By Maritza Emerson. Concrete Tools. Published at Friday, June 29th, 2018 - 21:13:32 PM.
Decorative concrete made from ready mix concrete consists of sand, gravel, Portland cement, water and other additives. For stained concrete, caustic materials such as metallic salts, diluted hydrochloric acid, dyes and hydrated lime are used to produce gorgeous colors, but this also requires the use of these dangerous chemicals, meaning that it is always safest and best to allow professional contractors of concrete to handle these types of jobs around the home. They are trained in their appropriate use, and can achieve reliable results in the safest manner possible. Stamped concrete uses specialty molds and other techniques to create concrete surfaces that resemble flagstone, cobblestone, brick and even hardwood floors. Many patterns are available, so you have a broad range of choices when it comes to ready mix concrete flooring for your patio, walkways or driveway.
The next step is mixing the Cerlon. This is done in 5 gallon buckets using the buckets that the Cerlon comes in take and pour ½ of the Cerlon in a clean bucket and mix the product half at a time. The most important part of mixing Cerlon is the ratio of water to the Cerlon has to be measured very accurately. A paddle on an electric drill that you use from mixing taping compound or floor leveler can be used to mix the Cerlon.
The next operation was using a hilt chipping hammer to remove all the concrete between the scores down ¾ of an inch so that the Cerlon can be poured at least ¾ of an inch thick. Only a ½” of Cerlon is needed to make the area impervious to the salt, but we figure that we go to ¾ of an inch to make sure the salt will not affect our repair. Once this is done and the spoilage is removed the concrete has to be cleaned and remove as much of the dust as possible. Cerlon will chemically bond with the concrete so you do not need to put any product as a bonding agent as you do with concrete.
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