Concrete Countertop Sealer Problem

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Old 12-16-18, 09:32 AM
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Concrete Countertop Sealer Problem

We had a concrete countertop installed less than a year ago and the surface immediately started to deteriorate. Name:  Counter.jpg
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I am preparing to repair it using a wet polisher and Tuff Duck Concrete Countertop Sealer. With absolutely no experience, it appears straight forward enough, but undoubtedly building experience will prove that incorrect.
I have no idea what happened the first time but the business that installed it is gone and there are no others in the area. There are lots of instructions on the Internet, and most seem to agree. I am wondering what could have caused the initial product to deteriorate so quickly and if there is something specific I should do and may not have noticed to avoid making the same error. Or any errors for that matter.
 
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Old 12-16-18, 03:51 PM
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I've found that any product on the surface of a counter will quickly get scratched or worn through. It's a very tough environment. Penetrating sealers/oils seem to be more reliable but will probably require occasional re-application.
 
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Old 12-17-18, 08:28 AM
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Thanks Pilot Dane

I will buy a better wet polisher and a larger container of sealer.
 
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Old 12-19-18, 08:31 PM
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Not a concrete pro but my experience has been that kind of issue is often a sign of a bad poor and is likely to continue.
 
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Old 12-20-18, 12:54 AM
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What could create a bad pour? Temperature? Incomplete curing?
They looked great on installation and the problems are no deeper than the sealer so I thought removing and replacing the sealer would solve the problem.
Are you recommending the counters will need to be replaced to resolve the issue?
 
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Old 12-20-18, 12:31 PM
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If the surface of the concrete is deteriorating, how is a sealer going to fix that? Or is what I'm seeing in your picture just in the sealer level?
 
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Old 12-20-18, 01:26 PM
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It's only as thick as the sealer. It's thinner than chipped paint from a car. The effect is reduced substantially when wiped with a wet cloth...until it dries.

Thanks for your help.
 
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From your photo it appears to only be a sealer issue. The concrete underneath looks good. I certainly wouldn't rip it out without first trying removing the old coating and going with a new sealer or oil.
 
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My bad, misread the original question and thought the concrete was problematic
 
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Old 12-22-18, 12:53 AM
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Thanks folks. All I have to do now is the work.
 
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