Swellseal® Mastic

Caulk-applied, one-component, hydro-swelling mastic for sealing smooth and rough construction joints and pipe penetrations

Product Description

Swellseal® Mastic is a one-component, polyurethane-based, solvent free, hydroswelling mastic, supplied in cartridges and aluminium sausages, for the sealing of construction joints and around pipe penetrations. Swellseal Mastic cures and swells in the presence of moisture. Curing time depends on temperature and humidity conditions, i.e. curing time will reduce if RH and Celsius degrees are higher. Swellseal Mastic will become firm in 24-36 hours. Performance is not affected by the curing time.

Product Advantages

  • Solvent free.
  • Swellseal® Mastic can be applied to concrete, PVC, HDPE, steel, etc.
  • The excellent filling and adhesion properties of the product provide a first line filling of cracks and voids, even on lightly humid, smooth or rough surfaces.
  • In contact with water Swellseal Mastic will expand to about 350% of it’s original volume.
  • Flexible system, which adapts to the irregular surface of the substrate.
  • Easy application with standard caulking gun.
  • Durable: will exceed the construction’s life.
  • Has a good all-round chemical resistance(*) and
  • can resist petroleum, mineral and vegetable oils and greases.
  • Swellseal Mastic is approved for contact with potable water.

(*) For chemical resistance please contact your local GCP representative.

Field of Application

Swellseal Mastic is used for:

  • Sealing rough and smooth construction joints of in-situ cast concrete.
  • Sealing joints between pre-cast segments (e.g. manholes, box culverts, cable ducts and pipes).
  • Sealing around steel H-beams.
  • Sealing between rough surfaces (e.g. slurry walls) and concrete slabs.
  • Bonding strip sealants to rough surfaces.
  • Sealing around bolt spacers and void formers.
  • On secant pile walls.

Application

1. Precautions

Swellseal Mastic is preferably applied onto a dust-free concrete surface. The surface can be rough or smooth, moist or dry.

Installation during heavy rain or in prolonged contact with water results in a premature swelling of the strip, which should be avoided.

Preferably the mastic should cure for 24 hours before pouring concrete. 

Despite the fact that Swellseal Mastic has a very good adherence to the concrete, care must be taken, as with all products of this type, not to pour the concrete directly on the product to avoid damaging of the applied sealant.

2. Application Method

For 310cc Cartridges

Break the moisture-proofing aluminium foil on the top of the cartridge and remove the seamer from the bottom. Cut the nozzles diagonally at the appropriate position. Place the cartridge into caulking gun.

For 600cc Sausages

Put the sausage in the empty tube of the caulking gun and cut 1cm off the top of the sausage. Close the tube and install the nozzle. Cut the nozzle diagonally at the appropriate position. Swellseal Mastic is applied with a caulking gun in an uninterrupted band (minimum 10mm wide and high), in the middle of the joint or prefab element. Concrete cover should be at least 7cm on both sides, in order to avoid cracks from the expansion pressure of swelling Swellseal Mastic.

Technical Data / Properties

Property Value Norm
Solids 100% Test DNC
Uncured    
Consistency Gel / Paste Test DNC
Density (at 20ºC) Approx. 1.45kg / dm3 DIN 53504
Slump in Vertical Application < 5mm (average 3mm) Boeing test
Hand Dry (at 20ºC and 60% rel. humidity) 12h Test DNC
Flash Point > 130ºC Pensky-Martens method
Cured (7 days at 25ºC, 10 mm thick)  
Elongation at Break Approx. 625% DIN 53504
Tensile Strength Approx. 2.2N / mm2 DIN 53504
Resistance to Hydrostatic Pressure Up to 150 metres of water column Test DNC
Swelling Capacity in Contact with Water Swells to approx. 350% of its original dry volume Test report KUL University

Storage

Minimum 12 months in a dry place at temperatures between 5°C and 30°C.
See shelf life information on the packaging.

Health & Safety

For full information consult the relevant Material Safety Data Sheet.

    Consumption

    The consumption of Swellseal Mastic per linear metre depends on the quality of the surface of the concrete.

    Nozzle Diameter Length (Cartridge) Length (Sausage)
    3mm 20 - 25m 40 - 50m
    6mm 8 - 10m 16 - 20m
    8mm 4 - 5m 8 - 10m
    10mm Approx. 3m Approx. 6m

    Appearance

    Pasty during application and rubbery after curing. Colour: white.

    Packaging

    310ml Cartridges 600ml Sausages
    12 per cardboard box 12 per cardboard box
    1 pallet = 75 cardboard boxes 1 pallet = 40 cardboard boxes
    Weight per cartridge
    • 0.55kg gross
    • 0.50kg net
    Weight per sausage
    • 0.99kg gross
    • 0.90kg net

    Accessories 

    To be ordered separately

    • Skeleton caulking gun for cartridges 310mL.
    • Caulking gun for sausages 600mL closed tube.
    • Nozzle for caulking gun 600mm closed tube.