This past Spring Hubs and I had a project list that included sprucing up our front yard. That list included installing a new fence and updating our front porch. We had high hopes for this porch and started to get it into pretty good shape by cleaning it, painting the shutters and we even bought two new rockers thinking that would cozy it up. It wasn't bad. It looked pretty good with some hanging flowers and a new door wreath. Well, the flowers died because someone (me) didn't water them and Hubs kept saying we have to do something about the concrete. It was cracked, chipped and plain old dirty looking.
I scoured the internet for months and didn't really find anything that was DIY that I was interested in. However, I kept coming back to this product called Restore. The problem was there wasn't all that much information available on it. Being apprehensive about it, Hubs and I carried on doing other projects over the summer like sealing our fence and didn't think about the porch all that much.
I'm giddy to tell you that we ended up buying the Restore product at Lowe's one night on a total whim and couldn't be happier with the results. We figured the concrete porch couldn't look any worse. The product is well priced at about $25 a gallon.
Buy more than you think. I figured this porch would take 2 gallons and I'd call it a day. I figured I'd slap on one coat in the AM and the last coat few hours later. Here's what happened to us.
It was a warm Fall day. Full sun about 65 degrees out. I cut in with the brush as per the directions and this video. I covered all cracks and gaps as directed. You are supposed to use this special roller, which I bought, to apply the product on the surface. I didn't know what I was doing and ignored the fact that you need to apply it in one direction and DO NOT ROLL back and forth like you normally would with paint.
Lesson learned. Read the can. Call the Customer Service Number. They are super duper friendly and answered all my questions the next day when I "freaked out"...more on that later.
The next morning this is what I saw! ACK what are all those marks? I threw a fit so annoyed and blamed it all on Hubs. He took the heat and ignored me. I stormed around the house and finally called the Customer Service number in my sweetest voice. Mike from Restore was professional and told me not to worry.
The problem was a couple of things. 1) The temperature at night was inching close to 50 degrees which is right on the line of no good for this product 2) I didn't wait long enough for the second coat to dry 3) I should not have rolled back and forth 4) He recommends always adding 1 cup of water to 1 gallon to the product isn't so thick
Ok Mr. Mike, now what? Am I totally hosed now? He told me no worries and to apply one more coat with the water trick, but to let what I already had applied set up a few more days. Alrighty. I'll give it a shot.
The mums were from my local farmer's market and the galvanized buckets are from the paint section in Lowe's.
The color I used was Fieldstone. They mix it up for you in Lowe's and give the cans a real good shake in the shaker machine.
Remember to add the one cup of water and do try the special roller. I'm sure you'll have better luck with it, if you follow the directions :) As for my method of hand brushing. I used a wide angled brush, loaded it with Restore and brushed it on in 3x3 sections. I back brushed to smooth it out a little in the opposite direction. I really had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out better than I had hoped. Freak out session aside, I am so glad we tried this product. We plan on seeing how it holds up over the Winter and then may coat the front walkway. Right now that got a power washing and will have to wait 'til Spring.
So tell me if you end up using Restore!
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