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Skim Coats & Microtoppings for ConcreteUltra-thin toppings ideal for adding color and texture to new or existing concrete
A stained concrete microtopping adds warmth and richness to a residential floor.Concrete Arts in Hudson,WI
Cement-based microtoppings and skim coats can be used both indoors and out to provide a clean canvas for decorative treatments, such as stains, dyes and stenciled patterns. Some systems come pretinted in a wide range of colors, while others can be custom tinted by mixing in the desired amount of liquid coloring agent. Interesting color variations can be achieved by applying layers of different hues.
Popular applications for microtoppings include adding color, texture and slip resistance to pool decks and patios and giving existing concrete floors a decorative makeover.
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How to install
Microtoppings are easily applied with trowels, squeegees, brushes, or rollers, depending on the desired look. They can be applied in layers as thin as 20 mils (a mere 0.02 inch), or you can apply several coats to create a textured broomed or troweled finish.
The key to success is the proper surface preparation and applying the overlay at the right thickness. After application, a microtopping can be topically colored with concrete stains or dyes. They can also be used in conjunction with stencils to create intricate designs.
Gray Microtopping and Glass Enhance a Concrete Patio
When resurfacing this patio with a charcoal-gray microtopping added drama while making the surface easier to clean and maintain. The dark gray made the perfect backdrop for the ocean-blue glass tile that runs like rivulets through the patio and encircle a fire bowl.
Pool Deck Goes from Boring to Beautiful with Microtopping
This pool deck was transformed with a microtopping polymer with added color.
A Game Room Floor Gets a Winning Surface
This basement floor was resurfaced with a stained microtopping. To achieve a rustic effect the microtopping was applied by trowel and a layering technique was used to apply the various stain colors.
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