ASK "Q":
Do you have a question about a QUIKRETE® product or project? If so, send your question to BRIAN - our ASK "Q" resident expert from the QUIKRETE® Technical Center.

Q: Do The QUIKRETE® Companies have a product for recoating a concrete apron around a pool deck?

BRIAN: Depending on the condition of the concrete apron, there are two applicable QUIKRETE® products:

QUIKRETE® Concrete Resurfacer is the first choice for concrete that is basically solid but is aging and worn. For a surface that has significant holes and is delaminating, the QUIKRETE® Sand Mix with QUIKRETE® Acrylic Fortifier is the next best alternative.

Application Recommendations:
QUIKRETE® Concrete Resurfacer is easy to apply with a squeegee and can be mixed with a propeller mixer in a 5 gallon bucket. It is applicable for worn but solid concrete. A few holes can be filled with the resurfacer mixed to a trowelable consistency in 1/4-inch lifts.

For heavy duty repairs, the QUIKRETE® Sand Mix with QUIKRETE® Acrylic Fortifier will allow repairs and a 1/2-inch to 1-inch topping with one mix. The sand mix requires a trowel finish, taking a bit more skill. The sand mix is mixed in a trough with a mortar hoe, or in a rented mortar mixer.

In both cases, the key to success is surface preparation. All loose concrete, all paint, mold, mildew and dirt must be removed. A 3500 psi pressure washer with no additives is ideally suited for this job and needs to be held approximately 2 inches above the surface. Resurfacing over paint or other coatings can be tricky and require careful attention to properly prepare a clean concrete surface.

Importance of a Test Patch:
The QUIKRETE® Companies also recommends using a small test patch to test both products with exposure of half of the surface to the pool water at the specific home. As the ratio of chemicals in pools often varies, this will ensure that the chemicals in a particular pool's home will not affect surface color following the recoat. It would be worth the test, because QUIKRETE® Concrete Resurfacer and QUIKRETE® Sand Mix with QUIKRETE® Acrylic Fortifier are so easy to apply.

Send your question to askQ@quikrete.com. If your question is published in The QUIKeNews, we will send you a discount coupon for your choice of QUIKRETE® Walk Maker or QUIKRETE® Concrete Resurfacer.
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