After patiently waiting for 12 years, I finally have a lovely patio.
The sealant was sprayed this afternoon and has dried. But the orange
accent color is too strong and overwhelming. Is there any way I can
subdue it? I'm too embarrassed to call the men that did it. They did
exactly what I asked them to do!
On 15 Jul 2006 17:35:18 -0700, with neither quill nor qualm,
firstname.lastname@example.org quickly quoth:
Yes, call them and maybe they'll give you a discount for redoing it.
Besides, it'll give them great satisfaction that you finally agree
with their silent opinion of the color. <g>
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I would call them back at once . They color may fade with time or it
may be a matter of applying a new sealer coat.
They have almost certainly had this happen before. If they tried to
talk you out of that color they may be expecting your call.
I once painted a bedroom a nice peach color, looked great on the sample
but three 8 x 10 foot walls was a bit overpowering.
When we bought out current hose my wife went to the paint store to
pick out a color for the family room. She wanted a nice peach
color too. It looked like a gallon of Pepto Bismol. I had to leave
town that day to have our old house packed up and stuff moved, so
painted with whatever she bought. Seven years later (when I
repainted) it still looked like a room full of Pepto Bismol. She's
no longer allowed to choose wall colors. ;-)
My wife's business is painting. Her policy is for the customer to
purchase his/her own paint. Even so, it's very common for people to
call and say "it's too dark" or "I don't like it." In fact, her
current customer did just that.
It's rather difficult to look at a paint sample---especially a dark
paint---and realize how that sample will look on a wall or elsewhere.
Call 'em up, tell 'em you love it but your husband hates it.... <grin>
Best -- Terry
With the sparse info suppled, no way of telling what is required to
change the color. If it was a new stamped concrete patio, it ain't
gonna be easy or cheap to change. If it was some type of color
coating applied to an existing concrete, then it may be a lot easier.
I would start by calling back the company that did it. They are in
business to make money and you aren't the first customer that changed
their mind. As long as you are not blaming them for the look, they
will be happy to get the job to do it again.
First off give it a few days, it may tone down a little bit. Not
knowing what they used makes it hard to give sound advise. Alot of
products out there start off alot brighter than they end up after a
while. Find out if what they use has uv protectant in it.
As for calling the contractor back....I've done flooring for 21 years,
the last 10 in the epoxy coatings industry. From that
perspective....Every once in awhile I get a call back and the customer
will tell me "this isn't what I picked" or "the sample didn't look like
this"..."Fix it". More often than not in these circumstances I end up
doing added work at my cost just to keep a customer happy. If I do a
job well, they tell 2-3 people, if they feel I do a job bad, they tell
20 people. Call the guys, tell them what you said here. They did as
For them, to have a customer honest like that is a breath of fresh air.
I'll bet they cut you a deal or they may have a easy remedy and won't
charge you anything. It's better to ask than to get frustrated every
time you look at the slab.
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