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- Epoxy Coatings
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- Spray-Down Toppings
- Polishable Overlays
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- Preparing Concrete for Resurfacing
- Getting Concrete Ready for Resurfacing
- Reducing Bond Failures Caused by Moisture-Vapor Transmission
- Don't Let Water Vapor Delaminate Your Overlay: How to seal concrete before an overlay
- How-To Tips for Installing Concrete Overlays
- How to Install an Overlay
- Answers to Common Questions About Concrete Overlays: Advice from expert Chris Sullivan
- How to Add Color to Concrete Overlays
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- Decorative Concrete Overlays: A primer of the various overlay types and the decorative possibilities with each
- Vertical Concrete Overlays: Lightweight cement-based overlays mimic stone, brick, and other wall textures
Spray-Down Concrete ToppingsAn easy way to give concrete floors, patios & pool decks a decorative, skid-resistant finish
Versatile and easy to apply, spray-down concrete systems offer a wide array of finish options. Usually they are sprayed evenly onto concrete with an air-powered hopper gun, but they can also be applied as a splatter coat to create a textured, slip-resistant surface or "knocked down" with a trowel to create a smoother finish. They are very similar to microtoppings in that they are thin, but differ in that they usually contain more sand and provide a rougher, grittier finish.
A spray-applied overlay adds color and texture to a concrete walkway. Concrete Solutions in San Diego, CA
These systems are often used for concrete pool decks and patios to give them a decorative slip-resistant finish. They also are a good option for high-traffic interior floors because of their durability, low cost, ease of application, and range of patterns and colors. A popular decorative technique is to use paper or adhesive stencils to produce designs such as borders and medallions, tile patterns, and embossed or inlaid motifs.
How to install
Spray-down toppings are usually applied by a hopper gun under pressure. The type of finish (knock-down, orange peel or smooth) depends on the spray pattern and method of spray application. If stencils are being used, a base coat of material is applied and then the stencils are adhered to the floor, followed by the application of a second color coat. Finally, a sealer is applied to protect the surface and enhance the color.