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Old 02-23-2014, 05:11 PM   #21
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Play with a couple of small mock ups. You'll get a good feel fast for how and what's going on.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:52 PM   #22
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I was looking at some from a different company, but thanks
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I'm going to be remodeling 2 kitchens in a duplex I own. I've never done concrete tops, but would like to try it on one of my own houses first. Is there anything I should know before starting? What is involved in upkeep with them? Good idea or bad?
When you're done you'll realize why a good concrete top should cost as much as any other top.
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When you're done you'll realize why a good concrete top should cost as much as any other top.
If not more depending on how detailed and unique they want the pour.
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And post how it went, even if it didnt go so well. About /----/ that close to trying myself.
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Need at leadt 5000 psi. For water resistance. I did an out door table with 5000 psi kwikcrete and a super plasticiser /water reducer. It came out very hard.
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If you search back I may have stated what sealer I used. Food grade supposed to fill the microscopic pores of the crete. I then put on a layer of Carnuba wax.
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Yep. Please post pics if you go for it. I'm thinking this will be what we will do as well.
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Yep. Please post pics if you go for it. I'm thinking this will be what we will do as well.
I will, plumbers and sparkys will be here wednesday and Thursday. So hopefully I'll have some time to mess around with it then
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One thing I notice a lot of people do when starting out with concrete is they dont let it mix long enough. It needs time to hydrate while in the mixer.

I will mix mine for a minimum of 5 minutes after the last bag is in, usually around 7, let it sit for another 5-7, then spit it slowly for another few minutes. If you mix fast and dump right away you will get a lot of bleed water and be there all day troweling, or if you pour pre cast tops, you will have water all along the top, and you could get water staining once you flip them.

Remember to vibrate them well. I usually would put my forms up on blcoks of 2" foam so I could get my vibrator under the form and hit them good. It really cuts down on the bug holes.

You will have to slurry the top once for sure I would think. I mix my cement with acrylic. It hardens faster, sticks better, and doesnt shrink as much.
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Is the acrylic the binder? I'm not fully sure of the terminology. I have a local guy I know who does some really nice tops. He said there was a binder(?) for sticking the cement to the crushed glass (in his case) or sticking everything together. I'm trying to recall the percentages he stated. Along the line of 85% recycled material? Does that sound right? Is it a recipe of cement, aggregate, water and binder? I'm interested as well. It's certainly interesting. Where do you get the coloring for it? Is it organic dyes?
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Did some body ring? Is this post still in the works or is it over and done with?
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Did some body ring? Is this post still in the works or is it over and done with?
I haven't had time yet. Every time I think I'll have a few days to play with it something comes up
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What are the counters now? Laminate?
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What are the counters now? Laminate?
Nothing, cabs aren't installed yet
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If you search back I may have stated what sealer I used. Food grade supposed to fill the microscopic pores of the crete. I then put on a layer of Carnuba wax.
that was a work of art..had those glow stones right?
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Is the food grade acrylic sealer that fills microscopic holes the same thing as a densifier?
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I bought all my chemicals from these guys. Good prices and VERY helpful over the phone.
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