What is stamped concrete? How does it work?
This page is designed to give those unfamiliar with our product a
description of how decorative concrete is made. These particular
jobs used Integral Colorant, our Antiquing Release Agent, and our
Note: This is just an overview designed to give you a feel for the
stamped concrete process. For more technical assistance, please
When using the
integral coloring system, the first step is to put the colorant
into the truck. We recommend using a 4-inch slump. When adding the
color make sure you have brought the load to the top of the truck.
Simply tear off the the top of the bag, and throw in the entire
bag, including the packaging. This saves a lot of mess, and the
This is a fairly standard procedure. After the truck has mixed for
approximately 110 revolutions (about 5 minutes), pour the
Step 2: Striking
The initial leveling off of the concrete is called striking off.
Step 3: Jitterbugging
Allowing smoother finishing and stamping process known
as "jitterbugging" helps bring some of the cream to the top.
"Bullfloating" is the next step. This closes the surface, bringing
cream to the surface while flattening and smoothing it. It uses a
long-handled magnesium float. Edging the concrete gives it a nice
Step 5: Edging &
Edging the concrete gives it a nice smooth radius edge to the
Step 6: Throwing
Once satisfied with the edging and the finish, it is time to throw
Step 7: Laying
Laying the stamps starts on one side of the job, and works its way
over to the other side. This is a continuation of the laying
Step 8: Finishing
It may be necessary to touch up some of the joints using a chisel
before the concrete has dried.
Step 9: The End
After 1-2 days, or when concrete has cured sufficiently, it should
be pressure washed to remove excess release powder. After the
concrete has dried thoroughly, it should be sealed using our
non-yellowing acrylic sealer.