While walking in a neighborhood (on vacation, away from home) I noticed
a homeowner had coated his concrete walkway from the sidewalk to his
porch, including his porch with a pea pebble type coating. I've seen
pebble coating on trash containers at the park, etc., but have no idea
about how to apply it over a walkway that I have. I went to the big-box
stores and asked but no help there. Any takers on this one?
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I could be wrong, but I think that what you were seeing was an
exposed aggregate finish on concrete. It is not a coating, but a
particular aggregate in the mix, finished in a particular way. It
is fairly simple to do, but I have never seen it done as a coating.
It is always done during the pour itself.
There are contractors who specialize in this surface. I forget what it is
called but it used to be very popular, I think it is something like pebbles
in an epoxy fluid that are applied either as a slurry or pebble scattering
followed by a shiny epoxy coating, all applied to the existing drive or
walk. I've heard that many of these contractors are suspect, re quality, and
have seen some nasty freeze damage to the surfaces, not long into the life
of the stuff. I would avoid it, unless you get lots of references, and look
at older installations.
Google for epoxy rock. In Florida, it is often called "chatahoochee".
To apply it, you mix the pebbles with epoxy and pour it on, level it out.
Could trowel, I guess, but a thin coat won't last all that long...pebbles
get dislodged. It is quite porous too whether thick or thin.
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