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Old 06-07-2009, 09:32 AM   #181
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Looking good. Keep the photos coming.

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Old 06-07-2009, 05:35 PM   #182
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Grinding

starting with 50grit.. i worked my way up to 400 grit. then i sprayed with water. this is what you see. the surface is extremely smooth (and still have more grinding to go!).

the cloudy surface & greenery is just a reflection of the sky and trees etc.. the horseshoe however is real








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SLURRY

next i mix up special slurry mix, to the consistency of peanut butter. its basically the same cement stuff, but without any rocks. i use this fill in any of the microscopic holes in the surface and any larger gaps (mostly around the edges). the large gaps are from air that got trapped in the cement.

just cover the entire surface with this stuff and let it dry for 2 days. then.. back to grinding.

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slurry application. see you again in 2 days.

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Looks good, is the brown objects a type of quartz?
No worries about the concrete rusting out the horshoe?
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looking awesome.. dam the reflection of you taking the picture really shows how nice it is coming out.

I want to start mine right away but since I dont even have the electral or plumbing ran yet dont think I will be starting. Thanks for the inspriation though.

What brand is the grinder? was it an ebay item or bought local> would you recomend it other than the water supply coming off? Id be ok with the hose.
Cant believe your putting us off for 2 more days. I used to hate "to be continued" Movies---- I hate this worse!
Keep up the good work... Like the color. You'll have to post the recipe: ratio of quick-crete to water to color....any other additives??
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That's sweet...thanks for taking the pictures...and it looks AWESOME! Can't wait to see the finished product...
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no fears of rust. the countertop gets sealed with a food safe sealer.

the formula is in the book which you can get for free from the library. look up "concrete counterops" by fu-tung cheng. the additives are dry pigment, polypropolyne fibers, water reducer. for me, i just bought the pre-mixed bag from same pro so i could focus on other challenges. this being my first time, i wanted to pick/chose the battles.

the large decorative rocks (and small ones too) are all "tiger eye" stones from africa, purchased on ebay. the big stones were $3ea + shipping.

the variable speed wetgrinder is a must. i wouldn't recommend the tool i got.. unless you plan on doing just one countertop. who wants to buy a tool that breaks? on the other hand, i got all the grinding pads & tool new for $250 i think so .. can't complain too much.

you need a variable speed wetgrinder that has max of about 3000rpm, and min 500rpm. my grinder is max 8000rpm, so its obviously not meant for this. also, i have 3" diameter grinding pads. this means it takes a long time to grind the surface...

1 more day to go..

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Slurry tip:

so i grinded off the 1st slurry application and found that the micro-holes were about 75% filled. i was hoping for better than that. so i decided to put on another coat.

again with the recommended 3" plastic spatula.. this method sux. then i found a new method, and the reason for this post. i just worked the slurry mix in my gloved hand and then pressed it into the cement with the heal of my hand and smeared it around. FAST! and great coverage. i did 22 sq ft. with just 1/4 of the bag of slurry using this method, and it took maybe 10 minutes tops.

another tip.. if you didn't buy your slurry mix (like i did) but rather made your concrete from scratch you can make your own slurry. just make the concrete mix again (don't need that much) using the same ingredients. then just push the mix through a siv to get the slurry consistency with no rocks.

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Knucklez, I feel for you with all of them additives. Maybe I'll take pics and post when I do the countertop mix. Did you add additional color to the gray, maybe the liquid quickrete color? I want to go a little darker then normal, but seeing yours.....

It was also recommended to me to use beeswax for the sealer. You will have to reapply it as it dulls in areas but it's completely non-toxic, cheaper and easy to work with. Though it may be tough seeing that hi finish of yours

Sanding mud now......prime.....travertine....vanity....then Countertop, yeah! I've gotten good at the drywall and mud even though I detest it.
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i am using the pro recommended products. i use his sealer and his wax. i just follow the instructions, simple.

the colouring of my concrete was dictated by the mix supplied by the pro. i didn't add anything to make it darker. i added only decorative stones, big & small.

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looking fantastic I wish I was brave enough to do something like that.
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Jenn, you can do it!

all told, this 22sq ft. 2" thick countertop cost me $700. this is a risk, but as you have read in my posts there seems to be a WIDE margin of error in this process.

the hardest part of project has been reinforcing the cabinets. everything else is totally do-able for DIY'er.

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I'd love to do one for my outside bar
It's 3'x10'
But $$ is not in the cards

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