The 800 sq. ft. acid stained patio, walkway and driveway project had several surface preparation challenges to start. Due to ground shifting, age and the driveway in particular being somewhat low lying, areas had broken, chipped and fractured to the point that repair was needed. Before attempting a repair, carefully inspect the areas around the concrete. Check to see that guttering drain spouts are diverted off the concrete and away from the foundation as much as possible. Pooling water often creates spalling and can contribute to future problems even after repairs are made.
The cracks and loose concrete were chipped out and meticulously cleaned using a organic degreaser and water solution before a Concrete Patch was applied to the surface. The patch was sanded down flush with the concrete and a foundation coat of DCI Smooth Gray overlay was applied to create a level surface. After drying, a skim coat was applied and finished with “wake-like” trowel marks.
The overlay was acid stained with a diluted Malayan Buff stain and sealed with a tinted Fiery Orange AC1315 High Gloss Sealer for added color depth and variety. A final coat of AC 1315 High Gloss Concrete Sealer was applied for added durability and longevity.