How Do I Make My Own Concrete Resurfacer for Driveway and Sidewalk?

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How Do I Make My Own Concrete Resurfacer for Driveway and Sidewalk?

Hi. I have been using Quikrete's Top and Bond to repair some cracks in my driveway and sidewalk.

After I complete repairing the cracks, I would like to resurface the driveway and sidewalk because they are showing signs of wear.

The instructions from the Top and Bond suggest that the product can be used to resurface concrete driveways and sidewalks. However, at $15 a bag, it seems like it would be expensive to use the Top and Bond to resurface that area.

I read that you can make your own resurfacer by purchasing Sand Mix, and 1 bag of portland cement for each 10 bags of Sand Mix. Buy 1 gallon of Mortar additive (acrylic, not latex) per 10 bags of sand mix. Mix in proportion and resurface your patio.

Does that ratio sound right to you? Would I need to add water to the mix, because otherwise it would seem to thick. Agree?

Can I resurface the driveway and sidewalk in sections? Can I paint the resurfacer over the existing driveway and sidewalk? Would I just use a thick paint brush?

Thanks for your advice.
 
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Don't try to resurface an entire driveway with bags, of anything & a paint brush. You'll kill yourself like that. Post some pics of your driveway & we'll see if we can recommend anything.
 
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I agree, resurfacer can be used on steps, porches, etc...but driveways...no way.
 
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Hi Gunguy45. Is a resurfacer not recommended for a driveway because of the frequency that we use the driveway?
 
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Yeah, it's the traffic and the weight. I know the package may say different, but the Pro's here say otherwise, and I trust them more than a label.
 
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having no idea of the cracks' widths, so unable to comment on whether or not you picked right material &/OR recommended crack repair method,,, my guess, based on reading the rest of your post, is you didn't,,, but that's done & you'll find time to repair them some day later on

we resurface concrete -driveways, patios, pool decks, restaurants, park bicycle pathways - whenever/wherever there's a conc surface,,, typically i pay $45 for a 50# premixed 'just add water' hybrid-polymerized white cement/silicon carbide dry mix,,, true, there are other materials i can buy for much less ( cts is $20 - same # ),,, i also know the life of the 1st compared to any others,,, since gung's adamant it can't be done, he may be basing that opinion on having seen the results of using the cheap stuff - your home grown mix included

but if you think $15b is expensive, i'll stop now
 
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Hi Stadry. What is the name of the product you use an where can you buy it? Thanks.
 
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you can't buy it unless you're a trained & licensed installer - elitecrete,,, altho, for the $, cts is also decent
 
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