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How to adhere a concrete garden feature

How to adhere a concrete garden feature

Concrete water features generally last many years before developing small cracks, crumbles or figurines that release from the base. Cement repair is easily accomplished by the do-it-yourself homeowner in short time and with little expense. After the repairs are made, you can re-seal your entire fountain with a clear sealant or paint it to create a garden focal point that appears new.

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HERE’S HOW:

Preparation

  • Cleaning surface with a light sand, grit blasting, and/or scabbling to remove all loose material, contaminants such as oil, grease, corrosion products or any other deleterious materials.
  • All repairs to be cut back to a minimum of 5mm to a sawn edge. Minimum application of epidermix 319 is 5mm.

Mixing

  • The base component should then be folded over the hardener and the whole material kneaded until the resultant mortar has an even consistency and uniform colour.
  • Do not add water to the mixed mortar. Mixing takes at least five minutes as all lumps must be broken down and an evenly wetted mortar obtained.
  • Coverage: 1 litre/m2/1mm thickness.

Application

  • epidermix 319 must be applied with a wood float. Smooth finish can be achieved using a wetted steel float.
  • epidermix 319should not be used in overhead locations.
  • epidermix 319 can be applied in a single layer up to 50mm thick horizontally and up to 12mm thick vertically.

GOOD TO KNOW:

  • Do not split the kit – use as supplied.
  • Do not expose to moving water during application.
  • Do not use at temperatures below 5°C or above 35°C

Secure

  • Use the tape and secure the broken pieces together.
  • Allow to dry and remove tape.

Coat

  • super laycryl or hydroproof can be used as a coat. Both products have excellent weathering properties, adhesion and is tough, flexible and non-toxic and it comes in a wide range of colours.
  • First coat – Brush on a fairly thick coat of super laycryl (1 litre/m2).
  • Second coat – Once the first coat has dried sufficiently to take working traffic (2 – 3 hours depending upon weather) apply a second coat of super laycryl (0.5 litre/m2).
  • Third and final coat can be applied when the second coat is dry at right angles of the second coat (0.5 litre/m2).
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