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Will I Need To Paint Or Touch Up My Concrete Product?

Will I Need To Paint Or Touch Up My Concrete Product?YOU'll BE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THE ANSWER IS NO!

All of our precast concrete products are made by hand right here in the USA by master artisans. The technology that goes into the creation process is really quite simple, and we're going to tell you a little bit about it in this informative info page!

Whether you choose a fire bowl, patio table, decorative planter, or charming animal bench, each custom piece undergoes a step-by-step process to ensure quality, strength, durability, and longevity. These concrete features are not made ahead of time and placed on shelves or pallets, waiting for a suitable requisition to send it on its way. With your specifications, our artisans will begin the process of preparing a concrete mixture. Just before it is hand-poured into a mold that matches the dimension and motif that you've chosen, a coloring additive is blended in, creating a beautiful fusion that will be consistent throughout. Afterward the blend has hardened, our skilled craftsmen and women go to work putting the finishing touches on your product, which could involve sandblasting and/or cleaning. 

Left to right (please note the colors demonstrated are approximate):

  • pouring coloring additive into concrete
  • mixing concrete blend with coloring additive
  • example of concrete and coloring additive after blending process
Coloring additive is poured into concrete.   Mixing color into the concrete.   Concrete mixture shown in taupe.

Even if, for some reason, your bowl, bench, table, or planter should become subject to an accidental nick or chip, you'll find that the blemish will be virtually unnoticeable because the color is uniform. Additionally, this means that you will never have to “touch up” your concrete bowl with paint in the future! We don't believe in surface painting – this is an inferior practice that is characteristic of lower quality products. 

Precast concrete will display air pockets - these are not flaws!One more thing we must call attention to is the surface texture of our precast concrete products. You'll notice with these bowls, air pockets (shown at right) can be seen and are a common occurrence with this material and fabrication process. The frequency and size of the pockets cannot be controlled in any way. This is not considered this a flaw; rather, a characteristic that adds to the uniqueness and natural beauty of your bowl. 

You can use your concrete bowl as a planter!

There are some ways that you can care for and maintain your concrete product to ensure a long life! 

  • Cleaning and routine care:
    • To minimize any scratches that may occur due to the use of the product, avoid contacting the surface with any heavy, rough, or sharp objects.
    • Hairline cracks and spotting (1/16" or less) are not flaws or manufacturing defects. Due to the nature of the material, these variances may occur naturally and are considered part of your product's character.
    • Concrete products are porous. This means that they are susceptible to discoloration and stains from oils, acidic substances, and caustic liquids (such as bleach, degreasers, chemical sprays, etc.). Clean up any spills immediately to prevent damaging the finish.
    • To clean your concrete product: wash with a mild soap and water solution (1 part soap: 4 parts water) and a soft cloth. For stubborn stains, combine 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water and gently scrub with a soft-bristled (vinyl) brush. Allow your product to dry.
    • To preserve the surface of your concrete product, apply a masonry/concrete sealer once a year. Make sure to wait 24 hours after cleaning your product before applying this protective coating.
    • Just like natural stone, concrete will develop a patina in your outdoor living space due to oxidation and exposure to natural elements. Because no two products are identical, we recommend consulting your owner's manual for more detailed instructions on how to care for the concrete surface.
  • Protect your concrete product from the elements:
    • A great option for protecting your concrete product is to apply a good quality sealer. This should be done at least once a year. Remember to thoroughly clean your outdoor feature before applying the sealer. We also recommend getting a cover to keep your product looking like brand new!

Now that you can see why we love these gorgeous, easy to care for products, we hope you'll check out our line of must-have concrete products  for your outdoor living space!

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Last updated on September 21st 2020.

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