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    2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Hi all! here is our pool area, next up staining the fence. I would also really like to do something with coloring the concrete. Some type of stain. Any ideas? Anyone heard of Texture Ease (spelling?) PB recommended it as a good DIY. Not wanting to go Acid stain route. Something me and the Warden (shh dont tell her I call her that ) can do together!

    Thanks!

    The Gazebo - DIY built, not a kit- just Lumber and imagination from Lowes. No it dont leak- I just hosed off the furniture!


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    Flagstone Spill over style falls Oh what do I see next to the drain - A leaf...Time to run the polaris !


    Finally getting some growth in there!




    poured up to existing patio- dont want that Georgia Red Clay in the house!


    My Buddy Riley!!!

    Any ideas about the concrete and staining would be much appreciated!!!!!!
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Looks very nice!
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Looks very nice. I really like your gazebo with the drapes down the corners. Are you just totally against acid staining the concrete? It's not too difficult and fairly simple to do. Just clean the surface with muratic acid let dry and then squeegee on the acid and rinse off. It really can give a dramatic effect.
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamison04
    Looks very nice. I really like your gazebo with the drapes down the corners. Are you just totally against acid staining the concrete? It's not too difficult and fairly simple to do. Just clean the surface with muratic acid let dry and then squeegee on the acid and rinse off. It really can give a dramatic effect.
    Hi Jamison - No I am not really "against" it. The issue is one of the pours around the patio had to be repoured. The concrete is a different shade and looks poor to me. I was told Acid staining would not eliminate this issue and I probably need to go with a colored stain.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Looks great! In my experience, any semi-transparent stain (weather acid or 'colored') will look different when applied to different shades of concrete. The more transparent the stain, the more difference you would see.

    Although I can't see any part of the concrete that stands out as a different color. Maybe you could share a pic of that one?

    EDIT: is it pictured in the lower-left corner of your 2nd to last picture?

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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Yes I understand the reason not to acid stain. You've been told correct that it won't correct the issue and it will turn out different shades between older and newer concrete. I wasn't aware that was the issue when I posted my comment. A colored stain would be better but depending on color and pigment a colored stain my also still show the difference between older and newer.
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Has anyone used Texture EEZ 3000 http://www.innovativeconcrete.com/ ??
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    For tile questions, there is a great tile forum, johnbridge.com that I know of. While I don't know of one, I'll bet there also has to be one for concrete, too. Anyone got an idea? It would be nice to have that reference on this forum.

    j, we don't want you to go away, by any stretch, but some concrete guys might have a better perspective. Besides, we want pictures of that terrifying guard dog chewing up someone who inadvertently wanders into your yard.
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    ya Riley the attack dog!!! Heck, he would lick and intruder to death and bore them with belly rubs.
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    Re: 2 years after install - Plants FINALLy starting to grow

    Quote Originally Posted by jhalpinjr
    ya Riley the attack dog!!! Heck, he would lick and intruder to death and bore them with belly rubs.
    Aw, sweet Riley looks just like our Bubba, only a lot younger

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