Concrete

Stain or Paint my driveway ?

Posted in Colouring, Concrete, Driveway, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Ron Turnbull

In April or May I want to paint or stain my driveway which looks bland.
Would take 10 – 12K to replace :-((
The house was built back in 1971 and the driveway is concrete but has a rough “tamped rough finish”.
I hear conflicting info regarding painting or staining the concrete.
Can you advise me – should I paint or stain ?
There are 2 cars sitting on the driveway.
Can you recommend a product of yours that would be best suited and how best to apply it.

I would forget about painting, the paint will start to wear off after a few months.

Staining on the other hand (as long as the prep is done correctly) soaks into the concrete to form a permanent bond.

I would suggest using the Solid colour stain (link below) as this is the quickest and easiest way to brighten up tired looking concrete.

For Prep, mixing and application please review the videos section on the site.

Solid Colour Stain (SOLID)

Drew Palin

concrete staining

Posted in Colouring, Concrete, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Meriem

I would like to acid stain a concrete floor that has been grounded with 200 grit pads and densified, will the adseals smart color dye work on the concrete?

For the Smartcolour stains to work properly the concrete need to be porous enough for the stain to soak in. Please look at the videos section on www.adsealcolours.co.uk, the last video shows you what you need to look for in regards to the prep.

Drew Palin

Colouring and staining

Posted in Concrete, FAQ, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Sam Butler

I have recently made a concrete table for use inside. I was looking at possibly using your smart stain to make it a darker shade as it didn’t really come out as dark as I had liked. Wondered what it was like to use on new works. Also was looking at your polyeurethene gloss sealer. Was just looking for some advice really.

Yes the Smart colour will be ok to use and the High gloss PU will give a very nice gloss finish.

In regards to the prep work you will need to acid wash and profile the surface to remove any dusty material from the surface and to increase the porosity (there are a couple of videos on the website to show you what to look for when prepping the surface).

Smart Colour Stain (SMART)

Eco Acid [profiler] (EA)

High-gloss Polyurethane Sealer (HGPU)

Drew Palin

Thompson water seal removal

Posted in Colouring, Concrete, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Simon

We’re looking for a product that we can use to remove Thompson water seal from some concrete coping stones. Were also looking for a product that can stain or coat them to be a dark grey (close to ral 7016)

It might be worth contacting Thompsons direct to see what the recommend to remove it, the only solution we have that will remove it is the Easystrip 1000

EasyStrip 1000 Coating Remover (ES1000)

As for the colour the Solid colour stain in Charcoal will be the best to use.

Solid Colour Stain (SOLID)

Please view the videos section for advice on preparation and application.

Drew Palin

Adseal for paved patio

Posted in Concrete, FAQ, Patio, Paving, Stone, Weeds   

This question was asked by
Philip Tagg

I have a paved patio which has stone or concrete slabs and in need of protection from stains and general annual growth. Can you advise what is the best product in your range to use?

If you are uncertain whether the flags are stone or concrete I would recommend using our Stone and Slate Protector (link below), this will be ok to use on either surface.

Stone and Slate Protector (SSP)

Drew Palin

Resin bound stone

Posted in Concrete, FAQ, Resin Stone   

This question was asked by
Steve Varden

If I were to cover my concrete driveway with resin bound stone, would I be able to park a 4,500kg Mercedes Sprinter based motorhome on it without it sinking in?

As long as it is being laid on concrete and as long as the installation is done correctly it will be fine to park the motorhome on.

Drew Palin

cured concrete colour

Posted in Colouring, Concrete, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Mike thomas

i want to add some colour to some outside cured concrete on a roadway in a green or brown which would be the best product

It really all depends on what you are looking for as the finished product. If you are just looking for a solid uniform colour the the best one to use would be the Solid colour stain (link below), if you are wanting a more translucent or mottled colour or to have a few colours together then the Smartcolour would be best.

Solid Colour Stain (SOLID)

Smart Colour Stain (SMART)

Drew Palin

Concrete stain

Posted in Concrete, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Carly

How long does the concrete need to have been laid before the Endura Faux Fusion stain is applied?

Concrete needs to have been down a minimum of 30 days before applying a coating to the surface, it is also recommended to acid wash the surface to remove any weak or loose material from the surface to ensure a good bond.

Drew Palin

Concrete waterproofer

Posted in Concrete, External Sealants, FAQ, Garage Floors, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Andrew Morris

We have cast a garage base 2 weeks ago alas labourer forgot admixture so looking for a penetrating concrete sealer as a waterproofer from rising damp, therefore can you recommend any of your sealers to fill the voids ?

Pretty much any of the sealers will help to stop damp, I have put links to 2 different products, the first is our most popular solvent based sealer for concrete surfaces, the second is a water based based option (no harmful chemicals or strong smell).

Either will be fine to use.

Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP (BPCSP)

Water Based Sealer Gloss (WB34)

Drew Palin

Kitchen worktop.

Posted in Concrete, FAQ, Internal Sealants, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Alan R

I have a concrete kitchen table and am looking for a sealer to give it some protection from stains and heat. What is the best product you have that you could recommend that I use.

For the best protection, I would recommend using the High Gloss PU sealer, this will offer the best protection against stains and spills, it is fairly heat resistant but I wouldn’t recommend placing pans directly from the hob on to the sealer.

http://www.adseal.info/high-gloss-pu.html

Drew Palin