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Old 09-30-2007, 03:51 PM
 
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By the way, Pobre, how did you manage to keep the chemicals from killing your lawn....I understand you have to rinse off the concrete after etching, cleaning, etc. Doesn't the run-off from that stuff kill your grass/bushes/flowers?
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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By the way, Pobre, how did you manage to keep the chemicals from killing your lawn....I understand you have to rinse off the concrete after etching, cleaning, etc. Doesn't the run-off from that stuff kill your grass/bushes/flowers?
Acid etching is scrubbing (muratic) acid in the concrete after it has been thoroughly cleaned, in orthe to scratch or etch the surface. Concrete stain penetrates the concrete, rather than lay on the surface like paint. Therefore, you need to "open the pores" of the concrete in order for the stain to really penetrate.

Talk to the people at Home Depot, they were great with me.

As for keeping it off of the grass, I have bedding on one side, and grass on the other. I put some plastic sheeting on the grass, and that kept it off.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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I know some guys who own Riverbed Concrete. They specialize in stained concrete floors and countertops. Riverbed Concrete

I have no idea what they charge, but they have a nice portfolio.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks to everyone for contributing to this discussion, it is really helping me decide what to do. Whereas I haven't decided yet, at least now when I do, it will be an educated choice!

Cheers! M2
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Old 05-13-2009, 01:30 PM
 
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MMM

I know it's been a couple years but I wanted to bump this thread back up and see if you had any updates as to what you ended up doing. I'm considering the DIY approach for my 10X30 rectangle but not sure I have the patience Pobre apparently had... His looks great! Any pics you (or anyone else) have would be great!

Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:05 PM
 
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1300-1500 sounds about right. its not cheap. for the small area you have, you could do real stone for cheaper.
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