Stamped/Colored Concrete


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Old 05-13-08, 11:58 PM
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Stamped/Colored Concrete

Help! My wife and I are kinda freaking out. We just had a new patio installed with stamped concrete. The color is a light gray base with a dark gray release. Along the perimeter of the patio we had a border put in that is only supposed to be light gray, smooth concrete. Some of the release looks like it splattered all along the border and looks like spots etc. of the dark release. The contractor came a sealed things up prior to us discussing this with him. When we asked him, he said it would eventually fade away. This apparently takes about 30 days, while the concrete is curing. We're a bit hesitant to believe this because it looks really bad.

Is this fading behavior true? Or are we being taken for a ride? If it is a problem, how should I take it up with the contractor?

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Old 05-14-08, 05:18 AM
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Did he seal over the release spots too? If so, he's full of ****. Those spots will not fade out. If that were the case, wouldn't the release on your stamping fade too? Ask him about that and see what he says! He's trying to buy some time and give you the brush-off.
The border needs to have the sealer stripped off of it (chemical stripper or Xylol), then the release spots need to be cleaned off. This is easiest done with a mild muriatic acid/water mix. Then allowed to dry completely and reseal.
If he doesn't do it willingly, as it seems he won't, then threaten him with calling the BBB, Angie's List, his competitors, etc. Mention small claims court. If he values his reputation, he'll come around.
Is the rest of the patio to your satisfaction? Is there a remarkable difference between the light gray, which should be the dominant color, and the dark gray release, or is the patio mostly dark gray/black? It's possible that he just doesn't know the correct way to remove release. It's a fairly common problem among new contractors especially. Good luck.

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Old 05-15-08, 09:22 AM
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Pecos:

Thank you very much for the information. The stamped portion of the concrete itself is just fine. Exposed portions are light grey and the indentations are a medium to dark grey. We talked to him again about the border and he acknowledged that it was incorrectly done and not washed off enough. We used your rationale to discount the fading claim! He is going to try an strip the seal off and re-wash. And, if its not to our liking, he is going to replace the entire border!

Thanks again!

Mike
 
 

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