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Old 09-02-2018, 06:50 AM   #1
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Pouring A Small Slab For Storage Shed


Iím replacing an old shed on my property. Probably going to pour a slab for it as Iím on ledge everywhere. Iím thinking about coloring the concrete for fun. Either that or doing some kind of epoxy coating on it after itís dried in. Iíve never been involved in coloring slabs before. Is it safe to assume that there arenít many color options available? Ideally, Iíd go white, but Iíd imagine that is tough to achieve.
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I used a couple of bottles of the stuff I think Quikcrete sells for concrete many years ago.

It has faded over time but is still brown.

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You can use white portland cement which will help lighten the color.
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You can go as far as you want to get a white slab. White portland cement and "pool mix", which is crushed marble gets you white all the way through. Marble isn't as strong as regular aggregate.

A better option may be to use something like white stucco to coat a regular cement slab.
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There are a variety of bulk tinting colorants available, but the widest variety of colors are sold as mortar and stucco colorant.

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look at these:

https://www.concretenetwork.com/conc...lor-chart.html
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Bulk colorants

https://www.quikrete.com/productline...ortarcolor.asp
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Mote bulk

www.solomoncolors.com/ColorCard.aspx?ColorCardID=24
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you will achieve more creativity using concrete stains rather than trying to color the mud.

you won't get white but you can make all sorts of variegated colors happen.

use a router bit or saw blade to cut lines to create patterns or specific areas.

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Cheapest and easiest to get a white slab is probably just fog coat it.

It won't be the same as staining plain old concrete, but if you're looking for a white canvas to work on, you'll have it.
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Cool. Thank guys.
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How many days after pouring a concrete slab do you have to wait before you acid stain it?

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