information refer to product MSDS.
Unopened bags can be stored for up to 12 months in a cool, dry and weatherproof environment. Bags must be
stored off the fl oor.
• Not suitable for tiling directly onto timber substrates
• Not recommended for continuous water immersion applications, e.g. swimming pools, spas etc.
• Not recommended for metal or plastic substrates
• Not recommended for uncovered external areas without adequate falls

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