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Phil Kabza
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Username: phil_kabza

Post Number: 41
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 08:55 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Bubba Concrete Co. is proposing using an Elite Crete 2-step system to hide their rejected concrete finishing work on a school plaza. It's a 2- layer application totaling around 3/8 inch. Very infrequent freeze/thaw.

I'm not the least bit enthusiastic about this, but also not enthusiastic about subjecting the owner and the local landfill to a major demolition project.

Sparkling success stories or dismal failure stories about similar applications would be appreciated.
Doug Brinley
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Username: dbrinley

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 10:18 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Phil, I'd exhaust other methods before resorting to an overlay. Since the finishing is the primary concern at this point, it might be that the subcontractor is being facetious by way of suggesting they just cover their entire job over since it's 'not good enough'.

Todd A Schneider
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Username: toddschneider

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 05, 2004 - 09:52 am:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post


Is this a decorative finish or just broom-finished concrete? I have used similar products from Ardex (Ardex CD) to correct finish issues on regular broom-finished work with great success. Simialr products are made by MiraCoat, Euclid, Mapai, Elite Crete, etc.. All of these overlay products rely on the integrity of the concrete that is there and the appropriate preparation of the surface, so if it is simply a matter of finish I wouldn't hesitate to use it. Elite Crete only sells their product to contractors that they have "trained", but if their training is anything like the numerous other decorative manufacturers, I wouldn't put too much stock in that qualification, but would rely much more on past performance/referrals on similar work. At our local Design Expo, a dumpster area was rehabilitated about 6 years ago with Ardex CD. These are 30 CY dumpsters with metal wheels that are picked up and dumped with great frequency, and that area still looks like new concrete.


Todd Schneider

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