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MasterCast 141 (Formerly known as Rheomix 141)

Multi-purpose admixture for cementitious systems. Waterproofs and improves mortars.

Bonding agent.

MasterCast 141 is a (SBR) styrene-butadiene co- Earlier hardening.
polymer latex specifically designed for use with Improved flexibility.
cement compositions. It is used in mortar and Greatly reduced shrinkage.
concretes as an admixture to increase resistance Prevents bleeding.
to water penetration, improve abrasion resistance Lower water-cement ratio.
and durability. It is used with cement as a reliable Increased durability and toughness.
water-resistant bonding agent.
High resistance to water penetration.
Good abrasion resistance.
PRIMARY USES Good frost resistance and resistance to salt
Concrete repair. permeation.
Floor screeds and toppings. Good resistance to many chemicals and to
External rendering. mineral oil.
Waterproofing and tanking. Excellent adhesion to steel and concrete.
Fixing slip bricks and tiles. Adheres well to brick, glass, asphalt, wood,
Corrosion protection of steel. expanded polystyrene and most building
TYPICAL APPLICATIONS Prolonged corrosion protection.
Proven performance.
CONCRETE REPAIR: Similar thermal expansion and modulus
properties to concrete (unlike resin mortars and
Spalled concrete, repairing floors, beams and pre- primers).
cast slabs.
Non-toxic. Can be used with potable water.
More economical than epoxy or polyester resin
Abrasion resistant and non-dusting floors,
underlay for special finishes, mild chemical and ACTION
effluent-resistant floors.
The use of MasterCast 141 synthetic latex in
cement-based slurries and mortars compensates
EXTERNAL RENDERING: for many deficiencies in the mixes without
Waterproof, weatherproof and frost resistant detracting from their inherent strength and
render. properties.

WATERPROOFING AND TANKING: MasterCast 141 has been developed specifically

Basements, lift pits, inspection pits, water towers, for use with Portland cements. As ordinary mortar
liquid tanks, effluent tanks and swimming pools. dries out, voids are left which make it permeable
and weaker. When MasterCast 141 is added, the
MasterCast 141 particles bind together to form
OTHER TYPICAL APPLICATIONS continuous films and strands - these stitch the
opposite sides of the voids together and block up
Bedding tiles, fixing or re-fixing slip bricks, bonding
the spaces, thus increasing strength and
new concrete to old.
resistance to water penetration. MasterCast 141
combined with cement produces an excellent
adhesive; each component compliments the
properties of the other in this respect.
MasterCast 141 (Formerly known as Rheomix 141)


MasterCast 141 is a milky, white liquid, produced
from styrene and butadiene by high pressure SURFACE PREPARATION
emulsion polymerisation. The latex consists of Surfaces to which MasterCast 141 is to be
microscopic particles of synthetic rubber dispersed applied should be clean, sound and free of
in an aqueous solution. MasterCast 141 modified deleterious substances.
mixes may be slightly darker than corresponding
unmodified mixes. Remove all laitance, oil, grease, mould oil or
curing compound from concrete surfaces using
PACKAGING wire brush, scabbler or other equipment as
MasterCast 141 is supplied in 20 and 200 litre appropriate. Ensure that reinforcing steel is clean
containers. and free from grease or oil; remove scale and rust.
When repairing spalled or damaged concrete,
PROPERTIES ensure that the concrete has been cut back to
Unless otherwise stated typical properties are sound material.
based on a 3:1 sand/cement mix in which 10 litres
of MasterCast 141 per 50kg of Type I OPC BONDING SLURRY
cement has been incorporated. Wet down absorbent surfaces, such as concrete,
brick, stone, etc., ensuring that they are saturated
Compressive 40N/mm dependent on but free of surface water. Prepare a bonding
strength: cement used and slurry of 1 to 2 parts cement to 1 part
workability. MasterCast 141, mixed to a lump-free creamy,
Freeze thaw Excellent. consistency. Using a stiff brush, work the bonding
resistance: slurry well into the damp surface, ensuring that no
Water vapour Less than 4gm/m/24hr, pinholes are visible. Do not apply bonding slurry
permeability: through an 11mm thick at a thickness in excess of 2mm. If a second coat
test piece.* is necessary, it must be applied after the first coat
Adhesion: Excellent to concrete, is touch dry. The second coat must be applied at
steel, brick, glass, etc. right angles to the first to ensure complete
Co-efficient of -20C to +20C: 12.8 x coverage.
thermal expansion: 10-6 (Approximately 20ltr of MasterCast 141 mixed
-20C to +60C: 12.9 x with 50kg of OPC Type I cement will give a
10-6 creamy slurry which will cover 20 square metres of
Chemical Resists mild acids, substrate dependent on surface texture and
resistance: alkalis, sulphates, thickness applied.)
chlorides, urine, dung,
lactic acid, sugar, etc. MATERIALS FOR MasterCast 141 MODIFIED
Resistance to Excellent - no water MIXES
water under through a 15mm thick
pressure - 30m test piece.*
Sand should be sharp washed, well graded and
+ free from excessive fines. For general use select
Indicated strengths are typical. Variation
a BS 882 C&M (previously Zone 2) sand. For
in cement used and workability can give
rendering, select a sand complying with BS 1199
increased strengths.
Table 1.
* MasterCast 141 added at 10ltr / 50kg
MasterCast 141 is compatible with all types of
OPC, sulphate resisting Types II and V. For use
with other cements, contact BASF Technical
Services Dept. for advice.
MasterCast 141 (Formerly known as Rheomix 141)


The strong plasticising action of MasterCast 141 HORIZONTAL SURFACES:
greatly reduces the water cement ratio for any Screeds, patches, etc., based on MasterCast 141
given workability. modified cements, can be laid to any thickness
from 60mm down to 6mm minimum. After mixing,
the MasterCast 141 modified mix should be
MasterCast 141 placed over the still wet bonding slurry, well
Standard dose is 5ltr per 50kg of cement. For compacted and struck off to level. It may then be
more demanding situations, such as exposure to trowelled to the required finish using a wooden
chemicals or wear, 10ltr per 50kg of cement is float or steel trowel.
Note: Whenever screeds are being laid over
existing concrete surfaces, it is important that
expansion joints in the sub-floor are carried
Mixing should be preferably be carried out in an through the MasterCast 141 modified mix. This
efficient concrete mixer - where available a pan can be done by fitting a temporary timber batten
type mixer, such as a Creteangle, is wrapped in polythene sheet into the joint.
recommended. Hand mixing is only permissible
when the total weight of the mix is less than 25kg.
Charge the mixer with the required quantity of Correct curing of MasterCast 141 modified mixes
sand and cement and premix for approx. 1 minute. is important.
Add the MasterCast 141 and mix for 2 minutes Moisture cure for 24 hours and then allow to dry
only, to avoid excessive air entrapment. out slowly. (Note that initial curing is necessary to
Finally, without delay, add the water slowly until provide good curing conditions for the hydration of
the required consistency is achieved. Owing to the Portland cement, then the Iatex mortar must
the strong plasticising properties of MasterCast be allowed to dry out to permit the latex particles
141, rapid thinning can occur - avoid adding to join together to form the continuous films and
excessive water! strands.)


1. Never apply MasterCast 141 modified mixes or
concrete to a bonding slurry that has been
allowed to dry out.
Apply the bonding slurry to the prepared surface 2. Always use fresh, cool cement and sharp,
and then apply the MasterCast 141 render into clean, well graded aggregate, free of excessive
the wet bonding slurry. fines.
3. Keep mixing time to a minimum - see
Apply MasterCast 141 modified mortars in coats recommendations.
at a maximum thickness of 6mm per coat. Greater 4. Until the user becomes familiar with its
thickness can lead to slumping. Several coats can workability the appearance of a MasterCast
be applied in fairly rapid succession, usually within 141 modified mix is deceptive; when of correct
15 to 30 minutes of the previous coat. Close the consistency it may appear to be too dry.
surface using a wooden float or steel trowel. However, it will be found that it can be
compacted and trowelled satisfactorily. Avoid
Another method is to let the first coat of render dry using excessive water.
overnight and apply another slurry coat before 5. Trowelling should proceed with the work. Do
applying the second coat of render. For further not overtrowel and avoid retrowelling. Protect
details refer to the "Guidelines and from too rapid drying out prior to trowelling.
Recommendations using MasterCast 141 ".
MasterCast 141 (Formerly known as Rheomix 141)


All tools should be cleaned with water immediately All cementitious mixes stated shall be modified
after use. If delayed, use of soap and coarse wire with MasterCast 141, styrene butadiene
wool may help. Solvents such as white spirit can copolymer Iatex, manufactured by BASF or similar
be used to remove partially hardened mortar. approved, to the following specification:-

DOSAGE RATE Composition A milky, white styrene

For all normal use the standard dose of 5ltr of butadiene copolymer latex,
MasterCast 141 per 50kg cement is adequate. specifically made for use with
For extreme conditions and/or when adhesion, Portland cement.
waterproofing, water vapour resistance or pH 10.5.
chemical resistance are critical, the dosage should Specific 1.01.
be increased to 10ltr of MasterCast 141 per 50kg gravity
cement. For this higher dosage, the extra water Mean 0.17 micron.
addition required is low and, therefore, use of wet particle size
aggregate may result in excessive workability. Butadiene 40 +/- 1% by weight of
content MasterCast 141 polymer.
The material shall be used in bonding slurries at
MasterCast 141 is specifically designed for use
the rate of approximately 1 volume of MasterCast
with Portland cements. It is also compatible with
141 to 1 to 2 volumes of OPC cement and in
sulphate-resisting cement, Types II and V.
cementitious mixes at the rate of 5 or 10 litres per
Lime (more than 10% cement weight), air
50kg cement, as recommended in the
entraining agents and masonry cement must not
manufacturer's literature.
be used in conjunction with MasterCast 141.
Store under cover, out of direct sunlight and
The recommended levels should not be exceeded.
protect from extremes of temperature.
Gross overdosage at an acceptable workability is
not likely, but will result in an increase of the
Failure to comply with the recommended storage
polymer properties to the detriment of the
conditions may result in premature deterioration of
compressive strength.
the product or packaging. For specific storage
advice consult BASF's Technical Services

Avoid contact with eyes and prolonged contact
with skin. During application always wear gloves
and appropriate clothing to minimise contact. In
case of contact with eyes, immediately flush with
plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Should
skin contact occur, wash immediately with soap
and water. Seek the advice of a physician should
symptoms persist.
MasterCast 141 (Formerly known as Rheomix 141)

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