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Solving Sealer Problems

Preparing concrete for the application of sealer.There are three things in this world that have room for improvement: cell phones, microwave popcorn and, you guessed it, concrete sealers. There have been more prayers and cuss words offered up regarding sealers than over any other decorative concrete issue.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Wow Factor Achieved on Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop Floor

The Team Shop floor was coated with Duraamen products to achieve the color and lines of a basketball.If someone wanted to prove that decorative concrete is the ideal way to create a show-stopping floor, mentioning the Cleveland Cavaliers Team Shop would be a great way to do it.

Treating Concrete with Densifiers Increases Compressive and Tensile Strength

Densifiers penetrate into concrete, then chemically react with the calcium hydroxide within the surface of the concrete.Treating concrete with densifiers increases compressive and tensile strength while adding moisture- and abrasion-resistance.

How to Compete With and Win Against DIY Garage Floor Kits

If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers' mind.If you want to install garage floor coatings properly and create a profit, you must understand that not everyone is your customer. The price tag on the kit in the box store has already created a perceived value or cost to complete the job in many customers’ mind.

Eliminate the Wait With Quaker Chemical Corp's RapidShield

RapidShield product placed in green and yellow in this corridor.One of concrete's few downsides is the amount of waiting a contractor, and customer, must do while the concrete sets or coatings dry. Some of that waiting time is now significantly reduced, thanks to RapidShield from Epmar Corp., a subsidiary of Quaker Chemical Corp.

Eliminating Color Spots in Microtoppings

Among his crew's jobsite tools is a big commercial blender, the stainless steel type used in bars and restaurants. Color powder is measured in with acetone and a little water, then blended, beaten, whipped and frapped to a fine liquid. "The acetone breaks everything down and melts the color," Smith says.Are you seeing spots? How to get rid of spots when adding color to your microtoppings.

Contemporary Art Deco Decorative Concrete Garage

To achieve the charcoal hue, he combined black quartz granules at a 75 percent ratio and smoke quartz granules at a 25 percent ratio, then added gold metallic flakes (Sulyn Industries' Gold Craft Glitter) at 5 percent of the blend.ick Fischer’s technical knowledge and artistic abilities make him a double threat in the decorative concrete world. He began his career in custom automobile painting and restoration, then moved into decorative paint finishes in commercial and residential spaces.

Revive Color Refresher from L. M. Scofield Co.

A close up look of control joints on a red concrete patio.It’s a fact we have to face — everything ages. And colored concrete is not immune. Sometimes it fades to a soft, mellow color, but often it just becomes dull and lifeless. Or worse, later repairs and additions don’t match.

Why Concrete Sealers May Leave a Lingering Odor

Ew, that smell. Can you smell that smell? Concrete SealersIs it possible to smell sealer months after application? Someone asked me this regarding a stained and sealed floor in a Colorado residence.

The Great Debate: Glossy Sealers vs. Matte Sealers

Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste.Most people will tell you choosing the gloss level of a sealer mostly comes down to preference and personal taste. But besides aesthetics, what are some factors to consider when choosing one finish over another?

Seal-Krete Partners with UpStream Art to Color and Protect Storm Drains

storm drain that has been used as an artist canvasUpStream Art, a project of the University Of Arkansas Division Of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, has been using Seal-Krete products to protect murals on storm drains. The murals are being used to communicate the function and importance of storm drains.

Calvary Christian School Art Room, Holland, Mich.

Concrete Overlay of a yellow sunflower in Christian school in MichiganWhat better place is there to experiment with various decorative concrete techniques than in a high-school art classroom?

Tips to Prepping Heavily Pitted Ceramic Tile Prior to Decorative Concrete Application

Ceramic tile was prepped using bonding primer to better receive the decorative concrete treatment.If you think that converting 22,000 square feet of flooring from heavily pitted ceramic tile to sleek, glossy, stylish concrete isn’t hard enough, try completing your mission in a “live” supermarket. Take on the added challenge of racing the clock in the middle of the night to get one section completed before the daily load of feet and shopping-cart wheels travels over its still-unfinished and barely dry surface.

The Challenges of Applying High-Performance Sealers

As high-performance coatings become more commonplace in decorative applications, so do the problems associated with using them.As high-performance coatings become more commonplace in decorative applications, so do the problems associated with using them. Unlike acrylic sealers, high-performance coatings (polyurethane, epoxy, polyaspartic and polyurea) are not as forgiving when it comes to application, or more specifically, reapplication.

Polymer Stains Allow for High-Def Visual Floor

Skyline Development & Construction found Decorative Concrete Staining & Scoring online through the Concrete Network website and chose the company to design and install floor coatings for the new store in Scottsdale Quarter, a high-end shopping and entertainment center.When Ray Anger, owner of Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Decorative Concrete Staining & Scoring Inc., came on board as the decorative concrete contractor for the Scottsdale location of Diane’s Beachwear, he took plans for the store’s floor from simple to spectacular.

Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

What to Do When Decorative Concrete Cracks

There is at least one thing all concrete installers agree on: Concrete cracks. They differ, however, on how to approach repairing those cracks.Grout it, fill it or design around it? In decorative concrete, every crack presents a contractor with a unique set of problems.

Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Concrete in Cold Weather

Patio in cold weather that had to be planned perfectly due to weather.Concrete Decor asked artisans around the country about their experiences installing projects during cold weather. They faced freezing temperatures, snowy weather, and even challenges indoors during cold spells. Each artisan found his own solution for handling work during the winter months.

Expoxy Floors in BoHouse Café Match the Artsy Vibe of the Restauarant

Located along "The Walk" of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Residence, the BoHouse Café gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line.The BoHouse Café in Dubai gives off an artsy vibe with its eclectic crowd and creative dishes, and the restaurant's decor is right in line. On the café's ground floor, swirling rainbow stripes, sparkling clouds and colorful disks and hearts pop against a radiant white background.

The Right Coatings for Horizontal Concrete Surfaces

It's a crucial question regarding coatings for horizontal concrete installations and restorations -- whether the coating is serving a protective-only mission or protective-decorative function.It’s a crucial question regarding coatings for horizontal concrete installations and restorations — whether the coating is serving a protective-only mission or protective-decorative function.

Seminary Receives Concrete Application Using Pure Texture

Seminary wall coated with Pure Texture concrete coating with arched openings into a room.In his 40 years of working in the masonry and general construction industry, Dominick Freda has never been involved with a project of the magnitude of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, a traditional Roman Catholic facility situated on 1,100 acres in Dillwyn, Virginia, not far from Charlottesville.

Sprawling Aged Concrete Meets its Endurable Match

Concrete floor restoration in Nebraska's Timpte Manufacturing Plant filled in gouges, holes and cracks in the concrete.It wasn’t long after Shawn MacDonald heard about a promising new concrete floor restoration system that he encountered a project that figured to be a good candidate for putting the system to the test.

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