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Vol. 4 No. 3 - June/July 2004

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook Coatings and Stains

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook penetrates the surface to stain almost any surfaceThe Concrete Color Maintenance System, from Newlook Coatings and Stains, is a solid-color, water-based stain that penetrates the surface of porous concrete to stain it to almost any color desired. “It’s like integralcolored concrete, only more perfectly colored,” says Sonny Baird, a partner in Newlook.

June 28, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: When To Drain a Pool for Pool Deck Repairs

Outdoor pool with red pool deckTrouble can arise when working beside a filled pool, in all sorts of ways. BBs from a shot blaster, for instance, can get into the water and leave rust stains. To protect pools, some contractors fashion floating drop cloths. Bubble Wrap taped to the tiles can do the trick. Other contractors prefer working on emptied swimming pools.

June 24, 2004
Paper Stencils are a Popular Choice For Fresh Concrete Applications

Stenciled concrete on a pool deckPlastic stencils are generally designed for renovation work, such as overlay or spray applications and they are difficult to float in new concrete applications, This is why paper stencils are often the choice for fresh concrete pours.

June 1, 2004
Concrete Stenciling Fresh-poured Vertical Surfaces

Vertical Stenciled Concrete can be a neat way to bring your design upwardsIf you are stenciling fresh-poured concrete there may be vertical surfaces you also want to stencil, such as step fronts or the lips around the edge of a patio where you may want the pattern to roll over the edge. Various contractors use different techniques to tackle these challenging surfaces.

June 2, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tip: Make Your Concrete Work Stand Out

Concrete design with a one-of-a-kind look makes your work stand out.To make your concrete more distinctive, learn to think out of the box. The trick is to make your work unique and true to you. Put a signature on it.

By Lee Levig
June 10, 2004
How To Use Stencils on Fresh Concrete

Stenciled concrete pathway leads to this home. Stenciled concrete can look more realistic than stamping and is a great option for homes.Stenciling gives a more detailed and realistic finish to fresh concrete than stamping. And there are other advantages to stenciling, as well.

Experts share some “whys” and “hows” for using stencils on fresh concrete.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
June 14, 2004
Restoring Swimming Pool Decks with an Artistic Flair

Updated pool deck with vibrant colors really draws your eye When Chris McMahon sets out to rehabilitate a worn-out pool deck, he’s not satisfied with merely jazzing up the old slab. He likes to reinvent the entire swimming pool environment, using color, texture and elevation.

By David Thompson
June 23, 2004
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.

By George Lee
June 21, 2004
Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete

Iron oxide pigments in yellow, red, brown and black.Not any pigment can be used in concrete. The chemistry of portland cement plus exposure to sunlight and weather can cause most integral concrete colors to fade.

Understanding pigments is the foundation for successful decorative concrete.

By Michael Chusid
July 9, 2004
How To Remove Sealers From Concrete

Removing sealer from a pool deck can be a nightmare, but it is important in the process of lasting concrete applicationsConcrete Sealers can be removed with mechanical means such as sandblasting or grinding. But for many contractors, it's a last resort.

This is probably not your favorite way to spend a day, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil.

By John Strieder
July 15, 2004
Colorado Hardscapes: From Humble Beginnings to a Large Scale Concrete Company

A large scale concrete glove and baseball fits in nicely at the local ball parkColorado Hardscapes of Denver has made it its business to come up with concrete solutions for a wide variety of customers, both commercial and residential.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
June 15, 2004
Manufacturer Profile: Super-Krete International Inc. El Cajon, Calif.

Concrete courtyard finished with a grid pattern achieved with Super Krete productsStarted 25 years ago and specializing in tennis courts construction, Super-Krete went on to develop Liquid Concentrate, a coating product designed to withstand the test of time and last through extreme weather conditions.

By Bruce Hackett
July 5, 2004
Carlton Construction on Set with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Working with Extreme Makover: Home Edition boosted business for Carlton Construction CompanyAsked to do the decorative concrete work for an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, cousins Doug and Scott Carlton thought it sounded like a worthwhile project. Their work on the show, seen by more than 13 million viewers, led to a flurry of media attention in the state of California.

July 19, 2004
Goodstuff Products Multi Surface Urethane

Multi Surface Urethane #275, from The Goodstuff Products, is a water-based, low-odor, low-VOC, clear urethane finish.Multi Surface Urethane #275, from The Goodstuff Products, is a water-based, low-odor, low-VOC, clear urethane finish. Easy to apply and fast-drying, this high-quality finish works well on concrete countertops, floors, ceramic tile, vertical surfaces and other interior and exterior surfaces, including wood and some natural stone.

June 29, 2004