Stamped Concrete Patterns: What Tools to Use Stamped Concrete Patterns: What Tools to Use

In order to create precise, decorative stamped concrete patterns, you will need specific tools and protective equipment. Find out more below about the three kinds of tools required to add stamped concrete patterns to your patio or driveway.

Woodworking Tools

You will need long 2x4 planks, shovels and hoes, saws, hammers, nails, measuring tape, a carpenter's level or laser level, and string and markers to build forms to retain the concrete. You will also use a crowbar to pull apart the forms once the concrete dries.

Concrete Preparation Tools

Use a small powered cement mixer if you are stamping a concrete slab over 500 square feet in area. For smaller slabs, use a wheelbarrow to mix the colored concrete, shovels, hoes and trowels to get it into the forms. Stamp mats create the design, and chemical releasers help separate the mats from the concrete once the design is fixed in place. Wear gloves, eye protection, and rubber boots when working with wet concrete. Keep a trowel handy to redo the surface if you make a mistake with a stamp mat.

Finishing Tools

Use a low-plush paint roller to apply clear or colored glaze over the stamped concrete design once it has dried. For extra traction, pull a broom through the glaze as it dries.

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