Concrete surface came out rough. Needs a coat?


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Old 02-26-22, 08:51 AM
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Concrete surface came out rough. Needs a coat?

Hello, a friend and I (both amateurs) did 100 sq of sidewalks two days ago.
The surface looks rough and also parts water pools. My friend thinks it's good enough.
(I know. Really amateurish. I listened to a friend who claimed to be an expert.)
My question: Can I make it smooth with a coating of some kind? I am looking for a method with minimal effort having already spent so much time on this project.
I found this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnni21S9P2w. about about Sakrete Flo-Coat. Is this the right thing or do your recommend some other method? Many thanks in advance.





 
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Old 02-26-22, 11:22 AM
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1st I would sue your friend for false advertising as an expert. Make him pay to remove the stuff and hire a professional.
OK, that's not going to happen. I'm not an expert but I don't think the Flo stuff will work. It needs to be applied to a weathered and slightly pitted surface. Your pavement is too new and needs to be seasoned. Anything you apply now will eventually flack or chip off.
 
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Old 02-26-22, 12:11 PM
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Most like your friend didn't trowel it correctly. But i agree with him, just leave it as is. BTW, watching youtube videos does not make you an expert. haha.
 
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Old 02-26-22, 12:17 PM
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I'm curious, is this on your property of is it the sidewalk in front of your house for public use? If it is, it might be non-conforming to local codes, and you might be made to remove it.
 
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Old 02-26-22, 07:10 PM
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Hi @Norm201, It is in public space. In this neighborhood sidewalks don't exist. Everyone puts in their own sidewalk or just leave it dirt 9r or even extend their gardens to the curb. It is bizarre. Like there is no government.
 
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OK. I think you'll be OK in spite of your "expert" friend. Hey, we all have one of those episodes sooner or later.
 
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Since you've got open area and can dig down, instead of raising it by adding a coating, you're probably
(not now, but after 6 months or so) going to end up renting a concrete polisher and grinding the surface flat.

You'll see this floor finishing technique in many malls and shopping areas-

Trick here is that you want a slight slope or bevel on those eh, pavers, so they'll shed water.
It IS more time, but you don't have to do anything for a half-year or so while the concrete sets and hardens.
 
 

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