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Old 09-06-2009, 08:13 PM
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Default Concrete top coat

A question for some of you who have done concrete work on the homestead. We built a root cellar(well contractor) and he didnt finish the job. We had to do the grinding to smooth the surface and take off the big booboos. Now we need to put a thin coat made from portland cement and sand on all the interior surfaces and the exposed front wall to smooth it for painting. Has anyone done this and if so what is the ratio of cement to sand? We are thinking maybe 3:1. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-07-2009, 04:52 PM
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this explains it alot better then I could
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:04 AM
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Thanks Craig, if my math is correct that fellow was using a 2:1 or there abouts ratio. We went with the 3:1 and it worked great for filling in the holes where the forms were held together. We decided to forego the top coat as the surface was smooth enough for painting after it was ground out.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-13-2009, 05:29 PM
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BHM has a reall good article on it.. here is the link to the story:
"The sound of tools properly used is as a pleasing tune. The craftsman has no need to examine a saw to know if it is sharp, or if it is handled properly. - Walter Rose the Village Carpenter 1921.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:44 AM
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One way is to mix portland and acyrilic additive to the point that it will brush and paint with that. You can use white portland and or color.

If you need more thickness as stucco, rolling on a coat to glue things togather is a plan. Use 1/3 additive with the water and use in a couple of hours.
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