We left off
with our heroes needing to remove some thin set
. This called for a terrazo grinder, readily available from Sunbelt
and not Clairemont Equipment
. While I slaved away at a keyboard, dad
took care of the downstairs concrete. Not to worry, I partook after they headed back to the Bay.
I couldn't let the familials have all the grinding fun, so I sqeezed some in by moonlight. Then I spent some serious time doing edges and missed spots with the angle grinder.
And that took care of the most important room in the house
. It went quickly and easily because I was able to run a hose to the grinder. This eliminated the most infuriating part of the process, concrete dust.
As such, I can say that polished concrete is kind of a pain to do in a house, but for patios, driveways, and the like - no problem.
So this left my garage a powdery white, both from the exfoliated concrete and thin layer of dust. I stopped by Concrete Solutions
, which seemed to be the only reputable game in town. The rep there was pretty helpful and I got to take home chemicals with cool dangerous labels
The stain, sealer, and urethane (I guess I need them all) ran just north of $600
for what I generously estimated to be 1000 sq. ft. That's pretty good as far as flooring goes, even when you factor in a few throw rugs and the grinder rental.
I tested the stuff in a remote corner of the garage, apparently when sealed it appears as it does when wet. It's got a nice variation, looks fluid from an angle, and has some translucency, though that might disappear with multiple applications.
Tonight I went after the downstairs section. The process was simple
- Wet down section of floor with brush.
- Apply stain using pump sprayer.
- Brush stain into concrete (immediately changes color so probably important).
- Apply more stain with pump sprayer to avoid brush marks.I diluted the stain with about 25% water and ended up with a considerable amount left in the sprayer not to mention the five gallon container. Tomorrow may call for another coat, we shall see.
Most enjoyably, after I was finished, the only unlocked entrances to my house were the garage door and lower back door. It was the first time since age six I had to maneuver myself around an acid trap in order to reach the stairs.