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
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar

Finishing Off Decorative Works Molendinar

Project Description

Location: Molendinar
Project Size: 85sqm

Just the last stage of our larger, custom decorative project out at Molendinar completed today. Resurfacing of the carport and driveway to match roughly the custom stamped and stained concrete we installed a few weeks ago.

Colours Used: White base with Blue Mountain main, Midnight Blue borders with Midnight Blue and Natural flecking.

Project Photos

Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar
Decorative Resurfacing Molendinar

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

Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania

Drive and Entrance Refurbishment

Project Description

Location: Bethania
Project Size: 70sqm

Installation of new concrete pathway and entrance and full resurfacing of those areas along with driveway section.

Colours Used
River Sand main colour with Silver Birch, White and Fossil flecking and a single, White 12mm taped line for boundary edges.

Before and After Concrete Resurfacing Bethania

Project Photos

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Concrete and Resurfacing Bethania
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well

Warranty Works

Project Description

Location: Jacobs Well
Project Size: 60sqm

“You can’t accept your wins if you can’t wear your losses.” – Me 2019

I’m a big believer that business is all about the ups and downs. We work the hardest of making sure that the up’s are much more frequent than the downs, but of course, the downs are never that far away. The main thing, is that working just as hard on the downs as we do on the ups, turns those downs also into ups. I swear that just sounded like “Cat in the Hat” reading that back to myself….

This project here is a project we got under way around October 2018. A package deal for our clients with installation of side paths and driveway in plain grey concrete, then returning to decorative resurfacing or overlay the concrete to something pretty and fancy for this up market area in Jacobs Well.

The time came to install the concrete and a brief look at the weather had Mr Weather Man predicting 20% chance of 1-5mm of rain. Having been in this industry for 20+ years, a little rain here and there is certainly nothing that frightens us, especially considering we’re resurfacing later. At worst, it will just cool the afternoon down a bit on an already scorching days work.

However, as we got to final finishing, a big purple headed monster flew over the mountains with bright red eyes and horns of fire and instead of the 1-5mm of rain which would have seen my lovely niece in her gumboots splashing around, we were getting spears of pure evil pelted from the heavens at near horizontal angles seeing us racing for cover behind the other side of the house praying that the wall didn’t fall down.

10 minutes. That’s all it was, but it was enough to wash all the surface off our newly installed concrete and saw me kicking construction hats down the street swearing at Thor and his horrible temper that he just threw my way.

But, we are professionals and the show must go on.

We returned in November to start resurfacing works. I took to the concrete with my grinders, hoping to remove any unwanted wash that was sitting on the surface and wouldn’t prevent a solid bond of our new resurfacing products. I then acid cleaned the bejingles out of it and pressure washed everything off until I had nothing but pure stone to contact bond to when resurfacing.

After completing the resurfacing and taking all precautions I could, I walked away knowing that my years of experience has again gotten us out of a tricky situation….or so I thought.

Our client here got back in touch with us April this year, about 4-5 months after we finished work there. They just let us know that there were two cracks in the concrete that they would like me to look at.

Now one of these cracks, was just an unfortunate, non-structural crack that was only a hairline and being held together nicely by the steel reinforcing. Sucks that it’s there, but nothing more could be done. However, the bottom crack, was right next to the joint and looked pretty shitty. After some closer inspection, I could see that it was another control area that had basically gotten some unwanted materials in there, and, over the past 4-5 months, had began to let go in a straight line, more installation error than faulty product.

Now I had two choices here, licencing and warranty terms only dictate that I need to repair the damaged area, which would have been a pretty easy process considering it was only a small area, but I wanted to go the extra mile here and grind off the entire surface of the concrete and resurface again for two reasons.

Firstly, I wanted to make sure there weren’t any other areas underneath our resurfacing that I had missed in the original process that would fail later on down the track for our clients. I want our clients to have a long lasting solution for their concrete, not just a pretty coating that comes off if you step on it too hard.

Secondly, I know that if I just grind back and repair and resurfacing that particular section, in the position where it is, the new colour I put next to the old colour is going to look different. Over time, the two colours would blend back to each other, but these are good clients here and I want them to have the job they paid for.

So after a few days swearing and kicking behind the floor grinder, dragging my ageing ass over the concrete to hand grind the remaining bits, repairing areas, acid and pressure cleaning again, double base coating with modified product for fullness, then finally re-spraying, our clients again have their beautiful driveway back to pristine condition and not only looking fantastic, but I also modified the products that I used making them stronger and more effective…..lets see this little sucker let go now, I dare you.

Now, we’re only a small operation, literally me, my wife and the odd sub-contractor. Finding time to complete warranty works, especially with what was required here, is very difficult. I explained to our clients here to please be patient, gave them an outline of what I would be completing whilst asking them to be patient about the overall time frame. We finished their respray over a 3 week period, leaving them full access on the driveway throughout the duration except for the last 2 days (yesterday and today), when the final coatings went down.

If you’re reading this Geoff & Val, thank you for your patience  in waiting for repairs, along with you respect and trust that we are professionals and only want the best results for you, along with you overall business. It was a pleasure working with you.

Colours Used
White base with Natural main colour, Blue Mountain borders and control inserts with White and Blue Mountain Flecking

Project Photos

Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Warranty Repairs Jacobs Well
Concrete Revamp Capalaba

Complete Concrete Revamp Capalaba

Project Description

Location: Capalaba
Project Size: 160sqm

Just completed this project after a few weeks of heavy work. Full grind back of existing concrete surface back to bare concrete, cleaning, priming, base coating and full new application of resurfacing in a different and unique colour combination. We always like something a little different.

Colours Used
Patio: Ocean Sand main colour with White and Fraser flecking
Pathways: River Sand main colour with White and Fraser flecking

Before After Concrete Resurfacing Gold Coast

Project Photos

Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
Concrete Revamp Capalaba
highlight stone

Our Artistic Approach

Welcome

It’s been a while since I’ve put an article on the website that is written with the intention of more “insight” into what we do, as opposed to being strictly business related explaining projects completed and services rendered.

We have a period at the moment where it seems to be public holiday after public holiday. That, coupled with the constant rain this time of year, finds me with a little free time to write up a more personal article.

I’ve got a bit of a strong philosophy with my creations. I don’t believe, when we are spray resurfacing or applying an epoxy coating, that attempting to “re-create” a natural finish is being truly accurate to the situation, nor being truly honest with our clients.

The problem with providing, (for instance), a “Sandstone” finish for a client with our spray on resurfacing products, is that that finish is directly compared with a true Sandstone tile finish. This is not what we’re after. I don’t want to replicate a true Sandstone finish, because if you’re after a true Sandstone finish, then head down a different path and install Sandstone tiling.

What I try to achieve, is a take on a Sandstone finish. Whether it be a modern take, a pastel conversion, or a complete contrast application with the same principles, but trying to create a something with true WOW factor.

We separate our pricing into three different catagories. These catagories are affected directly by the amount of time and effort it takes to apply them, plus also the creativity and foresight to find the right “feeling” for the design.

Let me explain roughly the differences.

Base Pricing - Standard Works

These designs can be considered the bread and butter of both spray resurfacing and epoxy coatings. They’re technically nothing special and can be applied by most applicators / artists.

I do have a saying though, “There is an elegance in simplicity”.

Spray - Single Colour

Concrete Resurfacing Ormeau

Spray - Borders

Concrete Resurfacing Ormeau

Epoxy - Flake Flooring

Epoxy Garage Helensvale

Epoxy - Single Colour

revamp holmview

Midway Pricing - Little More Detail

These designs can still be relatively considered standard, but due to the extra workmanship required to complete them, incur extra costing. I suppose the extras come in the detailing required in the patterning and centre pieces to fill empty space a little more effectively over larger areas.

Spray - Offset Tiles

Off Set Tile Resurfacing Eagleby

Spray - Extensive Detail

Concrete & Resurfacing Oxenford

Epoxy - Simple Blending

epoxy sample board

Epoxy - Overtoning

contrast overtoning

Premium Pricing - Full Detail

These are examples of our premium custom designs. We put everything we have, both artistically and physically into these creations and leave nothing wanting. These designs are very time consuming and are applied with all of our 20+ years of experience.

Just keep in mind though, due to the time consuming nature of these designs, there is an area limit to what can be completed in a single section. They are physically and mentally exhausting to complete.

For larger areas, stop points need to be created and these stop points may have variation in colouring between them, only slight, but natural pigment products very rarely produce the same result day after day.

What we do in this situation, is try and create start / stop points in areas of no interest. Meaning, at the side of the house where nobody really looks, as opposed to the front door where it’s the first thing you see when you walk onto your patio.

Apart from all that, these designs are truly one off pieces of art work and will never be 100% recreated twice anywhere. If we were a little more of a narcissist, we’d even sign our work at the bottom…but that’s a little rude.

As you can see, what we’re looking for with the designs is not a re-creation of a natural application so much, but a feeling. We want to install a “theme” if you will.

I love what we’ve done so far in our journey, we hope you do too.

Sand in your Toes

resurfacing walker concreting

Ocean Dreaming

resurfacing walker concreting

Stormy Skies

modern stone

Volcanic Stream

Epoxy Metallic Gold Coast

Volcanic Implosion

Epoxy Metallic Gold Coast

Marble(ish) Constrast

marblised
Concrete Resurfacing Broadbeach Waters

Concrete Refurbishment Broadbeach Waters

Project Description

Location: Broadbeach Waters
Project Size: 220sqm

Like Muhammed Ali dancing around the constant freaking rain that just seems to NEVER GO AWAY! We finally got our large project at Broadbeach Waters completed yesterday. Still a few little thing to take care of for our clients to make sure of full satisfaction in our work, but the majority is complete and onto something new now.

Driveway, patio, pathways resurfaced and concrete extensions installed.

French Grey main colouring w/ Triple flecking of Oyster, Silver Grey and Black.

Concrete Resurfacing Broadbeach Waters
Concrete Resurfacing Broadbeach Waters
Concrete Resurfacing Broadbeach Waters
Concrete Resurfacing Broadbeach Waters
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania

Project Description

Location: Bethania
Project Size: 25sqm

Part 1 of a larger project. This week we demolished the old concrete entrance and pathways that were beyond repair with resurfacing techniques, then of course re-poured them today. We’ll be back in a few weeks to resurface these new pathways, along with the remaining other concrete driveways.

Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania
Plain Concrete Installation Bethania