How to Resurface Stamped Concrete
What is Stamped Concrete Resurfacing?
Resurfacing is a process by which a new layer of material is applied onto existing concrete and it helps restore the original look of stamped concrete, making it look like new again. The resurfacing process is also essential when there are cracks or damage on the surface of concrete, as it will help reinforce the surface and prevent further damage.
The process of resurfacing has different options and the type of material used for resurfacing can make a huge difference in the outcome of a project.
Stamped concrete is a surface that offers many benefits for homeowners. The surface is often used in high-traffic areas of a property and it can be used to dress up an area of a property that is less appealing. Stamped concrete can also be resurfaced which will renew the worn surface.
How to Resurface Stamped Concrete
The process of resurfacing stamped concrete is simple; it involves a careful selection of the type of product to be resurfaced, a thorough planning phase and the process for applying the product.
Step 1: Choosing Resurfacing Material
There are different types of resurfacing materials that can be used for resurfacing projects. The type of material used will help determine the appearance of the finished product. Some types of material can be added to old surfaces to create a new smooth look; other types can be applied over existing material without damaging it.
A new surface can be created with a mortar-based resurfacing material. The material will provide a smooth finish that is exposed to weather and foot traffic. Mortar-based materials are commonly used for stucco and brick surfaces.
Another option is to apply a resin-based material. Resin-based materials are usually added to the surface of concrete. The material will provide a smooth surface that is resistant to pebbles, debris or dirt. Resin-based materials offer great protection and each application can last for more than five years.
There are also a variety of sand-based materials available on the market today. These materials are commonly used on surfaces that need more texture, such as walkways and driveways. Sand-based materials can be used to resurface stamped concrete surfaces and the materials will create unique textures on the surface of the concrete.
Step 2: Cleaning the Surface before resurfacing
The surface of stamped concrete should be thoroughly cleaned before resurfacing. Old stains and debris must be removed before resurfacing the surface.
The surface can be cleaned with a pressure washer and some detergent but the cleaning process needs to be done carefully to avoid damaging the surface.
Step 3: Application of Resurfacing Material
The new resurfacing material can be applied with a trowel or a roller. The new material must cover all areas of the existing surface completely. The material will not be properly applied if it is not evenly distributed on the surface.
If applying a mortar-based resurfacing material, the new material must completely replace the existing surface. The stamped concrete should be covered with plastic to protect the surface, and any tools or objects that can hinder the application process must be removed beforehand.
The old surface should be removed using a trowel and a putty knife; care must be taken to remove all traces of existing material on the surface of stamped concrete.
If applying a resin-based material, the new material must completely cover all areas of the old surface. The resurfacing material must be applied with a trowel or roller and care should be taken to avoid making any rough textures on the surface and damaging the stamped concrete.
Here is a list of the different methods to apply to resurface material to a stamped concrete surface.
- The first step is covering the stamped concrete surface with sand or a sealing material. The sand or sealing material will prevent dirt from sticking to the resurfacing product.
- Add the resurfacing material to the surface of the stamped concrete and spread it with a shovel. The layer of resurfacing material will protect the concrete from dirt and debris.
- Wait for the finish to cure before applying any cleaning products on it, such as soap or detergent. The curing process can take 12 to 24 hours, depending on weather conditions and the type of material used.
Step 4: Removal of Resurfacing Material
T After the resurfacing material has cured, you can start cleaning the surface of the stamped concrete. Here is a list of different methods to clean resurfaced stamped concrete.
- Start by cleaning the surface with a power washer. Power washing will remove dirt and debris from the surface of the concrete. The high-pressure water will also remove any residue that is still attached to the surface after it has been resurfaced.
- After the surface is clean, you can start cleaning it with a damp towel. The damp towel will remove any dirt that was left behind from the power washing process.
Step 5: Cleaning the Surfaces After Resurfacing
It is important to remove any residue left on the surface of stampedcrete that came off during the resurfacing process. The residue will prevent the new surface of the stamped concrete from properly bonding to the sub-base.
It is also important to thoroughly clean the exterior of the house. The surfaces that were used for resurfacing should be cleaned using a pressure washer and some detergent. The surfaces must be cleaned before the new surface of the stamped concrete has time to bond to it.
Stamped concrete should be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis in order to prevent dust, molds or mildew from growing. Here are some maintenance tips for resurfacing stamped concrete:
- The concrete surface should be cleaned on a regular basis. Cleaning will remove soil and debris that has been deposited or collected on the surface of the concrete.
- The entryway should be swept every week to prevent dirt from accumulating on the surface of the concrete.
- Dirt should be removed with a pressure washer to prevent it from scratching or damaging the stamped concrete surface.
- Keep the stamped concrete surface clean and dry. Do not allow the surface to get rained on for extended periods of time.
- If there is a lot of dirt or debris on the stamped concrete, use a power washer to remove them from the surface. Be careful not to damage the concrete with the high-pressure water.
How to Make Stamped Concrete Look Like New?
Resurfacing will renew the appearance of stamped concrete and there are several options available for resurfacing projects on both homes and commercial properties.
Resurfacing stamped concrete can be a simple process that provides a new look to the surface of the concrete and can help prevent future cracks from appearing.
Many options are available for resurfacing projects, just remember to use caution when resurfacing, and make sure to clean off any old residue left on the surface of stamped concrete before applying the new material.
Many people might not realize that resurfacing of stamped concrete is an important process that should be done often. Resurfacing can help bring the original appearance of stamped concrete back and can protect the surface from damage.
It is also important to remember that resurfacing stamped concrete is different from priming it and there are several methods for resurfacing stamped concrete surfaces.
The most common method of resurfacing stamped concrete is using an application like Stonemaster that is applied with a trowel.
How to Change the Color (Recolor) of Stamped Concrete?
Stamped concrete isn’t always grey. There are many different colors for stamped concrete, including red, brown, green, and black. The following will show you how to change the color of stamped concrete so it is not so dark or monochromatic.
Changing your stamped concrete color is easy! Here are some basics on how to do that:
- -The average cost of recoloring the stamped is around $ 0.5 per square foot. The cost for a DIY recolors and seal stamped concrete project is about $0.32 per sq. ft. The easiest product to use to change stamped concrete color is our Antiquing Stain. The stain cost about $0.15 per square foot
- -If you are in need of a specific color that the concrete company doesn’t carry, you can get special mixes for that type of concrete. There is some variation in the additives and additives levels in these mixes due to possible chemical changes after being mixed together.
- -Always wear eye and hearing protection when changing any colors.
- -It’s best to do it on a cool day, because the stamped concrete will probably be more pliable.
- -Mixing the coloring does not need heat. You can mix it in your driveway.
- -It’s best to clean the sealer off first, so you can see what you are doing.
- -Always make sure the concrete is dry before changing color.
- -It’s important to keep the sealer on all surfaces, because it will hold the color for a long time. If you lose that sealer, your changed color will become a dull gray color.
- -Once you have your new color, it’s best to seal it all over again so the color sticks.
- -The coloring used in this process should have been tested for both environmental and health safety by an independent testing facility.
- -You can buy all sorts of colors at your local paint store or hardware store, including paint strippers, which you can use for free if you want to strip the previous color off first.
- -Be sure you are using the correct paint for concrete.
- -Be sure you know the ratio of water to concrete coloring.
- -The color of concrete can be changed often if desired with these products. It is suggested to wait 3 months between each application, but it is not necessary.
Now that you know the basics, you can go get started! Here is how to change the color of stamped concrete:
Step 1: Prepare your work space.
Before you do anything else, be sure to protect all nearby plants with sheets and tarps. You don’t want this paint to get on any plants! Also set aside some old newspapers or rags in which to put all the old paint. You can use painters’ tape to protect the areas around the concrete that you want to keep the original color.
Step 2: Painting time!
Put on your eye and hearing protection, and paint on your new color. It is best to use a roller for this, but you can also use a paint brush. Just don’t forget to make it even, otherwise you will have spots of old or new paint. Let dry for two hours.
Step 3: Clean up the mess.
After you are done painting, be sure to clean up all the mess and get rid of any leftover paint. You can put old newspapers or rags in a trash bag and throw them away. And that’s it! Simple as that, you now have a new color on your stamped concrete. Good work!
Step 4: Final step.
After you are finished with the color change, be sure to seal it with an acrylic concrete sealer for protection. This will make sure the concrete lasts longer and keeps its color. To keep the color for a longer time, you can even buy a concrete paint that is meant to stain the surface of the concrete. It will help it look like brand new after a while!
Can You Stamp Concrete Without Color?
The stamped concrete primary color achieved with color hardener or integral color is vital, but the secondary color can be just as important. Stamped concrete’s secondary or antiquing color is what gives it the appearance of brick, tile, or wood. Stamped concrete without secondary color appears unnatural and unappealing.
How Much Does it Cost to Color Concrete?
The price of coloring concrete varies greatly. Most decorative concrete contractors charge between $2 and $4 per square foot for a simple application of a single stain color with sealer and limited surface prep.
As mention above, the cost for a DIY recolors and seal stamped concrete project is about $0.32 per sq. ft. The easiest product to use to change stamped concrete color is our Antiquing Stain. The stain cost about $0.15 per square foot.
How Much Does Stamped Concrete Resurfacing Cost?
A resurfacing contractor can charge between $3 and $10 per square foot, depending on the quality of the existing concrete, the resurfacing method used, and local prices. Small residential developments are more expensive per square foot and may be subject to a minimum fee.
Stamped Concrete Resurfacing Cost Per Square Foot
|Rates per Square Foot
|For 10×10 Area
|$4 – $8
|$400 – $800
|$3 – $8
|$300 – $800
|Patio or walkway
|$4 – $8
|$400 – $800
|$3 – $7
|$300 – $700
Is Stamped Concrete Slippery?
Stamped concrete is prone to being slippery, particularly when wet. Stamped concrete used to finish patios becomes slippery when compared to other forms such as polished concrete and is therefore not appropriate for use around swimming pools. Sealers are often used to increase the surface traction of stamped concrete.