I just had a new $15,000 stamped concrete job done. the color was off after they sealed it so they just threw release on top and resealed that area. looks like crap. can i strip and reseal myself?
After spending *that* much money to have it done, I sure wouldn't be doing anything myself. The job should be completed to *your* liking for what you paid. ;o)
The installer needs to either strip off the original sealer and use stains and colorants to tweak what's there, or show up with a jackhammer to remove and repour at his expense. Installing stamped concrete that doesn't look cheap takes skill. Fixing a crap job takes even more skill. I wouldn't recommend it for a first timer, especially on a $15k job. Yikes, get what you paid for.
sealing concrete is the bane of most concrete contractors ( and designers) existence.
That is why you might have a look at your contract to see the paragraph about coloration and small hair line cracks. It is usually standard info about the non preciseness of color and the natural nature of concrete to hair line crack.
As someone who has a few years of experience in this field I would not recommend that you do anything to the concrete surface yourself.
Work with your contractor.
If he won't respond then hire a highly respected concrete finisher to take a look at your concrete.
There are so many variables that it would make your head spin and along with all those variables ( type of concrete/ powder colorant/ liquid colorant/ penetrating sealer/ non pen. sealer/ shiny/ satin/ release agents/ multiple types of strippers specific for different types of concrete and the pour ..... )
At 15 K you probably have around 900 to 1000 square ft . That's a lot of coverage . Try working with the original contractor first, especially if he is someone who knows his business. If all fails then go to a reputable finisher.
They'll figure out how to solve the problem the best way possible and safely ( this is not a non toxic fix )
We are having major issues as well. In fact we are about done with concrete. I am ready to give up get pavers.
Can our issues be fixed?? See our blog please for the pictures and issues we have had.
Thanks for any help!
Here is a link that might be useful: ConcreteNightmare