Every time I do mason work, I finish up with a fresh respect for professional masons who do the work very well. There’s more science to it than one might think and it takes a lot of practice to get the techniques right.
My second observation is that whenever I do a project that doesn’t turn out so well, I always find that there are good YouTube videos out there that would have helped me a lot, had I watched them BEFORE I started, as I made the classic novice error of mixing the concrete too soupy and wound up with a puddle that couldn’t be properly floated.
So being none to impressed with the coarse, slightly unlevel finish of my concrete poor, now that it’s pretty well cured, I decided to try doing a skim coat.
I found a half bag of ConPro Oneshot in my shed, but when I tested it in a corner, it crumbled when dry….. Home Depot, here I come. They have a product by Henry called Uni Pro that gets good reviews,and best of all, I didn’t have to buy a huge bag…. I chose the little 3 lb. box fox $6.
This time I prepped the surface by putting a “curb” on 3 sides. Mixing was easy, but this stuff sets up really fast, so you have to think it through and even do a dry run….. Just like with a big clamped glue up.
I used my Sheetrock tools, which worked well…
I was just a little short of mix, but it’s very close. I’ll evaluate it when dry and may hit it again, as it was easy enough.
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