Business owner Walker Concreting and Resurfacing.
revamp stamp

Revamp Your Stamp

Miles and miles of stamped concrete on the Gold Coast. A highly popular finish throughout the 80’s and 90’s that fell away after that because, bluntly, no body EVER looks after their decorative concrete finishes properly!

Because all this stamped was placed, then never re-sealed throughout it’s life time, the process of erosion removes the colour, starts to delaminate the finish and basically makes everything go to shit.

There’s a few options that we have to revamp your stamp, with the most common (and cheapest), being a tint sealing. I’ve discussed this option in another article, but basically, it’s an epoxy colour tint that is added to the high grade acrylic sealer and basically “painted” onto the surface, allowing the sealer to penetrate and giving a “painted appearance” to the surface. Although this finish is fine, and often the only option available, there is a better option….an option that brings stamped back to it’s former glory, but, requires a skilled applicator to get it right.

It’s a custom stain process that requires mixing and blending of base line stain colours to allow the new colours to work with any existing dual colours that are still on the surface of the old stamped concrete. After this process is complete, the colours are applied in a custom fashion, blending as we go to create a unique, multi tone appearance that not only brings the stamp back to its original flavour, but if I can say so myself, looks like a brand new custom design.

I’ll just leave two before and after pictures to give you an idea of what we can create. That old stamped is never dead, it just needs some TLC by someone who know’s what they’re doing.

revamp stamp
revamp stamp
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale

Water Problem Solved Willowvale

Project Description

Location: Willowvale
Project Size: 25sqm

This is one of the projects we got completed this week, both of them being concreting jobs. I’m not going to do a write up on the first one down at Burleigh Heads, as it was a pretty straight forward driveway entrance. But this one here, was a little different, took a lot of expertise to complete and came up really nicely.

Our client had been dicked around by a previous concreter who had completed some other work down the side of the house. They had also quoted this project out the back, but from what I can make out, stuffed up the quote being extremely cheap on it, then instead of re-negotiating…simply went missing. Which of course is fine by me, being happy to step in and take the reigns making sure the client got what they were after.

Being only a small job it doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but it took 4 days to put this project together, most of the time, the small jobs are more technical and difficult, leading them to be harder than the big jobs.

We basically had a water problem out the back, no sunshine so grass wouldn’t grow and all the falls going back to the house. There is existing drainage, but with a soft landscape, the water was having troubles reaching the drain areas.

I proposed a small nib / retaining wall installed on the back side in plain concrete, something to allow us to dig down the required depth without the existing ground then being an eye sore going up from it. This also allowed for a small garden section to be installed between the new wall and the fence. This wall will later be rendered and painted to suit the surrounds, finishing the area off nicely.

The real trick with this job was matching the existing aggregate that had been installed. With no way to contact the previous concreter, we basically just had to take a stab at it working off a small sample and pretty much hope for the best. Now everyone knows it’s nearly impossible to match aggregates, even with the exact stone from the same supplier, at different stages of pours, the stones can come out a little different given the natural nature of the products.

On this occasion though….we completely nailed it. The stone is nearly the exact size and the colours match nearly perfectly. Not 100%, but close enough that you wound’t notice unless you were told. This doesn’t happen all the time, so when it does, I take the opportunity to blow my own horn.

We finished everything off with a nice 7-10% exposed, installed control joints and will now return on Monday to finish off with a quick acid clean.

As always, thank you so much to our client for your business and also waiting for us to get there (5 weeks I think on this one). There’s a reason we’re flat out busy and I hope our results on this project have proven a good decision by our client to use us.

Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
Exposed Drainage Area Willowvale
revamp holmview

Garage & Driveway Make Over Holmview

Project Description

Location: Upper Coomera
Project Size: 34sqm

We were recommended to our client on this situation by one of our concreting peers. The client here had bought an ex display home, which despite being a lovely home, had of course a bit of wear and tear in the garage / office section of what was the display home itself.

We priced away for just a single coloured epoxy garage floor, along with driveway resurfacing and repairs that were in need to be carried out.

First things first, I attended site and ground out the cracking and holes, scoured the garage floor in preparation for the epoxy, then gave everything a good acid bath and pressure clean to get things prepared. At the same time I completed epoxy repairs on the cracking and holes, leaving them to grind back before applying our top coatings on another day.

The next day saw me grinding out those areas to make them smooth, then applying my primer for the garage and the primer and base coating for the driveway area. I completed both coats of epoxy on this occasion as well after the primer had set, closing up the door and leaving it to dry until the  next day.

On the third day, we returned and completed the driveway resurfacing with the main colour being shale, and matching the house brick work as a border right the way around in graphite with white tape lines, then of course finishing things off with white and graphite flecking and a full acrylic sealing. The epoxy was also sealer with urethane to finish everything off nice and shiny for the owners.

As always, a big thank you to our client and our colleague who recommended my services. This really is a cute little project where it was nice and easy to get everything to work well.

revamp holmview
revamp holmview
revamp holmview
revamp holmview
custom concrete

Concrete – Standard & Custom

Our grass roots, where it all began, is of course in concreting. Over 20 years ago I began in the industry, and in that time, there isn’t much I’ve put my hands onto to try and master. From basic paths and shed slabs, to intricate contrasting applications of exposed and stamped in full custom designs, it’s fair to say, there isn’t much I can’t handle.

I won’t go into too much detail for standard works in this section, as nearly everyone knows what they are. Plain grey, exposed aggregate, coloured…..if you’re after something standard, there’s no need to talk anymore, expect it to be completed to the highest standard.

But where I really like to delve into, goes hand in hand with my other decorative applications I provide for resurfacing options. I love mixing things up. I’ve never been scared to take a risk. Instead of a single colour throughout, lets do different coloured sections. Let break that exposed driveway up with different coloured stone inserts for something a little different. Lets border that exposed driveway with an intricate stamped design border or pathway leading off from it.

Basically, I love different. Different keeps my brain involved and keeps me striving to set new standards within the industry.

Here’s a couple of pics of what can be achieved by thinking outside the box. Give me a call today to have a chat about your new concrete installation, and instead of of just getting an exposed driveway completed, lets get a custom exposed driveway completed that sets you apart from the rest of the crowd.

Contrasting Exposed Aggregates

custom concrete

Colour Concrete w/ Stamped

custom concrete

Stone Tile Border w/ Exposed

custom concrete

Exposed Aggregate w/ Stamped

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Custom Staining

Staining – Custom Recolouring

Food for Thought - Tinting & Staining - Rejuvenating Old Concrete

With these process’s we are delving, for the most part, into rejuvenating old concrete surfaces, to look new again. These can also be completed as package deals for new areas, which would include concrete installation then resurfacing as per requirements, but as said, we mostly delve into tinting and staining to revamp old areas.

All work completed with this process is a custom design of colour combinations and textures, as it is all hand completed by myself, to fit in and work with it’s surrounding areas, making that tired old concrete look fresh and new again.

Tinting as a Full Depth Colour Over

The most basic form of re-colouring concrete that I provide is a process called “tinting”. This is quite simply a full colour epoxy tint, mixed through our full acrylic sealer, then applied to a fresh, cleaned surface. This most basic form, quite simply colours the entire surface a single colour throughout. If you think of painting a surface, then you get the basic idea of this application, however, separating itself from paint, this product penetrates the concrete surface and does not chip off or peel like painting would. Depending on the existing condition of the concrete we are working with, this can also be completed in a “semi tint” process, that is a little less full depth colour, allowing existing tones to still show through.

tint stamp revamp tugan

Staining to Revamp the Stamp

Staining to revamp your old stamped concrete is a great way to bring back multiple colour combinations that you had when you stamped concrete was brand new. When we are dealing with an existing stamped surface for example, that already has it’s existing colours, as well as areas of no colour at all from wear and tear, this is when this process truly shines. Being able to combine lightly 2-3 different colours, to work alongside the existing colours, really allows us to come up with some truly unique and custom installations that leaves that concrete really shining and looking like it belongs in an art gallery.

Multi Tone Stain Stamped Tallai

Custom Resurface & Staining

This is where we separate the men from the boys. This process can be supplied in a brand new package installation, or simply by resurfacing your existing concrete area. First off, we apply our heavily modified resurfacing products over your floor, creating a completely new design for the area. Whether the design is mimicking a stone surface, a rough textured trowel, or a completely smooth surface to later hand cut separation areas into, everything is custom completed to suit your needs. From there, we apply our custom stain combinations to the surface to fit in with with the existing area, and finish off with a full sealing process that leaves a completely unique, custom design that is truly a once off that no one else in the world will have.

Skip Trowel Overlay
Custom Staining
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay

Revamp Present for Parents

Project Description

Location: Runaway Bay
Project Size: 140sqm

Our client here got in contact with me while I was away in Japan on holidays. Of course being the punching bag I am, I had my laptop with my and was able to receive emails. After our client patiently waiting for me to return, we priced this project, received the go ahead and away we went.

This is a beautiful waterfront home at Runaway Bay where the existing concrete had had spray on resurfacing done to it many years ago, but after time and lack of getting taken care or, had of course degraded to a point of no return. Our client here was getting this work done for their parents who were away on Holidays, an excellent gesture and left us with a time frame to complete…lets be honest…a fair bit of hard yakka followed by some finesse at the end.

I put in a good week here in preparation. A full grind back of the existing surface took place, back to bare concrete and all ready for the next phase. I then completed a full epoxy repair of the floor cracking, followed by priming and base coating of the surface, ready for spraying of the main coatings.

As always we’re trying to work with the existing house colours, but these colours are quite close to my heart. I absolutely love this spectrum, maybe it’s the bushy in me….or the big ugly Ogre dreaming of the sticks, but these browns and subtle tones from Fossil through to Riversand really get my juices flowing.

This house had a guttering and roof setup very close to our Graphite colour, the awnings of the roof were all in white, so these choices were very obvious to make them our border and taped line colours. We did switch it up a little though, I think the main walls of this house leaned more towards our Riversand colour, but, I discussed with the client that having fence walls and house walls either side that are rendered and looking like Riversand, that we would probably lose a little oomph in the wish/wash going from wall, to floor to wall. So we decided to go a bit darker on the main colour, using Fossil to create a little elegant contrast to the main walls, whilst allowing it to work with the heavy graphite border.

I think we nailed this one, the colours work perfectly throughout, the 600mm diamond pattern was pretty and ended well onto the border. A full acrylic seal saw us all complete on this project and another feather in our caps.

Thanks to our client as always for your business, I look forward to seeing you again when we tackle your Epoxy at your new house!

Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Concrete Resurfacing Runaway Bay
Tiled Resurfacing Carrara

Simple Tiles, Effective Design

Project Description

Location: Carrara
Project Size: 27sqm

Here’s a job that we priced well over 3 months ago now, having to bide our time until all of our busy lives lined up to be able to get back and complete this work.

The concreting itself was completed by a good friend of mine, who doesn’t really delve into resurfacing works, but highly recommends what we do to any customers who ask.

Knowing that the concrete had been completed professionally before me, a simple acid clean was required before spraying, with no repairing to take place, as none was needed.

After priming and base coating, I returned with taping up a 600mm diamond pattern with a 100mm bulk border, spraying the top coatings in Blue Mountain w/ White and Graphite Flecking, then of course finishing off with a full acrylic seal.

As always, thank you to our client here, your work is very appreciated and I wish you all the best with you new entertaining area.

Tiled Resurfacing Carrara
Tiled Resurfacing Carrara
Tiled Resurfacing Carrara
Tiled Resurfacing Carrara
epoxy flooring sample

Epoxy – Metallic Design

Food for Thought - Epoxy - Metallic Designs

Getting creative with Metallic Epoxy. Simply put, lets blend everything together in various patterns to see what we can come up with!

Ok, so that may be a little too basic, but it’s the general principle. For me, metallic designs is more working with the product to let it create something amazing, rather than trying to control the product and force it do something.

Every piece of metallic work is a completely unique design in both colours and patterning. This process is working on WOW factor more than anything, perfect for that garage area displaying your latest Harley or Shelby Cobra…..or even simply for you modern restaurant service area, the applications are many, the designs unique and the results are always impressive.

Here are some examples of what can be achieved.

epoxy flooring sample
epoxy flooring sample
epoxy flooring sample
epoxy flooring sample
epoxy flooring sample
epoxy flooring sample
decorative concrete epoxy flooring gold coast

Epoxy – Flake Design

Food for Thought - Epoxy - Flake Designs

Epoxy flooring is by far the best solution for any indoor resurfacing application. Clean, easy to maintain and outstanding appearance keep this product at the top of decision making for garages, kitchens and other indoor purposes.

I offer a couple of different options for epoxy flooring, here we will go over my Full Flake installation that I can provide, which I suppose would be your typical Garage installation for this product.

Beginning with a full, typical prep for any resurfacing, the floor is cleaned thoroughly, acid etched and primed ready for our new coatings.

From here, a base colour is chosen, along with flake colours and our products are applied, giving a very sturdy, colourful design that is easy to maintain for years to come.

The following pictures are just different examples of the design, each aspect can be chosen individually as per requirements in colouring.

epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
epoxy flooring example
Concrete Resurfacing Gold Coast

Spray On – Custom Design

Food for Thought - Spray on Resurfacing - Custom Designs

Welcome to my passion. I started out concreting many years ago, but when I came across concrete resurfacing, both in Spray On and Epoxy forms, I knew this was where my direction and focus needed to be.

I find myself always striving for perfection, whether it be mimicking sandstone appearance, or putting onto the concrete canvas my modern take on these designs, portraying my design view for my peers and customers to view and appreciate (hopefully).

This can be a stressful technique to apply, as every aspect is custom and hand completed, along with being muchly time consuming to install, and the designs themselves may not be up everyone’s alley.

Some love it, some don’t like it…but most people I come across at least have a respect for stepping outside the box and pushing the industry in new directions.

Here are some examples of some of the designs I have completed. All of these designs have been evaluated on a job to job basis, not only just going for a specific technique, but working with the colours and areas to get the whole “idea” to work.

These of course is delving into the more expensive range, you are not just hiring an installer for your concrete resurfacing, you are hiring an artistic view of that particular installer.

Shop around, find the installer’s work you like the most. You will be getting something completely unique that no-one else has.

Full Sandstone

Concrete Resurfacing Gold Coast

Minor Sandstone

Minor Sandstone

Heavy Contrast Modern

custom concrete resurfacing oxenford

Beach Pathways

Concrete Resurfacing Ashmore

Blended Surroundings

concrete resurfacing ashmore

Oversizing

Driveway Resurfacing Monterey Keys