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Old 03-04-2011, 10:01 PM   #1
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Great Site, ran across it trying to find some answers on Quickete 5000 cure time.

I'm redoing my master bath & figured I'd give concrete counter tops a try. This is my second attempt, I used regular Quickete the first time & it proved to be rather un durable.

Round two is a 2.5" thick by 22" wide x 55" long countertop. & I used Quickete 5000. Rebar and a wiregrid were used for re-enforcement. This time I kept the Quickete 5000 "hydrated" and covered w/ plastic during curing.


So my questions:
1. It will be stained dark, do I need to polish?
2. How about sealing it, can I use some kind of varnish or polyurethane ?
3. It was poured on 2/27, can I hand sand it with a real high grit sandpaper IE 800 grit?
4. I really don't want the face to break apart like the first attempt, I'm hoping keeping it damp and covered will help
5. Quickete 5000 is infused with fiber, I can see some of the fibers at the surface, will they sand off without too much trouble?

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Welcome to the forum!

I'll move your post for a better response......

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Well second time was the charm, in retrospect the trowel method was alot of work & upside down method looks alot easier. How about stain suggestions, can I get this locallly IE home depot or lowes. Same applies for a sealer any suggestions?

https://picasaweb.google.com/fear.0....eteCountertop#

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Old 03-07-2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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Looks pretty cool.
Is that the finished product?
How are you going to move it?
Please keep the pics coming, I for one can't wait to see the end result.
I would like to try this myself.

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Thanks!

I've done some further wet sanding. But its pretty close. I'm looking for some pointers on stain & sealer. Also just how smooth should it be before it's stained?

As far as moving? I flipped it up myself after breaking it out of the form. I figure two more buddies and I should be able to move it.
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The stains I'm familiar with go in the concrete mix.

You can burn off the fibers that are exposed through polishing.
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fn,

There is more than one way to color or stain concrete. As mentioned color can be added when mixing. Another is a coating that is painted on and some people call it a stain.

The true way is to use an acid-etch stain. Using acid-etch stain works on a chemical reaction to what's in the concrete mix and I think is the absolute best look of them all. There are several sealers/coatings also available depending on what you desire.

Need more information about your intentions.
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Hi Bud...

I'd like to go with a dark brown color with a glossy finish. I've poured a few test pieces so I can test the result before doing the whole counter top. Is there somewhere I can get small sample before committing to a color? I've looked on Home Depot and Lowes websites, with little success.
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Sorry but I have to say that you and your buddies better put your jock straps on. You'll have a counter top that will laast a long tiime.
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Is there somewhere I can get small sample before committing to a color?
Yow I think so.
Gaye Goodman specializes in acid stained (etched) concrete. Check out her website. I think I saw a place there to buy small samples. She can supply you with sources for everything you need.

Check out her forum for accurate advice on concrete staining. Don't leave us in the dark tho, please check back so we know what you have decided.

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concretenetwork.com, decorativeconcreteforums.com, concretelocator.com
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concretenetwork.com, decorativeconcreteforums.com, concretelocator.com

mea culpa - forgot fishstone - concretecountertopdesign.com - apologies !
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Well its been a month & still no stain.
Gaye Goodman - helpful but doesn't sell stain, she recommended White Cap. They had no interest in selling anything to me.
concretelocator.com - forum site
decorativeconcreteforums.com - promising
www.concretenetwork.com - promising

The Big box HW stores, Home Depot/Lowes look at you with glazed eyes when you ask about stain for concrete countertops. Still looking for a place where I can get a sampler pack of stain without paying a small fortune.

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did i recommend gaye ? she's nutz we'd use kemiko before ANYTHING decorative from white cap,,, try http://shop.thestampstore.com/ (doug bannister) OR http://www.murraydecorative.com/default.html (mike murray) i like both but mike supplies more brand names while doug features many private labels

stay OUT of sherwin-williams,,, they'll just point to the h & c display which s/w owns &, after that, their eyes glaze over, too apron/vest store guys are meant to be helpful, NOT knowledgeable, as management won't invest the nec $$$ to train them - its not worth it - not personal, just business,,, feel free to use my name - especially w/mike UNLESS he still hates me if you still have trouble, send me an e & we'll help out w/e-crete's sample pack - think its $ 30 or $ 40
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You're going to pay a fair amount to have acid shipped to you through the mail or UPS. I'd recommend trying to find it at a local concrete supplier. Many ready-mix concrete plants have a supply division as well.

I usually only use Butterfield color for my acid, but here's a link to a "distributor locator" for LM Scofield, which is basically the same product:

http://sales.scofield.com:8691/

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