SURFACE CONDITION
For best project results, the concrete should be in sound physical condition, free of extensive cracking, pitting and spalling. The surface must also be dry and clean and free of dust, dirt, efflorescence, oil, chemicals, pevious flaking coatings and other contaminants which may block effective long-term adhesion.

REPAIRS
For best visual results and long-term performance, cracks, holes and significant surface pitting should be filled with a cement patch material and allowed to cure as directed before proceeding.

EXPANSION JOINTS
Expansion joints in the concrete slab serve an important purpose, guarding against cracking in the slab due to movement — and should NOT be filled. If covering the expansion joints is still preferred, joints should first be treated with ElastoLock Exterior Membrane and Elastolock seam mesh to minimize the chance of any cracking in the finish later due to slab movement.

SMOOTH SURFACES
Very smooth or "power troweled concrete" lacks optimal surface profile for most effective bond. In such cases, etching the concrete is recommended to ensure good penetration and "grab" of the coating. Etching will also remove efflorescence from the surface. If etching is required, see the surface preparation section for instructions on etching.

WASHING THE SURFACE
Removing all dirt, debris and other contaminants is key for ensuring long term beauty and performance. For easiest and best results cleaning with a pressure washer is highly recommended.

MASKING / DROP SHEET USE
Protect adjoining walls and other objects prior to starting work.

Good surface preparation is easy if performed with attention to a few key details. For best results, follow written product instructions. For detailed preparation information, a visit to the surface preparation section is also recommended.

PROCEED WITH APPLICATION OF YOUR DESIRED FINISH ONLY WHEN PREPARATION STEPS ABOVE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.

Exterior Concrete Preparation

Granite® Exterior Application

 

 

Granite® delivers the timeless look of speckled granite. It adds a rock hard stone shell to all kinds of concrete floor and wall surfaces. Granite glides on easily with a rounded pool trowel and covers many imperfections, leaving an elegant surface that can last for many years.

STEP ONE: Roll on a uniform coat of Beauti-Tone Textured Primer which will grab onto the concrete and serve as an ideal bonding surface for the Granite finish. After the Textured Primer has dried for 1 - 2 hours (longer in cool or humid conditions) — Granite can be applied.

STEP TWO: Trowel on two very thin uniform coats of Granite three to four hours apart. The first coat will have some imperfections and show-though of the underlying primer. For the second coat, stir in one cup of water per gallon of Granite with a drill mixer. The added water will "lubricate" the stone mixture, allowing the second coat to flow easily for greater coverage. Final coverage rate of the product with two coats should be approximately 30 sq.ft. Let the surface cure fully until the following day (24 hours) or longer in cool or very humid conditions.

STEP THREE: Twenty four hours after application of Granite (longer in cool or damp conditions) two coats of sealer are applied several hours apart. For exterior surfaces, HardRock Clear Coat Sealer is specifically recommended to keep out dirt and stains, guard against water and salt and keep the surface looking like new.

*** OPTIONAL GROUT LINE & MORTAR JOINT EFFECTS: If a tile or flagstone effect is desired, a uniform coat of Daich Textured Primer must be applied first in your desired "grout line / mortar joint" color. When Primer is dry, lay down a pattern as desired onto the dry primer using Beauti-Tone Grout Line or Flagstone Stencil Tape. Brush some textured primer over the tape to lock it down before Granite application as detailed above. (Leave the ends of the stencil tape free so you can pull it up later.) After Granite has cured for 24 hours, PEEL UP THE STENCIL TAPE to reveal the pattern and sweep up any debris before application of sealer/clear coat.

READ AND FOLLOW ALL ENCLOSED DIRECTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS THAT COME WITH THE PRODUCT PRIOR TO BEGINING YOUR PROJECT.

If you have any questions — before or during your project — be sure to contact us at info@techstone.ca or call 1-877-279-0694. We are here to help you achieve great results!

Visit the Granite® product page for additional details and application videos.

ENJOY YOUR NEW STONE SURFACE!