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Getting the Right Profile with Surface Preparation

A man running a surface prep machine to get his floor ready for a concrete applicationSurface prep is not the most creative part of a decorative concrete project, but it’s also rarely the same old grind.

Restoring Swimming Pool Decks with an Artistic Flair

Updated pool deck with vibrant colors really draws your eye When Chris McMahon sets out to rehabilitate a worn-out pool deck, he’s not satisfied with merely jazzing up the old slab. He likes to reinvent the entire swimming pool environment, using color, texture and elevation.

UV Light Cured Coatings are Fast and Prosperous

UV light being used to cure a coating on a concrete test slab. courtesy of https://newfinishtech.wordpress.com/tag/new-finish-technologies/#jp-carousel-8A great deal of Scott Harrison’s work involves large facilities, so he understands the importance of being able to do a lot in a limited amount of time.

Decorative Concrete Products That Help Control Heat

Thermometer outside on a stake.Here are a few products designed specifically to help cool down exterior concrete surfaces.

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?

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.

Metallic Epoxy Floors: How to Install, Control and Manipulate them

brown gold metallic epoxy coatingColorful mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders are part of what makes metallic epoxy floors so alluring.

Use Two Colors of Metallic Powder for a Two-tone Coated Floor

JonĀ Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.Jon Kopp, Quality Epoxy LLC, Gilbert, Ariz., says his metallic epoxy floors are all two-color these days.

Don't Get Burned: Safety While Using UV-Cured Concrete Coatings

First and foremost, using ultraviolet curing equipment requires diligent safety practices. John Wilson, president of SPDI UV and CureUV.com, compares it to "a welder's flash on steroids." Sunglasses and long-sleeved shirts are not enough. UV emitted by curing equipment can be many times brighter than the sun, according to Richard Mandich, UV products account manger for Jelight Co. Inc. http://www.imgflash.org/safety-signs-in-the-laboratory-goggles.htmlFirst and foremost, using ultraviolet curing equipment for concrete coatings requires diligent safety practices. Compare it to "a welder's flash on steroids." Sunglasses and long-sleeved shirts are not enough. UV emitted by curing equipment can be many times brighter than the sun.

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.

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?"

Aurora Epoxy Dust for Metallic Look from McKinnon Materials Inc.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered nanopigment that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.Pearlescent metallic effects are the latest hot trend in epoxies, and Aurora Epoxy Dust from McKinnon Materials Inc. is the most recent product to join the 3-D party.

Aurora Epoxy Dust is a powdered “nanopigment” that can be mixed into 100 percent solids epoxy. It is available in 12 standard colors.

Nashville Nightclub Receives Decorative Coating Makeover

Overlay floor in blues and maroon in Nashville, Tenn.The historical structure that now houses the Nashville Dinner Theatre has always attracted attention. During Prohibition times, people slyly used a tunnel in the building to transport alcohol to area nightclubs. Today, it attracts crowds for its dinner shows and performances by local vocalists.

Art Museum Now Has a Parking Garage Worthy of its Mission

Polished concrete at Kimball Art MuseumThe Kimbell Art Museum houses one of the country’s most well-known collections of art. The original building, designed in 1966 by Louis I. Kahn, opened in 1972. In 2010, ground was broken on an expansion, this time utilizing the design of Italian architect Renzo Piano.

Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

Penny-coated Floor Adds Flash to Georgia Home

Pennies coating an entire concrete floor.When we saw these photos, we asked artisan Jason Thorn what was up with all the pennies. He emailed back, ““Cool client! Let me get creatively stupid.”

The Growing Popularity of Metallic Coatings

A red metallic epoxy on a room with a black leather couch.Thanks to new products and growing consumer interest, metallic-infused concrete coatings have everyone’s attention

Concrete Artist Creates Online Gallery of Her Work

Wall art in this upscale bar is a unique expression of this artist.Concrete artist Emily McClintick has launched a new website showcasing her work. These images are just a taste of what you'll find on the Concrete Portfolio page of the website.

Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

The texture of a floor coating is usually adjusted by using some type of particle or grit to improve slip resistance.Of the many responsibilities that a contracting company takes on when it accepts a floor coating job, none is more important than designing for safe footing once the area has returned to service.

How a Sealer Gets New Life in the Decorative Concrete Industry

A concrete sealer has been discovered by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.Southwestern Paint and Supply’s Hydro Guard, a sealer designed 22 years ago for secondary containment of chemicals and for sealing exterior stucco, has been discovered in recent years by decorative concrete fabricators who appreciate its thinness and praise its stain resistance and durability.

Metallic Epoxies Glitter on the Floor at a Contemporary Show House

Liquid Dazzle, a metallic epoxy flooring systemThe unabashedly modernist home in the River’s End community, in Eagle, Idaho, near Boise, is called a “stunning glass jewel box” in an Idaho builders association’s 2013 Parade of Homes description.

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.

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.

Concrete Staining Recipe: Wildflower Drops

Whether it's incorporating homeowners' interests with a custom aggregate or opting for a free-form concrete staining technique to achieve a stained concrete flower design, we hope the techniques featured in each of these recipes will inspire you to try something new.The techniques featured in this beloved annual feature may give you the look you’re after for finishing that one job. Or, they may provide the spark you need to come up with something new.

Debunking Common Decorative Concrete Myths

Concrete overlay that has flaked off due to improper surface preparation. “Just apply a decorative overlay and it will hide everything.” Or, “Use acid to strip that sealer.” These are just a couple of the myths or just plain wrong recommendations concrete contractors may have come across recently.

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