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Bill Palmer

Author Bill Palmer, Columnist

Most of the things we've already learned about mix design apply to decorative concrete, although there are some nuances to understand. And, decorative concrete experts don't always agree, so I'll give you the various arguments and let you decide.

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Learn about which mixes should be used for stamping, staining, and overlays.— Length: 01:02

In his book, "Guide to Stamped Concrete," Bob Harris emphasizes "the importance of partnering with your ready-mix supplier," who can help you get the mix you need for a given application and condition. You can find a ready mix supplier in your area to assist you in getting the right mix. He also notes that trial and error is, unfortunately, often the best teacher.