Caravella Cement

Stamping Guide


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 stamping mats.
Note: This is just an overview designed to give you a feel for the stamped concrete process. For more technical assistance, please contact us.

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 bag disintegrates.

Step1: Pouring
This is a fairly standard procedure. After the truck has mixed for approximately 110 revolutions (about 5 minutes), pour the concrete.

Step 2: Striking Off
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.

Step 4: Bullfloating
"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 smooth radius

Step 5: Edging & Trowelling
Edging the concrete gives it a nice smooth radius edge to the concrete.

Step 6: Throwing Release
Once satisfied with the edging and the finish, it is time to throw the release.

Step 7: Laying the Tools
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 process.

Step 8: Finishing Touches
It may be necessary to touch up some of the joints using a chisel before the concrete has dried.

Step 9: The End Product
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.

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