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01 Oct 2009 04:20 AM


    This is the before picture of a concrete top with some sort of ring etch through the expoy type finish.



    This is as good as I could get it to lookwith CA and a razorblade.



    Here's a nice chip. I dremelled it out a bit with a diamond bit and hit it with the light kit and some CA over the abrasions in the epoxy.



    Nuthin' to brag about, but what do you expect without removing the topcoat?

    I did another chip repair also. There was funk at the faucet, but I didn't touch it. I didn't bother the cracks at the sink either.

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    01 Oct 2009 05:28 AM
    Could you have put some epoxy over the top of the stain and the CA? The chip repair looks much better.
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    01 Oct 2009 01:57 PM
    That stuff looks like a nightmare to fix.
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    01 Oct 2009 02:13 PM
    Posted By Brian_Stone on 01 Oct 2009 07:57 AM
    That stuff looks like a nightmare to fix.

    Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

    Andy:

    I suppose one could try to feather in some epoxy for the ring repair, but how much time can you spend and still have a cost effective repair? I spent two hours at this place to get two chips and one ring repaired at this level of quality.

    I got paid, but if they want any better, I'm grinding that crap off and refinishing with exposed aggregate and some sealer. That's gonna cost some money.


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    06 Oct 2009 08:10 PM
    I think any type of applied finish that sits on the surface is going to be hard to repair. I suppose if you are the only one doing it, there could be good money in it.
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    07 Oct 2009 02:32 AM
    Posted By Andy on 06 Oct 2009 02:10 PM
    I think any type of applied finish that sits on the surface is going to be hard to repair. I suppose if you are the only one doing it, there could be good money in it.

    Andy:

    You are correct. If the scratches in this top would have been solid surface or even granite or estone, they could have been removed. If you abrade epoxy, you have more abraded epoxy.

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    11 Dec 2009 12:49 AM
    Tell me why, anyone that acutally uses their kitchen, would want some of the countertop choices that are used? If you don't cook and want it only for show great.. do whatever. But, if your going to cook and use it.. geesh...get real. Good Repair on an impossible project Joe.
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    11 Dec 2009 07:34 AM
    I should be on the concrete replacment job soon,  the staining do to sealer failier is hidious.  Pics comming
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    11 Dec 2009 10:40 PM

    Thanks, Wags. I bid to strip, reprofile and reseal this top as well as cover it with solid surface. That was a few months ago and I haven't heard anything back.

     

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    18 Dec 2009 07:29 PM
    Sadly, this is a common occurance. It doesn't have to be. There are good-looking, stain-proof sealers for concrete countertops.

    This sealer was either inappropriate to begin with or not applied correctly. The orange peel appearance of that sealer is unacceptable. I also notice pinholes in the concrete (there's one to the left of the chip closeup) - completely unacceptable. The concrete also should not have cracked around the sink.

    This type of thing gives concrete a bad reputation that is undeserved. Whoever made it should be getting the blame, not the concrete itself.

    Kowboy, would you be willing to let me put those photos on my website in the Hall of Shame gallery (the before photos)? I will not identify where they came from. The purpose of the Hall of Shame is to educate consumers and designers about what is and isn't acceptable for concrete countertops and prevent them from buying inferior concrete countertops.
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    18 Dec 2009 08:49 PM
    Posted By Lane Mangum of The Concrete Countertop Institute on 18 Dec 2009 01:29 PM
    Sadly, this is a common occurance. It doesn't have to be. There are good-looking, stain-proof sealers for concrete countertops. ........

    Kowboy, would you be willing to let me put those photos on my website in the Hall of Shame gallery (the before photos)? I will not identify where they came from. The purpose of the Hall of Shame is to educate consumers and designers about what is and isn't acceptable for concrete countertops and prevent them from buying inferior concrete countertops.


    We are seeing more and more (many much worse) of this kind of thing so far we have not done much about them (oher than document the issues) as we are still learning about concrete repairs.


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    18 Dec 2009 11:42 PM
    Posted By Lane Mangum of The Concrete Countertop Institute on 18 Dec 2009 01:29 PM
    Sadly, this is a common occurance. It doesn't have to be. There are good-looking, stain-proof sealers for concrete countertops.

    This sealer was either inappropriate to begin with or not applied correctly. The orange peel appearance of that sealer is unacceptable. I also notice pinholes in the concrete (there's one to the left of the chip closeup) - completely unacceptable. The concrete also should not have cracked around the sink.

    This type of thing gives concrete a bad reputation that is undeserved. Whoever made it should be getting the blame, not the concrete itself.

    Kowboy, would you be willing to let me put those photos on my website in the Hall of Shame gallery (the before photos)? I will not identify where they came from. The purpose of the Hall of Shame is to educate consumers and designers about what is and isn't acceptable for concrete countertops and prevent them from buying inferior concrete countertops.

    Lane:

    First, welcome to the fabnet. Second, you can use any of my posted pictures you please. We need to do everything we can to raise the standards for all countertop surfaces.

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    19 Dec 2009 04:57 AM
    Hi Lane,  welcome.  I  for one would be interested in hearing more from the concrete industry here at the Fabnet.   When I speak with new customers I am often asked if I do concrete.   I am one who doesn't like to sway a customer but instead point them to places of info so they can make up their own mind,  or at least be able to answer simple questions for them.   Periodic sealing is one such topic.   What do you recommend and how often?    Thanks,  Dave G
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    19 Dec 2009 02:22 PM
    Posted By David G. on 18 Dec 2009 10:57 PM 
      I am one who doesn't like to sway a customer but instead point them to places of info so they can make up their own mind,  or at least be able to answer simple questions for them.  

    David:

    A bit off topic here, but I have to address this. I make no apologies for my blatent attempts to sway customers to do business with me. Customers need all the help they can get and if I can't persuade them that my products and services are the best availiable, then I haven't done my job and don't deserve their business.


    I did a warranty assessment for a manufacturer two months ago. I followed up with the customer yesterday, found out their claim was disallowed and booked the work. Are these customers grateful I "bugged" them? Yep. Will they be even more glad I called when the repair is made and they've paid me? Yes again.


    When you don't attempt to "sway" customers, you are cheating them. Learn and practice sales skills, especially closing, and use them aggressively and unapologetically. Your customers deserve no less.


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    19 Dec 2009 06:12 PM
    Kowboy,  while I agree with you ,  I live in a  very small town and I am very good friends with the 2 gents who do concrete tops, I am very careful about being acused of slamming them .     I sure do have an opinion about other materials but in the end if I provide a place for customers to get info I have done them a service and they will love my offerings that much more when they choose me.    I let them ask me questions and since they did I will answer them and truthfully.   Sales skills?  Im as smooth as silk   and thats why Im putting in another  7 day week 
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    21 Dec 2009 02:36 PM
    Thanks for the welcome guys! Joe, thanks for letting me use your photos.

    Dave, your sealing question: The answer is "it depends". Almost every question about concrete countertops depends on the sealer: "Will it stain?", "Will it scratch?", "Can I put hot pots on it?". Some "sealers" provide little stain protection and need to be reapplied frequently, others are virtually bullet-proof and require no maintenance. The Concrete Countertop Institute recommends the use of a coating sealer that stands up to staining agents and acids, but others in the industry choose penetrating sealers that they feel optimize the natural look of the concrete.

    There is an extensive article about the various types of concrete sealers and their properties at http://www.concretecountertopinstit...itemid=52. There is also information for consumers about how to evaluate a concrete countertop maker at http://www.concretecountertopinstitute.com/modules/info/how_to_evaluate_a_contractor.html.

    I hope this helps.

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    21 Dec 2009 04:45 PM
    Posted By David G. on 19 Dec 2009 12:12 PM 
       Sales skills?  Im as smooth as silk   and thats why Im putting in another  7 day week 

    David:

    I have no doubt about your sales skills, but you need help with your rates if you're working seven days a week.

    Raise 'em.

    You'll then work five days a week and still be paid for the other two you're working now, and your wife and kids will thank me.

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    21 Dec 2009 04:57 PM
    Posted By Lane Mangum of The Concrete Countertop Institute on 21 Dec 2009 08:36 AM
    The Concrete Countertop Institute recommends the use of a coating sealer that stands up to staining agents and acids, but others in the industry choose penetrating sealers that they feel optimize the natural look of the concrete. 


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    Lane:

    I do much more repair work than fabrication these days, so naturally repairabliity is very high on my list of factors when evaluating countertops. It seems to me the coating sealers may prevent more stains, but when they fail they would be much harder to repair than a penetrating type sealer.

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    21 Dec 2009 09:54 PM
    Lane, welcome to the FabNet forum.
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    22 Dec 2009 02:59 AM
    Posted By Kowboy on 21 Dec 2009 10:45 AM
    Posted By David G. on 19 Dec 2009 12:12 PM 
       Sales skills?  Im as smooth as silk   and thats why Im putting in another  7 day week 

    David:

    I have no doubt about your sales skills, but you need help with your rates if you're working seven days a week.

    Raise 'em.

    You'll then work five days a week and still be paid for the other two you're working now, and your wife and kids will thank me.

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