Nine years ago, after attending a three-day decorative concrete training event, Quick decided to start a decorative concrete contracting business. The company focuses on overlay cement, staining, epoxy coatings, and stencil patterning. After starting his contracting business, he opened a product distribution business, representing a half dozen different manufacturers, including his own formulation of overlay cement material. His contracting business has grown to account for 50% of his total revenues, a milestone that pleases him.
Quick was recognized in Concrete Construction’s annual Decorative Concrete Project of the Year awards for a project involving simulated wood flooring on a residence project. He demonstrated this at the Artistry demos.
He started by spraying black colored overlay cement over his slab with a hopper gun and let it dry completely. Using ¼-inch strapping tape, he taped out the edges of his wood planks. Afterward, he sprayed tan-blond colored overlay cement over the slab. “I sprayed three planks at a time, pausing to drag a kitchen broom over each one to add grain texture to the boards before the overlay got too hard,” he says. “Then we twisted paint brushes [chip brushes] in a circle to simulate the grain pattern around knot holes.” He repeated this process to finish all the boards. After he removed the tape and scraped the surface to remove any bumps, he applied dark acrylic stain to the knot holes to finish the look. Two coats of polyaspartic polyurea sealer created an abrasion-resistant, glossy surface.
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