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I have the super cheap Harbor Freight version of...

I have the super cheap Harbor Freight version of that tool. About $20 or so. It works great for a variety of applications, although I never tried removing asphaltic material with it. I'm sure it...
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If the caulk hadn't already been installed, it...

If the caulk hadn't already been installed, it would have been a simple process to clean up the ragged joints. Simply running a 4" grinder with a v-shaped crack chasing blade along a ragged joint...
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Glad to hear it. You probably have plenty of...

Glad to hear it. You probably have plenty of material left over for any future repairs too.
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There are countless shades of color along the...

There are countless shades of color along the length of that crack. Paint or stain will be one of them. It will match in some spots and stand out like a sore thumb in others. Trying to make a...
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I would call the city to complain. I've never...

I would call the city to complain. I've never seen a residential concrete sidewalk patched with asphalt before. If you get no help from whoever you contact, go higher up to their boss, and up the...
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I am in Indiana too and have successfully capped...

I am in Indiana too and have successfully capped many a slab with 2 inches of concrete. However, I would not have this done as you describe. If its a garage floor, it probably needs to be...
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Since its on the edge of the walk, I would guess...

Since its on the edge of the walk, I would guess the discoloration is dirt. Is this an overlay or a full depth pour where concrete was broken out? I realize you said top and bond, but just checking...
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The hole is where a piece of weak, porous...

The hole is where a piece of weak, porous aggregate (chert) popped out. Dig the rest of that black rock out, dampen the hole, then fill with a very small amount of sand and portland cement mix.
The...
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And bridgeman is correct. Especially as a do it...

And bridgeman is correct. Especially as a do it yourselfer you will not get a perfect color match. A pro might, but as you said this is a diy forum
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In addition to being a former stamped concrete...

In addition to being a former stamped concrete contractor, I run a small decorative concrete supply store near Indianapolis and sell the Butterfield products I mentioned, but since the admins here...
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Cape cod gray is the closest match to gull gray,...

Cape cod gray is the closest match to gull gray, though not perfect. And no, release is completely different from color hardener. It would not work at all for a patch
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Get a small pail of butterfield's cape cod gray...

Get a small pail of butterfield's cape cod gray color hardener and mix it with acrylic bonding admixture to the consistency of pancake batter. Use that as your patch and antique with a bit of deep...
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It would certainly help. Anytime you pour...

It would certainly help. Anytime you pour concrete against a rigid structure you should place expansion joint between them. If not for actual expansion and pushing against each other, then as a...
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I have done regular gray, colored, stamped, and...

I have done regular gray, colored, stamped, and acid stained concrete for over 20 years, and now work for a ready mix company. We sell a lot of colored concrete and I'm the one who troubleshoots...
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As with your last stamped concrete...

As with your last stamped concrete question/problem...make sure you do not apply too much sealer. Too much is as bad as none at all.
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Almost all concrete color problems I see are...

Almost all concrete color problems I see are actually sealer problems, where the sealer has blushed. To test this, in an inconspicuous spot apply some xylene (xylol) with a natural bristle brush...
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What did you cover the floor with? If plastic or...

What did you cover the floor with? If plastic or plastic clad blankets it may have cured unevenly.
Has it been sealed with a solvent based sealer? That will darken it and enrich the color whereas...
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The darker top half of the driveway looks like...

The darker top half of the driveway looks like the concrete had calcium chloride in it to make it set faster. Was it poured in cold weather perhaps? The bottom half looks like it did not have...
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Or remove the bricks and have a stamped concrete...

Or remove the bricks and have a stamped concrete overlay installed over the existing concrete. It can look like brick, stone, wood, whatever. A stamped overlay will only add about 1/2" of height so...
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The problem I continually see with stamped...

The problem I continually see with stamped concrete is that people think it needs to be glossy. The stamped concrete glamor shots you see in magazines and online were taken either when its wet or...
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It doesnt look like it needs anything to me. It...

It doesnt look like it needs anything to me. It looks like sealed stamped concrete with no problems.
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Post the pictures of what it looks like now. ...

Post the pictures of what it looks like now.
The main problem was probably that you used water based sealer over his original solvent based sealer. Many times, the water based will not bond well...
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Just another question here: If the brick border...

Just another question here: If the brick border is creating a dam, will removing that solve your other issues?
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True. Xylene won't do anything for water based...

True. Xylene won't do anything for water based sealer, except to possibly gum it up. If your sealer is smelly and clear when it is applied, and comes in a metal pail, it is solvent based. If milky...
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absolutely. Post photos when you're done to help...

absolutely. Post photos when you're done to help the next guy who asks the same question
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