Discount Concrete Stamps and Overlays
We carry the finest quality decorative concrete stamps, concrete stamp mats, concrete overlays, concrete stamp-able overlays, concrete flex mats (skins) and
flexible mats. And we have all the related items to product beautiful concrete patterns including concrete finishing tools, concrete colorants, concrete
sealants and concrete overlay materials.
These are ideal for restoring concrete surfaces in need of a face lift or brand new concrete pours. Our decorative concrete line also includes mixable color
packs, skim coat, powder release, sealers and other fine tools. The result: beautiful, durable and affordable decorative finished concrete surfaces that
resemble the appearance of natural stone and/or wood.
Many of the concrete stamp designs come in a series of 3 unique patterns (variations of design). These 3-pattern are available in both the solid stamps (used for the
center/field areas) and flex mats (used for details and edges). The 3 patterns are color coded (typically blue, black and red).
CONCRETE STAMP AND FLEX MAT PRODUCTS:
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Concrete Finishing Tools:
A Step by Step Guide to the Stamped and Decorative Concrete Process
Step 1 - Into the Truck
When using the integral coloring system, the first step is to put the colorant into the truck. We recommend using a 4-inch slump.
When adding the Uni-Mix®, make sure you have brought the load to the top of the truck. Simply tear off the the top of the bag, and throw in the entire bag, including the packaging.
This saves a lot of mess, and the bag disintegrates completely. Mix for 110 revolutions.
Step 2 - Pouring
This is a fairly standard procedure. After the truck has mixed for approximately 110 revolutions (about 5 minutes), pour the concrete.
Step 3 - Striking Off
The initial leveling off of the concrete is called striking off, and is shown here using a straight 2 x 4.
Step 4 - Jitterbugging
The process known as "jitterbugging" helps bring some of the cream to the surface, allowing smoother finishing and stamping.
Step 5 - Bullfloating
"Bullfloating" is the next step. This closes the surface, bringing cream to the surface while flattening and smoothing it. It uses a long-handled magnesium float.
Step 6 Edging & Trowelling
Edging the concrete gives it a nice smooth radius edge to the concrete.
Step 7 The Fresno Finish
The Fresno is the final finishing before release is applied. It uses a long-handled trowel, which is made of steel.
Note: The use of the fresno should be avoided if freeze thaw is an issue. Instead, the final finish should be performed with a wood or magnesium bullfloat.
Step 8 - Throwing Release
Once satisfied with the edging and the finish, it is time to throw the release.
As you can see, the release is spread evenly over the entire slab of concrete by literally throwing it.
The release agent is used to prevent bonding between the stamping tools and the concrete. It also adds depth and texture to the concrete.
Step 9 - Laying the Tools
The Largestone Fan pattern is being used here, and as you can see, laying the stamps starts on one side of the job, and works its way over to the other side.
This is a continuation of the laying process.
Step 10 - Stamping
To help imprint the stamps, we use a 10" x10" cast iron tamper with a strong wood handle.
On the right, you'll notice that flexible mats are being used along the edges to extend the pattern fully.
Step 11 - Finishing Touches
It may be necessary to touch up some of the joints using a chisel before the concrete has dried.
Step 12 - The End Product
After 1-2 days, or when concrete has cured sufficiently, it should be pressure washed to remove excess release powder.
After the concrete has dried thoroughly, it should be sealed using our non-yellowing acrylic sealer.
Product Do-It Yourself How-To's
There are a number of ways to incorporate decorative concrete into your projects. Below are a few how-to ideas.
How to Use Concrete Stamps
Commercial concrete stamps and flex mats (skins) are used to imprint patterns on concrete to produce the look of natural stone, wood, tile and other finishes. Manufactured for durability, the stamps and skins are designed to be used repeatedly, pull away cleanly and leave behind
To finish off the edges of the pattern or up against a wall, our stamps come with a corresponding "Flex"
After the concrete is poured, a release agent often colored if not directly mixed into the concrete) is shaken and/or troweled on. The stamps are laid and tamped down to create an impression. Chisels and rollers may be used to clean grout lines between stamps and to finish edges where the stamping mats cannot reach. Finally a sealer is applied. The end result is a durable and beautiful concrete surface.
Concrete overlays are coatings applied over existing concrete then stamped with the desired pattern to rejuvenate the look of existing concrete surfaces.
- Stampable Overlay:
The stampable overlay product is spread over existing surfaces using a trowel or guage rake. Read How-To
- Sprayable Overlay:
The stampable overlay product can be smooth troweled, broom finished, or applied using a splatter brush or hopper gun for a knockdown finish. Read How-To
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