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Leave a Mark on Concrete with Specially Made Stencils and Stains

Stenciled wall at a metro stationContractors and artisans use specially made stencils and stains to leave their marks on decorative concrete.

Putting a New Stamp on Concrete

Rope stamp by butterfield color placed on integrally colored concrete.A number of new technological innovations give today’s contractors more choices when they’re looking to make an impression.

Color Recipe: Transform Dull Lifeless Concrete with Tinted Liquid Release

Have dull, ugly, once beautiful concrete? Transform your slab by using this color recipe that includes using a tinted liquid release.This recipe is for those clients who call you complaining about a stamped or textured patio that’s become lifeless and dull. With just a few steps and a freshly mixed batch of tinted liquid release agent, you can bring color and depth to those sad surfaces.

Border Tools and Designs

Horses stamped into concrete and stained a reddish brown color.Classic Native American patterns, wild horses, tropical fish: today's border-stamp makers are living on the edge.

Artisan Grows Up in Concrete Industry and Becomes a Stamping Success

Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That's not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas. Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That’s not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas.

Stamping Concrete in Hot Weather

Hot sun can affect your stamping projectStamping concrete in hot weather requires advanced planning and close attention. Here, industry pro George Lee shares his secrets for a successful outcome.

Concrete Stamping Enjoys a Resurgence of Popularity

stamping concrete walkwayWith the housing market in recovery, business is looking up for concrete contractors involved with stamping and texturing.

However, it's not just the residential market that’s driving stamping. Thanks to its low price compared with other outdoor options, more commercial developers are turning to stamped concrete.

Rainbow MagicLand Themepark Upgraded with Stamped Concrete

The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.The 500,000 square feet of stamped concrete pathways and patios at the new Italian theme park Rainbow MagicLand look like no place else on Earth.

The Concrafter - Concrete Stamping Tool for Edging

Concrete stamping edge tool that does not need special forming or pouring.If you're into stamping concrete (and who isn't these days?), here's a tool that should be part of your repertoire. Concrafter® LLC design stamps — the brainchild of Theo Hunsaker and his sons, Kip and Sean, out of Vernon, Ariz. — require no special forming or pouring to create decorative edges. The process is so simple and fast, the Hunsakers say, you'll literally gain “the edge” over the competition once you master the technique.

Concrete Contractor Veterans Share Techniques for How to Stamp Concrete

Misty hillside spa surrounded by amazing concrete rocks tumbling down beside stamped concrete stairs.Experts share some secrets for honing your concrete stamping skills.

Turning Tragedy Into Triumph: Art and Design Concrete

Flames are etched into concrete and colored with bright orange, yellow and red concrete stains.It took a serious automobile accident to steer these contractors in the right direction for their business. But once they found the way, they were off.

Consistent Concrete Yields Superior Stamped Concrete Projects

Stamped and stained concrete in front of a garage.Behind every successful slab of stamped concrete is an accumulation of effort by you (the decorative concrete artist) and your local ready-mix provider. If one participant falls short the project becomes compromised, maybe not to the point of being unsalvageable but still to where it does not meet the goal of most professionals.

Stamping Mats from Concrete Artwork

Concrete Artwork Ltd released new stamping mats allowing customers to get the stamped look they wantStamping mats from Concrete Artwork won't give you the look of brick, tile or slate. Instead, they'll allow you to offer your customers eye-catching art stamped into their patio, driveway, vertical wall or walkway.

Adding Color and Texture to Concrete Skateparks

Skate board rider using a large concrete tube in an Oregon, skate park. Concrete has been colored and textured.Airspeed Skateparks’ work was featured on the cover of last year’s World of Concrete issue. Since that time they have started incorporating both color and texture into their work, and decorative concrete has become a valuable extension of their skate park design services.

Fixing Slippery Stamped Concrete Near Pools

The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn't necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit. The combination of pools and stamped concrete doesn’t necessarily spell disaster. For one thing, when a stamped concrete surface near a pool is slick, a topical sealer, not the texture, is often the culprit.

Roller System make Texturing Concrete Easy

Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.

Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces

outdoor stained concrete floor For a guy who started from the bottom up, Jesse Escalera has managed to make a name for himself over the years through his backyard masterpieces.

What Causes Hot-tire Pickup on Stamped Concrete?

Example of hot-tire pick up on stamped concrete driveway and how to prevent sealer sticking to tires The issue of car tires pulling sealer from concrete is known as “hot-tire pickup.” The initial conclusion most people make when they hear “hot-tire pickup” is that a hot tire is melting the sealer and causing it to peel off the concrete.

Stamping Concrete the Old-Fashioned Way

How to stamp concrete without texture mats or texture skins.Unique Concrete, a family-run business out of West Milford, N.J., stamps concrete without the stamp and texture mats of today. Instead, they use old-fashioned tools to create a layer of what they call “cast-in-place concrete tile or stone.”

Stencil Concrete with Stencil Systems Inc.

Concrete stencils for existing concrete can be troweled over to create a more realistic finish.Great concrete stencil products and top-notch technical support define this hardworking company.

Concrete Contractor Finds Success In Stamped Concrete

Stamped in a fan texture concrete drivewayA former computer software developer makes a career change and finds success in stamping concrete.

Placing Quality Stamped Concrete in Six Steps

Stamping concrete broken down in steps.I have identified six steps that all successful hunks of stamped concrete have in common. Bypassing one of the six steps will leave a stamping professional a rung short of a true level of potential. Perfection starts well before any color broadcasts across a wet concrete’s surface, and even well before a ready-mix truck arrives.

Coloring Techniques for Stenciled Concrete

Copper color used in a eastern medallion gives this circle pattern high shine.Stenciling and coloring go hand-in-hand to create works of art in concrete. Acid- or water-based stains are the most widely used — and most versatile — materials for coloring stenciled projects. Acid stains tend to produce muted, earthy colors, while water-based stains are available in brighter, more vibrant colors.

Decorative Concrete Remains a Sure Bet in Las Vegas

Stained stenciled concrete floor takes on the look of Grand Canyon running through this high end restaurant in Las Vegas.Throughout the nation's gambling capital, signs of rejuvenation are unfolding as tourists with a bit more spending money check in, investors' interest returns and locals get back to work.

How Texture Stamp Mats Changed the Decorative Concrete Game

Using texture stamp matsBefore texture stamping, stamping professionals were limited to interlocking stamp patterns and all of the frustration and anxiety that accompany them. Flash forward to 2014, and numerous opportunities exist to showcase your decorative talent, thanks to the many variations of texture stamp tools.

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