In this article, you will see how this concrete patio is completely transformed using our Concrete Overlay Floor Kit. We gave it a beautiful faux wood plank look!
Follow along as you learn how to step by step resurface an existing concrete patio with our Leggari Concrete Overlay Floor Kit.
Step 1: Clean Your Floor
In this step, we used a pressure washer to make sure our floor was clean.
This is important because you want the application part to go as smoothly as you can get it! A clean floor means it is ready to begin working with!
Using a pressure washer is a quick and easy way to ensure your floor is ready to be coated on. Helping you to get rid of any excess dust or rocks that you wouldn’t want to coat with your first coat.
Step 2: Taping off ALL edges
The next step is to simply tape off any edges that you may have.
In this case, there were some pillars in the patio that we wouldn’t want to get any concrete overlay on. We also taped off the edges that were directly connected to the house.
Not only does this protect your go much faster because you aren’t having to worry about staining something with the concrete overlay color, but it also ensures that you have a very uniform look at the end.
Step 3: Adding Texture Coat
In this step, it is time for you to grab a friend, you will need help!
Begin to add your Texture Coat to your patio. As you can see in the first picture, we used a large squeegee to spread the Texture Coat throughout the entire floor.
Edges can be very tedious because you want to make sure to get every inch of your floor.
One of us had a small squeegee and was spreading the texture coat near all of the edges. While the other person simply continued to apply the coat on the majority of the rest floor with the larger squeegee.
tep 4: Sanding down the floor
After successfully applying your Texture Coat, the following step is to sand your entire floor. As pictured in the first image, you can see how we used a large sander to speed up the process.
Again, the edges are not as simple; in the second image, you can see how we used a much smaller sander to ensure that it was properly done and that we covered the entire floor.
As you may know, when sanding down anything, there is an excess of product/dust accumulated from doing so. While one person is sanding down, the other person can begin to use a vacuum to pick up all of the unwanted buildups from sanding down your floor.
Step 5: Hydrate Floor
After removing all of the dust caused by sanding down your floor, the next step is to hydrate your floor.
You want to hydrate your floor by just misting it with water thoroughly. By doing this, it will simplify the next step.
As you can see in the picture, the area that has been misted is significantly wet compared to the area that hasn’t, you want to get a good layer of water onto your surface.
Step 6: Adding Texture Coat
In this next step, it is essential to be done right after hydrating. The next Texture coat is now ready to be applied.
If you see that by the time you get to an area of your floor to begin to spread the Texture Coat, that the floor has dried and is no longer damp, simply mist a bit before moving on. Do not be afraid to rehydrate any areas that you feel need it!
The thing to remember here is to apply the Texture Coat to a very hydrated floor.
Step 7: Making Grout Lines
It is now time to create your grout lines!
We have done this by simply using painter’s tape.
First, we draw every desired line to create the faux wood planks. After doing so, we simply go over the drawn lines with tape.
Then, to ensure that they are properly taped to the floor, we roll over every single one, adding pressure to the tape and making sure it is sealed down.
This is not the step to get sloppy; remember this step will dictate the end result of your project. As you can see in the image, we use a ruler and are measuring every line to get the best result at the end!
Step 8: Hydrating & Adding Texture Coat (Wood Grain Texture)
Once again, we are hydrating our floor. Watch as one of us is hydrating as the other person begins to pour at the same time. Doing this will make your process much quicker and ensure that your floor is hydrated enough for the Texture Coat.
After that, the floor is ready to begin the Wood Grain Texture. While one person is smoothing out the Texture Coat, immediately after the next person is vertically scraping the Texture Coat, with a pool trowel on a swivel attachment, connected to a pole, thus creating the Wood Grain Texture.
It is vital that this is being done almost right after smoothing out the Texture Coat because it will begin to harden fairly quickly.
After completely doing this to the entire floor you will then apply the Leggari Stain, making you ready for the next step.
Step 9: Sanding Floor
After you have applied the Leggari stain, you begin to sand once again. After the floor has had enough time to dry of course.
By sanding down the floor you will be able to see the Texture Coat that we had applied in the prior steps. This will create that Wood Grain Texture.
As you can see above in the area which already has been sanded, the light gray color is coming through beautifully and already giving that wood grain look!
Step 10: Pulling Tape and Top Coat
After sanding down the entire floor, you can now begin to pull the tape. Gently remove the tape to ensure you are not distorting any of its surroundings.
The final step is to add a layer of the Top Coat. We did this by using a paint roller and simply rolling the product onto the entire floor. The Topcoat will seal all of your hard work and give it the protection it needs to withstand the heat!
As you can see the patio is significantly enhanced by doing this. Gave these homeowners something beautiful to enjoy in their backyard.
This process is cost-efficient and easy for any DIY or anyone looking to take their floors to the next level!