How to Resurface Worn Concrete

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Over time concrete can look worn out and dull. If you are looking to give your concrete a makeover, you can try this do it yourself home project of trowel concrete resurfacer over your worn walkway. Using this DIY idea and technique, you will have a brand new, durable concrete surface that is uniform in color. Before you get started, you will want to check out the diy idea video on concrete resurfacing. As long as your concrete walkway isn't cracked all the way through, you can use this project to do and coat the concrete slab with a concrete resurfacer, which is a no-shrink blend of Portland cement, sand, and the polymer additives that will fill the divots and make for a uniform finish. The concrete resurfacer in this diy idea is a natural dark gray color, so you want to buy enough to cover your entire concrete walk. One 40-pound bag of concrete resurfacer will coat about 35 square feet. If you want to have a different color for this do it yourself home project, just add in a concrete tint. Before resurfacing the concrete for this do it yourself home project, strip off any paint or sealers and watch the weather. When doing this project to do you want the temperatures to remain above 50 degrees F for 8 hours after the concrete pour and above freezing for 24 hours after that.

Resurfacing concrete is an easy DIY idea and project to do. For this do it yourself home project you want to be sure and take the time to prepare everything for the project to do properly, and allow the concrete resurfacer plenty of time to cure, and the reward will be a garage floor, sidewalk, driveway, or patio that looks like new. Concrete resurfacers is a do it yourself home project that should be looked at as a cosmetic finish, not repair products. If your concrete surface is not structurally sound, then you should not even consider applying a concrete resurfacer until the concrete structural problems have been addressed. Structural problems might be where there are chunks of concrete that have broken away, sunk or lifted. If this is the case then when doing this DIY idea and there is an underlying problem then you will probably need to first replace that section of concrete.

For this do it yourself home project if there are minor cracks or pits in your concrete surface, then resurfacing can be effective as long as you repair the damage first. You want to keep in mind for this diy idea that concrete resurfacers are only reliable to a depth of about 3/8 inch to 1/2 inch. For this DIY idea, you want to first clean the surface of the concrete. It is important that the concrete surface for this do it yourself home project is cleaned of all loose debris. A strong spray from your garden hose may suffice, but a good pressure washing will work for better cleaning. The manufacturers of concrete resurfacers recommend that you power wash the concrete with a 3,500 psi washer. You will also want to be sure and remove any oil stains, paint, or tree sap from the concrete before starting this do it yourself home project. Try this method for cleaning the concrete stains. If that cleaning method fails to get all of the stains out of the concrete, you might consider applying a sealer over the stain.

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