Sealing Natural Stone, Craig’s Outdoor Renovations

WBS is putting together some simple ‘How To’ videos showing where and when you should be sealing decorative concrete on a typical outdoor renovation.

Natural Stone Sealer Pro Seal 896

‘Craig’s Place’ will involve sealing natural stone tiles, sealing new concrete ready to be honed. More videos will come about concrete colour sealed driveways and pathways. Stay tuned…

 

Honed concrete, preparing concrete for a hone and seal.

sealing honed concrete

Honed concrete, how to hone and seal concrete.

  • How to protect new natural stone pool coping from the concrete pour.
  • What type of concrete mix, finishing requirements the contractor needs.
  • Pouring, placing and finishing concrete ready for honing.
  • Grinding the concrete to a 30grit diamond size usually helps slip ratings.
  • Care required around the new natural stone pool coping. 
  • Using Pro Seal 896 helps to cure and protects from stains until you grind.

Pre-sealing the natural stone coping tiles helps prevent staining and marking during the placement and finishing of the concrete.

Concrete cement colours and aggregate sizes and types will vary. As a rule request a higher strength mix, usually 32 Mpa. Ask your concrete to be careful edging pressure and screed mark depressions, the concrete needs to be flat. All sections need to fall in one plane, strip grates are better than small round grates. My personal finish is with a rotary trowel to compact the fines reducing small air voids. All of these things will affect the finish and how much grinding will be required for an even exposure of stone.

Always use a good grinding contractor with good machinery with at least 5 years grinding experience. They should be using metal bond diamonds and cut the finish at less than 60 grit around an outdoor area for non-slip purposes. Check building codes always for outdoor area requirements. In this case, we finished at 30grit because this will be a pool area, external wet areas can be hazardous for running and slipping.

We applied Pro Seal 896 to the coping tiles in the first video and now to protect concrete from stains prior to honing. This also helps cure the concrete better, before the grinding process 1 week later. Watch the video below and feel free to add comments…

 

Sealing Honed Concrete on a wet surface, using Pro Seal 896

Sealing ‘Honed Concrete’ using Pro Seal 896, how to hone and seal concrete on a wet surface.

sealing honed concrete

Concrete Sealing with Pro Seal 896 is easy. Just pressure clean (using a water-soluble degreaser) the honed concrete surface and immediately apply Pro Seal 896 on a wet surface. Pro Seal 896 uses the power of water to penetrate into the concrete matrix. Sealing honed concrete with Pro Seal 896 is easy and stress-free.

In the first video, we applied Pro Seal 896 to the coping tiles to protect concrete from stains prior to pouring & honing. 

The second video we protected and strengthened the newly laid concrete.

This video we show the grinding and sealing of the newly honed concrete using Pro Seal 896.