Sometimes concrete needs a helping hand. This is where the broad variety of surface treatments come in. Some, such as Day 1 and Evaporation Retarder slow curing and assist in finishing. This makes it easier for concrete finishers to achieve spectacular results. Others, such as Day 1 (again) and Surface Deactivator, alter the chemistry of the surface to allow for easier exposed aggregate finishes or a denser, stronger surface. The right surface treatment can be the secret weapon in your arsenal that makes you stand out.