I am writing this article not to bash Thompsons sealer but it has its place and it is not to reseal stamped concrete. Getting more and more emails about problems associated with homeowners using it over there pure acrylic resin based sealers with plain pure acrylic or stironated acrylic. Will not work.
As a matter of fact once on will not come off with any stripper like Zep degreaser, Are you kidding. Home Depot and Lowe’s to name a couple of big chains sell it continually to customers. Trust me once used game over . You might get lucky once and I get homeowners want to save a buck since it’s hard to find people to reseal properly even those who in some cases install stamped concrete.
We have developed over 33 years of installing and repairing stamped concrete a method of resealing that is foolproof.
I don’t respond to inquiries here since I can not follow all the questions asked through word press and although I have used it for years have no clue how to use it fully since it’s above my pay grade. I digress. I can be contacted at Ted@split-rok.com where I can help if needed. This can be a costly mistake if you do not heed this warning.
Also beware not to use water based sealers over resin based sealers. Resealing it might sound odd but it’s not as easy as it might seem. Use the right product and you get the best results.
Split-rok construction owned and operated by Ted Mechnick for over 30 years is now putting a repair package together for contractors interested in repairing all the issues related Stamped Concrete.
It has come to my attention that a lot of bad practices are happening in the industry related poor resealing, poor coloring and in general poor installation. Having seen all issues over my career. I feel it’s time for those like me who have devoted all their efforts in providing only the best product available to step up and learn all the repair tricks I have learned to enhance their bottom line and better support our industry.
Looking for at minimum 6 qualified Stamped Concrete contractors who are interested in signing up to learn what I have over the years and get generated leads from us in your location.
This is a serious opportunity for those who want to learn how to correct your issues and be recognized as I am as a solution guy.
I can be reached at 732-915-6391 for all the details.
I am writing this article to make a case for paying a bit more for your Stamped Concrete or other Decorative Products.
We have recently been repairing many bad stamped concrete jobs done by others due to our 30 plus years of experience. Haven’t found many that I can’t repair unless so bad that removal and replacement is the only option.
Low price will generally guarantee poor quality do to cost cutting by the installer to get the job. The sad part is that low strength concrete, lack of proper reinforcing, poor crack prevention due to lack of control cuts, poor coloring process, poor base and poor sealing application
Sadly the problems don’t show up until the check has cleared or after the first winter freeze when cracks will appear, peeling surface or whitening of sealer. These are but a few issues.
We have recently resealed two of our projects one from 1992 the other from the year 2000 both with no cracks. The one from 1992 even blows me away.
If you were to breakdown the cost over the lifetime of the job and added in the resale appeal I think that even paying $1000 more would be a great investment since stamped concrete will outlast pavers consistently if maintained properly. Resealing in most cases is all that is needed.
Please be advised that after all these years in business that it still amazes me that some Stamped Concrete Contractors have no integrity. It’s not always about the money. You either love doing this or you don’t!
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I have been in the concrete business for over 40 years and if there is one call I never want to receive its a customer calling to ask what they can do about an oil stain on their new driveway. For years we have tried many cleaners and processes hoping they would at minimum reduce the stain.
I am happy to say that finally due to an accident that someone had on a new slab we poured that through researching the internet and the Decorative Concrete Forum I finally have on that works 100% not only on oil but on other concrete stains as well. The attached pictures tell the story. One set of giant stain from someone throwing dirty water on fresh concrete and 18 year old oil stain in my garage.
We are now factory reps for this product. If you have an interest in purchasing this product I can be reached at 732-915-6391
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After. Not rinsed yet. I think it’s amazing with no effort at all.
I generally do not promote products that I use to do my Stamped Concrete but in this case I am making an exception.
We have used L.M. Scofield Company’s color hardener since we have been stamping concrete for the past 30 years. I recently tried other color hardeners to see if we could save some money in purchasing color hardener. BIG MISTAKE.; I will not disclose which ones I used that seriously disappointed me but I can tell you this. Although Scofield is a bit more money there is no comparison to other color hardeners. Coverage is better. No need to double and triple apply like others.
Like the old saying goes. You get what you pay for. Scofield has been in business for 100 years and I guess that stands for something. If your a Contractor or a homeowner insist on Scofield they can’t be matched in my opinion.
I know I’ve covered allot of this material in other blogs on this site but I need to make clear how severe mistakes can become in trying to restore a stamped concrete project that has sealer on it.
Sealers are generally resin based pure resin based or styronated acrylic. They are not compatible with one and other and therefore if you try to go over either with the other you risk what’s called and blushing condition or whitening condition.
We have had the solution to these problems for a few years now and to the best of my knowledge we are the only company here in New Jersey that is effectively restoring stamped concrete jobs green friendly and effectively..
We have tried about all the chemical strippers out there and have found the only solution to be Low pressure water and glass blasting to be the only way to insure a proper solution.
Homeowners continually try to go to home depot etc. and ask for concrete sealer to go back over their stamped concrete and once applied they have created a condition that is only solved by our process.
Sealing and resealing stamped concrete although years ago was a simple process has now been made complex by our EPA demanding the sealer suppliers to change the chemical make up of sealers so they no longer commingle together.
The state of New Jersey has even made the composition more stringent. The result being that companies like mine Split-Rok Construction have to take enormous precautions to assure a good result. Biggest precaution being having to remove sealer on jobs we did not install prior to resealing. This adds dramatically to the cost. Once stripped there is still more to do like recoloring prior to resealing.
Please save yourself the greater expense by calling before you reseal so you don’t have to become a casualty. We stand ready to assess your stamped concrete and this can sometimes be done by sending a few pictures.
I am a phone call away and want to be helpful. For more elaborate assessments or solutions we charge a fee but generally this is not the case.
I hope that I have left all who read this with the thought of how important it is to follow the simple guidelines in properly resealing your stamped concrete. The mistake you make by selecting the wrong person to reseal or haphazardly just put on any old sealer could cost more than money. I could cost you what once was a good looking stamped concrete job into another stamped concrete job that needs to be removed and replaced.
Split-Rok Construction Company http://www.split-rok.com stands ready to assist any way we can. Never hurts to ask before proceeding. Office 732-899-5641
In the Stamped Concrete industry today it has become necessary to remove old sealers prior to resealing particularly if you do not know what was the original sealer. I have tried to strip with chemicals of all types and some are not good for the environment and very messy and can ruin adjacent plants and gardens. Strippers are do not get all the material off and if the slightest amount is left behind you may encounter the same problem after applying new sealer do to incompatibility of sealers.
I am happy to say that I have found an environmentally friendly solution to this problem. The solution id wet Sand, pulverized glass or coal slag blasting with water.
My preference although a bit more expensive is pulverized glass. It gets lost in the surrounding areas and the heavy slurry is easily cleaned up. I do not own a Geoblast machine but have a company I sub out this stage of the work too. He does a great job and I feel is fair with his pricing.
Years of trying other solutions has failed. Look to my article on this site on how to reseal. There is a proper method to this also.