Phoenix Concrete Repair & Resurfacing.

Phoenix Concrete Repair & Resurfacing.

Belville Concrete Blog

Phoenix Concrete Repair & Resurfacing.

The Concrete Repair Man in Phoenix repairs all concrete surfaces including resurfacing driveway repair. patios, sidewalk, floors, garage floors, entry ways throughout the Phoenix Arizona metro area.

Epoxy Garage Floor Epoxy Coatings with chips.

Driveway Epoxy Coatings with out chips.

There are many reasons to restore a concrete floor; it could have paint on it or an epoxy flooring system, maybe a color of stain that is no longer what you’re looking for.

Concrete is a porous material. Meaning if you had a magnifier you could visually see that it looks like a sponge, of course the holes are much more tiny, but none the less there are holes. Now no matter what is put on the top, some material will always leach down into the pours. This amount of material will not affect the overall look of the finished restoration. however if there is anything on the slab that couldn’t be removed or was passed by, you will see that. Some damage and left on colors can add to the rustic beauty of the old concrete. sort of an industrial look. It’s very popular and fairly cost efficient. It’s a time consuming job that requires patients and good concrete finishing skills.

One thing I’ve learned throughout the many years of doing this for a living, Safety First will save your life and protect people’s property.

  • Ear protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask

It doesn’t matter really what’s on the slab, what matters is getting it off and returning it to original. Most common way to remove anything is either by floor sander or grinder. Some mild cases simply use xylene or a strong paint thinner. That should take off the majority and in the tougher spots a grinder may be the tool you’ll require. The surface has got to be removed by grinding the floor covering in very even slow small circles. The more control you have on the grinder the better the surface will be when you’re done grinding. In some situations a floor sander/ buffer will work and a really great tool is just a floor scraper, if it looks like you can just scrape the bad material away do that first and then it will still need to be ground. Once the surface is free from paints, epoxy, and anything else that would make the project fail, it will need to be cleaned and checked again for areas that were missed or ones that could be hit again with the grinder. It will need this done until no more things can be seen.

Washing it down and making it a dust free environment will make the project absolutely beautiful. A shop vacuum will get most of the dust and bits of cement off of it. It will still have to be washed with a mop and clean water. While mopping its imperative to change the water many times as it has a tendency to smear if you’re not watching and such. Once it’s all finished drying it’s a good Idea to treat the raw slab with a mild muriatic acid treatment, this is 10-1 ratio 10 part water and 1 part acid. Acid is very harmful if improperly used. It’s applied with spray bottle (pump type) in small circular patters a couple of feet above the surface of the concrete. Just like other acids it will need to be neutralized. Neutralization can be achieved by baking soda and a water solution. One box of soda to four to five gallons of water is really all you would need to neutralize a common 10-1 acid ratio. It has to be completely free of acid before anything else can be placed on the surface. Dry time would be one or two days. After that the concrete slab can be sealed with a durable acrylic enamel clear top coat, this will give it a luster and transform that painted floor to a rustic work of art.

If the slab that needs the restoration is in an area that is able to get some heavier equipment, sand blasting is a fast but messy option. This procedure takes a professional with a very good eye for details. To heavy and it will drill holes into the concrete. to lightly and you just see the areas you gone over. It’s a fine balance in combination with sand volume to compressed air. The operator has adjustments in his gun to fan the spray and control both sand and air flow. Homeowners don’t normally perform this but they love the end results. It’s a very smooth finish with very small divot where the carbide granules have bounced off of it creating a pit, like a golf ball just much smaller, this method is used quite often for commercial buildings with concrete walls; it gives the concrete a softer look and feel to the touch.

Phoenix Concrete Repair & Resurfacing.

Belville Concrete Blog

Phoenix Concrete Repair & Resurfacing.

The Concrete Repair Man in Phoenix repairs all concrete surfaces including resurfacing driveway repair. patios, sidewalk, floors, garage floors, entry ways throughout the Phoenix Arizona metro area.

Epoxy Garage Floor Epoxy Coatings with chips.

Driveway Epoxy Coatings with out chips.

There are many reasons to restore a concrete floor; it could have paint on it or an epoxy flooring system, maybe a color of stain that is no longer what you’re looking for.

Concrete is a porous material. Meaning if you had a magnifier you could visually see that it looks like a sponge, of course the holes are much more tiny, but none the less there are holes. Now no matter what is put on the top, some material will always leach down into the pours. This amount of material will not affect the overall look of the finished restoration. however if there is anything on the slab that couldn’t be removed or was passed by, you will see that. Some damage and left on colors can add to the rustic beauty of the old concrete. sort of an industrial look. It’s very popular and fairly cost efficient. It’s a time consuming job that requires patients and good concrete finishing skills.

One thing I’ve learned throughout the many years of doing this for a living, Safety First will save your life and protect people’s property.

  • Ear protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask

It doesn’t matter really what’s on the slab, what matters is getting it off and returning it to original. Most common way to remove anything is either by floor sander or grinder. Some mild cases simply use xylene or a strong paint thinner. That should take off the majority and in the tougher spots a grinder may be the tool you’ll require. The surface has got to be removed by grinding the floor covering in very even slow small circles. The more control you have on the grinder the better the surface will be when you’re done grinding. In some situations a floor sander/ buffer will work and a really great tool is just a floor scraper, if it looks like you can just scrape the bad material away do that first and then it will still need to be ground. Once the surface is free from paints, epoxy, and anything else that would make the project fail, it will need to be cleaned and checked again for areas that were missed or ones that could be hit again with the grinder. It will need this done until no more things can be seen.

Washing it down and making it a dust free environment will make the project absolutely beautiful. A shop vacuum will get most of the dust and bits of cement off of it. It will still have to be washed with a mop and clean water. While mopping its imperative to change the water many times as it has a tendency to smear if you’re not watching and such. Once it’s all finished drying it’s a good Idea to treat the raw slab with a mild muriatic acid treatment, this is 10-1 ratio 10 part water and 1 part acid. Acid is very harmful if improperly used. It’s applied with spray bottle (pump type) in small circular patters a couple of feet above the surface of the concrete. Just like other acids it will need to be neutralized. Neutralization can be achieved by baking soda and a water solution. One box of soda to four to five gallons of water is really all you would need to neutralize a common 10-1 acid ratio. It has to be completely free of acid before anything else can be placed on the surface. Dry time would be one or two days. After that the concrete slab can be sealed with a durable acrylic enamel clear top coat, this will give it a luster and transform that painted floor to a rustic work of art.

If the slab that needs the restoration is in an area that is able to get some heavier equipment, sand blasting is a fast but messy option. This procedure takes a professional with a very good eye for details. To heavy and it will drill holes into the concrete. to lightly and you just see the areas you gone over. It’s a fine balance in combination with sand volume to compressed air. The operator has adjustments in his gun to fan the spray and control both sand and air flow. Homeowners don’t normally perform this but they love the end results. It’s a very smooth finish with very small divot where the carbide granules have bounced off of it creating a pit, like a golf ball just much smaller, this method is used quite often for commercial buildings with concrete walls; it gives the concrete a softer look and feel to the touch.


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