Concrete Micro-Topping Diy
Micro-Topping is a thin, flexible layer that is designed to bond to concrete. But the cement-like material also works with wood, plastic or metal. MicroTopping can be used for interior or exterior projects, on vertical or horizontal surfaces, and provides a durable coating that protects the underlying material in wet conditions.
A variety of color options and combinations allows unique designs that can be installed directly on bare, hardened concrete. The finished application is only as thin as a credit card. Micro-Top can be used on smooth concrete or printed on floors, walls and concrete countertops. Let us see how you can do concrete microtopping yourself.
Things you will need
- Trowel or a 6-inch spatula
Preparation of the Concrete
- Clean the dust and debris from the concrete. Vacuum the surface completely to remove all loose material.
- Use a degreasing detergent to remove all traces of grease and oil.
- Wash away the residue and allow it to dry completely.
- Scrape, grind or sand any foreign material that protrudes from the floor to create a solid flat surface.
- Clean up any debris created in this process.
- Fill the cracks and chips by installing evenly semi-rigid elastomeric crack filler with a wide squeegee.
Applying the Micro-Top Finish
- Mark any design or pattern you want to use on bare concrete with a marker. Label the color to use for each area, creating a paint-by-number pattern directly on the concrete surface.
- You can create any color or pattern design you want.
- Pour a small amount of micro-Top base coat onto a prepared floor section. It is spread over the coverage area in a thin sheet with a spatula or a spatula. Continue this process until all areas are covered. Wait until this coat is dry to the touch.
- Apply the acrylic sealant to the whole Micro-Top system with a brush or paint roller. Let this finish dry completely before allowing traffic to the surface.
Suggestions & Warnings
- Use the Bomanite epoxy primer under the base layer if the original concrete is prone to water penetration from below.
- Protect the application in a high layer of micro-top from water spray to prevent permanent white fading in the final finish.
- Read the instructions of all manufacturers completely before the start project.
- Sandblasting and grinding the entire surface is not necessary unless necessary to create a particular effect.