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Old 03-10-2014, 01:10 PM
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I poured my concrete countertop yesterday with the help of a Brickie friend. It's just white sand, granite sand and white cement. The finish is floated, not troweled so slightly rough. I figured this would be ok as I'd easily polish off the rough surface. I'm looking now and seeing some imperfections and wondering if I should make up a mix and trowel it on to get a smoother finish. There's a few small 'very minor' hollows I'd like to fill. I'm wondering should I fill the hollows in 2 weeks when I start to polish or should I do it sooner?
Also do I need to wait 2 weeks to start polishing?
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:12 PM
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Nope, filling low spots will not work. Live with it or do it over.

You should wait 7 - 10 days before you polish.
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:20 PM
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Thanks stonecutter, the low spots are very minimal so I'm not worried. Can't wait to start polishing and see how it turns out
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There's a few small 'very minor' hollows I'd like to fill.
When you say "hollows" do you mean variations in the flatness of the surface or pin holes? I think Stonecutter is assuming the former as pinholes can be filled prior to polishing the surface (but you probably already knew that).

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Old 03-10-2014, 02:31 PM
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Atk, yes its hollows and only 1 or 2 but very minimal. Nothing I can't live with
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You could feather them out before you polish.

ATK, I wasn't referring to pin holes.
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What do you mean by feather them out?
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Grind the surface around the hollow...blend it in.
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Old 03-19-2014, 10:41 AM
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I'm gutted!! Going to rip out the countertop and do it again. I started polishing last night just to see a sample. I picked a small patch and just did the 50grit. I was amazed at how good the finish can get and I can see how it could be truly amazing BUT the floated finish on my countertop has too many imperfections like pockmarks and small grooves. I'm going to do it again and get a good trowelled finish to start on. The mix I used, equal parts, white sand, granite sand, white cement looks great. I love the finish. Its just going to annoy me looking at it for years if I dont do it right so I'll be cutting it out over the next week or so and will start again. I know if I leave it small bits of dirt etc will get into those grooves and hollows and I'll never be able to clean them out.....Big job but the decisions been made!!
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If you cast it upside down it will be pretty close to perfect.
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