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shapeshifter 03-24-2007 06:12 PM

To ConcreteMasonry
A few years ago, a 'friend' textured our concrete slab and 'stained' it.

Now he is no where to be found [duh.]

The texture varies [high/low, lots in some spots, other spots completely smooth] throughout the space.

The stained surface is wearing off, leaving areas that are either completely white, or look like a bottle of bleach has been dumped on it.

What options might be available to a DIYer to reclaim the floor? I'm not opposed to the texturing and staining, but what is there is not working.


Tscarborough 03-24-2007 08:12 PM

I am not he, but the deal with stained and textured concrete is thus: You stain the concrete to achieve a color. You then seal the stain to protect it. You must then protect the sealer with wax, since it is much easier to strip and re-wax a floor than it is to re-seal it.

It sounds as though your floor was stained and sealed, and the sealer has reached it's normal lifespan without the protection of wax.

Your alternatives are to strip the sealer, clean the floor, re-seal it and then apply wax (multiple coats, the more the better), or to start over from scratch.

concretemasonry 03-24-2007 10:36 PM

Glad TS caught this before me since he knows more about stains, seals and architectural treatment.

shapeshifter 03-25-2007 05:03 PM

TY both for responding.

Is there a way to remove all the finish, smooth and even out some of the texture and then start over with the stain, seal-coat and wax?

Could you somehow wet-grind the floor down?

I'll try to post a picture, but believe me, it won't be pretty. :(

Tscarborough 03-25-2007 05:24 PM

A photo would certainly help.

shapeshifter 03-26-2007 06:43 PM

Warning, viewer discretion is advised.
The following images are for mature audiences only. :laughing:

Here are a couple of images of the floor. It was supposed to look like terra cotta tile. Maybe I wouldn't mind the texture so much if the color was more consistent. I spoke with my husband and we both understood that the waxing was an option, not a necessity. So, yes, we are probably responsible for most of the outcome. Now we need a solution.

Tscarborough 03-26-2007 08:13 PM

One closeup would be better, but I can get the gist from those. Is there any way to find out exactly what sealer he used originally? I will tell you that removing most sealers is not a fun task, but with some, simply recoating it will rectify most of the issues.

shapeshifter 03-27-2007 01:11 PM

We do not have any of the sealer so we do not know what type/brand was used. Any other suggestions? Can we get back down to the cement somehow?

Tscarborough 03-27-2007 07:48 PM

It is almost easier to break it out than it is to remove most concrete sealers. Could you take a closeup(2-3 feet) of one of the white areas?

shapeshifter 03-27-2007 09:15 PM

I will work on it. Having upload issues :furious:

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