Concrete resurfacing, whether it’s a driveway, pools deck or patio is easy with a thin layer of cement based material known as a micro topping or skim coat. Micro topping concrete overlays can by applied with a trowel, magic trowel or sprayed with a hopper gun using various techniques to produce a wide variety of textures. Integrally coloring, dying or staining the overlay material and use of a stencil opens a huge variety of creative options.
Stencils and coloring applied to freshly resurfaced concrete make attractive landscape features of driveways, footpaths and outdoor entertainment areas. There are a great many stencils for decorative concrete available. Some of the most common stencils are designed to reproduce the look of tile, brick or stone and often require less time and effort to create a natural effect than the traditional method of stamping concrete.
Contact your Duraamen representative to learn more about the products used in this video series including color options and stencil patterns.
Resurfacing Pool Decks, Driveways and Patios
In this instruction how-to video series, Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute, demonstrates how to use a stencil pattern in concrete to create a natural stone look. These techniques can be used when resurfacing driveways, pool decks, patios, and other outdoor concrete features quickly and economically.
Video 1: Bob demonstrates the application of primer (CP 1000) and the importance of double priming the concrete substrate. This video also shows mixing and applying a concrete micro topping (Skraffino).
Video 2: Tinting concrete micro toppings and trowelling a second coat for added texture.
Video 3: Bob demonstrates integral coloring, trowelling a skim coat (Skraffino) to create texture and using a stencil to create an organic, natural looking finish.
Video 4: Bob sprays tinted micro topping (Skraffino white regular) with a hopper gun, over a stencil to produce the stamped concrete look. He finishes the project by applying a clear acrylic sealer (Perdure A01).