Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing

It’s not always about the money

I have a simple motto in life and business, and that is I work my ass off for what I consider a fair dollar trade, for the level of my expertise provided. No more. No less. I do not try and push too hard against this status quo, as every time I have chosen money strictly over my own, mental needs and desires, it’s always bitten me on the ass somehow.

This is why I take great pride when we come across a gentleman like Alec on this project we have just completed.

After heading out to visit our 90yo friend at Labrador, he wanted us to add just a little section of concrete to the side of his driveway, then colour seal everything to make everything the same right the way through.

Following the measure up and discussing options, I glanced inside his garage and saw a wall full of paintings. Lovely, meaningful paintings and immediately saw what this man’s passion was.

There were in depth paintings of the current (at the time), bush fires that were raveging Australia. Painting of the Devil’s Marbles he had put together from memories of his visit there. Ayres Rock (Uluru of course, but his time of visit, the former rang true). I also noticed a few amazing paintings of a lovely lady, hair flowing free as she smiled directly at me. His wife I was later to find out, that had already passed before him, leaving him in the house alone with his passion, but not alone completely as other family was in reaching distance.

After a nice chat, I let him know I would be more than happy to return to complete the work, not for a dollar value for payment, but in exchange for one of his amazing paintings, so long as I wasn’t expecting too much.

At this stage I felt I had short changed the Alec. I thought maybe I am under valueing the workmanship and skill he has put into his art. But after he mentioned the same in return to me, we came to an agreement that I would return later where we could make a deal.

Finally today, after a long time trying to find the time to return, we not only got the opportunity to exchange our services for one of his lovely paintings, but we also got to sit down between final coats and have a cup of coffee and share a few memories. I’m sorry we didn’t have more time today, we’re run off our feet. But it was nice to slow down if only for a moment and be normal again.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you Alec. It’s little times like these in our lives where the stress of the modern day, just takes a back seat and we really experience what it’s like to be a human being. We look forward to catching up again soon for a coffee.

(Also the best freaking backyard Pineapples in the business. Cheers mate)

Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Alec the Artist Concrete Resurfacing
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters

Major Concrete Revamp Mermaid Waters

Project Description

Location: Mermaid Waters
Project Size: 300sqm + 24sqm

Finishing off our major colour re-works project today, has been a long slog this one.

We got in early to prep and complete the metallic epoxy flooring, then settled in for the long hand grind of the remaining stamped concrete that was painted at some stage.

Now, there’s nothing particularly wrong with paint, expect it doesn’t work that well most of the time, and when we need to fix it up, it’s a damn nightmare.

We gave our client two options, firstly, just going over everything with a tint seal, which would see relatively frequent and larger fix ups as the existing paint continued to peel off over time, or, we can hand grind out the paint as much as possible, of which we wouldn’t get rid of all of it, but with the aim of removing as much as possible so that the touch ups are a lot more infrequent and of a much smaller scale over time.

Our client for this project was truly just one of those people who simply makes your day better by being around them. Such kind, considerate, hospitable people of which we will truly miss their company. As professionals, we are always striving to do the absolute best we can with the work that we output, and when we have clients like this, that process is all the simpler, even finding the extra reason to push that little bit harder for better results.

Thank you kindly for your business, we hope to run into you again soon.

Project Photos

Mermaid Before After Tint Seal Concrete
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters
Concrete Colour Sealing Mermaid Waters

My Concrete Finishing Pièce de Résistance

Project Description

Location: Ashmore
Project Size: 170sqm

Plain concrete installation for swim spa structural base smooth finish.

Plain concrete installation for rear step downs and side path with stipple finishing.

Seamless stamped concrete installation with hand detailed border and internal diamonds in Platinum colour oxide with Titanium power release, finished with water based Midnight stained borders and diamonds and full acrylic sealing.

No need for anymore words, please enjoy my art.

Project Photos

Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale

Tint Seal Refresh Helensvale

Project Description

Location: Helensvale
Project Size: 220sqm

Last week I dubbed the “Week from hell”. Well this week was only slightly less than that, but with the added twist of having to fix mistakes that were made during last week’s murder week.

To start the week off, I began by brush / acid cleaning this 220sqm existing stamped concrete project out at Helensvale. The stamp pattern on this concrete was lovely, with most of it still in good condition, expect for the pool surrounds and pathway leading to the house, which had weathered and required a little more attention.

After our cleaning to remove mould and open up the concrete pores if you will, I applied two liberal coats of HiBuild sealer throughout with a “Fossil” tint through the mix.

The pool and front pathway then required a third coating to make sure the colour held true and we were all finished up with this project.

A simply rejuvenation process for existing stamped concrete, but still a very effective result leaving an even colour throughout and bringing back the house surrounds to life after 20 years of weathering.

Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Seal Rejuvenation Helensvale
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina

Subtle Stain Stamp Revamp Robina

Project Description

Location: Robina
Project Size: 220sqm

Now that title is a mouthful!

Back at it again this week with some more revamp stamp work. This time we came across our client here who has just moved up from Sydney into their new house and have come across nearly acres of stamped concrete which was originally completed in kind of a pink tone of sorts (basically horrific).

A couple of good things were working with us here, firstly the old colouring wasn’t exactly really bright and still significant, so this almost gave us a pretty even base colour to work with to recolour as we wanted to. Most of the time revamping stamped concrete like this, we run into sections that are still coloured really well and other that aren’t. This project however saw basically the same dull pink tone throughout the whole surface area.

Now the idea behind this project’s finish, was to recolour everything to a light charcoal range of colouring, and given the fact as I stated before the concrete was basically a single tone throughout and had pretty much diminished back to concrete colour, I was very confident in changing the overall colour. Most of the time however, this process isn’t used to change the overall colour, instead reverting back to the tinting process to bully the old colour out.

After custom mixing my primary colours to achieve the base colour I desired, I made sure the colour saturation was significant enough in the spray application as to not wash out and run. I went through the whole project with a first run of the light charcoal with also applying wet on wet full black colouring so as to blend in with the charcoal and deposit freely into the low spots of the old stamped impression.

After a full coating and given the fact we were after a full colour change, I decided to apply a second mist coating again whilst again applying the full black over toning.

This second coat really did the trick and saw the black over toning actually blending more into the charcoal being wet on wet, turning the jet black into more of a dark charcoal appearance.

Then after two full coats of full acrylic sealer, we saw some wonderful, yet subtle colour tones shining through the new driveway and patio which consisted of the main, light charcoal with medium deposits of dark charcoal in the low sections and spotted, darker black tones to give a more realistic appeal overall.

I absolutely love working with this product when revamping stamped concrete. I’m an old school concreter and stamped concrete is one of my favourite finishes, and to see old stamped jobs come back to life in beautiful two and three tone applications really makes my heart warm.

I’m a little disappointed my potato phone camera hasn’t quite caught the varying tones of the finish, I’ll try to return another time with a better quality camera and see what magic I can work.

As always, a massive thank you to our clients on this project. We even stopped half way through when they weren’t so confident we were achieving the results we were after, but after trusting in my judgement and waiting for the finished result, I loved seeing the big smile on your faces!

All finished here for now but we will return to complete the pool surrounds after the pool installers have finished refurbishing works.

Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina
Stain Stamp Revamp Robina