Engraving existing concrete


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Old 03-05-08, 01:40 PM
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Engraving existing concrete

What are the experiences with engraving, staining and sealing existing concrete?

There are some tools and training available that lead me to think I could do my own.
 
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Engraving existing concrete

Deep engraving (1/4"+), like numbers, names, etc. is frequently done by sand blasting.
 
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Old 03-05-08, 05:31 PM
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look for engrave-a-crete,,,

on ebay,,, guys're constantly selling their equip AFTER paying retail,,, its an excellent craft but the learning curve's not short,,, contact me off-list for more info,,, be glad to help UNLESS you live near me

there're LOTSA tools & training avail, yes,,, most every mtl/equip supplier'll tell you anything to make the sale,,, but the REAL test's what happens AFTER you bought it & run into trouble,,, yes, if you're a h/o-diy, you could - buy a 4" grinder, some assort'd thickness conc blades, & have at it.
 
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Old 03-09-08, 06:34 AM
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other tools

I'm glad someone else has heard of engrave-a-crete. I have been looking at their impactor (pecker) tools. They call them kaleido-crete.

I am very tempted to try at least one of them to do some flagstone on my concrete. The middle one really looks like something I could handle in the beginning. That shouldn't have such a long learning curve.

DH already has those little blades you can put onto a grinder. I want more free abstract design, again, the flagstone concept.
 
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Old 03-10-08, 04:21 AM
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read it again,,,

lotsa guys've heard of it/them but question why they're selling AFTER buying it,,, conc resurfacing's our work & we do our engraving w/4" grinders, strapping tape, & adhesive-back'd tape.

i think e-a-c equip is very well-design'd & built - far be it from me to stand between them & someone who wants to buy,,, but we've been doing this for over 35yrs & don't own any yet.

just a suggestion - buy a needle scaler & practice 1st - once you cut the ' flagstone ' shapes ( random ? ), how will you color 'em ?

here's 1 place to ask - http://www.decorativeconcreteforums.com/forum.php

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made my choice

Thanks for the input. Isn't this the way of DIYers.

I like the EAC cutter, called a mongoose. Easier to learn than I thought and has safety factors that accommodate an older woman. This is for more geometric cutting.

I chose the Barracuda and Wasp for cutting the Flagstone, which is for me, yes, a more random pattern than brick or cobblestone.

Still practicing. What do you use for the color/stain on the flagstones?
 
 

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