Installing an Impression Pattern is easier than you might think. Of course, there are a few key principles to remember. First, our patent pending Impression Patterns are notconcrete stamps and they are not concrete stencils. So don't try to use them exactly as such. Second, the initial placement of an Impression Pattern does not have to be perfect; while it sits on the surface of wet concrete or overlay you can adjust it, manipulate it, drag it, and wiggle it before settling on its final position. Any marks or lines left from previous placements will disappear as you trowel over the Impression Pattern. How forgiving is that!
• Impression Pattern
• Release Agent
• Texture Rollers (optional)
After the concrete is poured or the overlay is applied, trowel it to a smooth finish. Do not allow the material to fully dry before installing the patent pending Impression Pattern. The concrete or overlay must be wet enough to trowel once the Impression Pattern is set into the surface.
Spray the concrete or overlay surface and both sides of the Impression Pattern with a liberal amount of liquid release. This helps prevent the Impression Pattern from sticking to the surface. Lay the Impression Pattern (flat side up) onto the surface in the general location where you intend to place it. Adjust its position freely. Do not worry about any left-over marks or lines left from previous positions of the Impression Pattern. These will eventually be troweled out.
Once you have settled upon its final position, begin to tap the Impression Pattern into the surface using your trowel. Tap gently on all areas of the Impression Pattern to imprint it into the surface uniformly and consistently.
When the top of the Impression Pattern is flush with the concrete or overlay surface begin troweling over the entire area, even the Impression Pattern. Trowel in a manner consistent with how you would finish any concrete or overlay surface.
(Optional) Roll a textured roller over the Impression Pattern in areas where additional texture is desired. Consider using liquid or powder release to prevent puckering.
(Optional) Some customers prefer a wash or exposed aggregate finish in or around an Impression Pattern design. Treat the applicable surface areas with a retardant (e.g. brown sugar and water mixed at a ratio of 1:2) to slow the concrete curing process. Spray the treated surface with a pressure sprayer once the untreated surface is set and dry. This will allow you to isolate the wash finish where the surface was treated and not expose the aggregate in untreated surface areas.
When the concrete or overlay is dry, remove the Impression Pattern by lifting up from one end.
Make sure the concrete is clean and porous before installing NewLook concrete stains. Exfoliate and clean the surface with NewLook EcoAcid. Then power wash thoroughly to rinse all residue. Follow instructions found in each products' Technical Data Sheet.
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