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How to fix my "coloured" concrete walkways?

A contractor did a lousy job of my coloured concrete walkways. I had ordered velvet brown . The colour ended up pink. I complained and by the time he finally came to fix it , he quickly rolled a painted colour on before I could get home and see it. I did not ask for "painted" concrete. It's been fading, chipping, and looks terrible. I have contacted the contractor and he finally agreed to come and try to fix the problem again but never did show up. That was a year ago. Unfortunately there was no contract. Any suggestions of how to make it look better?

    • Sylvia
      Sylvia Canada
      on Aug 13, 2017

      Very informative videos. Thank you Molly!

  • Kathleen Finan
    Kathleen Finan
    on Aug 13, 2017

    www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/walkways/...

  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR
    on Aug 13, 2017

    File a complaint with the state contractor's licensing board online, try and get a refund for shoddy work. The contractor will then have to address the problem, but I don't know if you've waited to long. At least it will be on his record if another person checks his listing with the state before they hire him, complaints show, and so does his not having fixed the problem.

  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner Rochester, MN
    on Aug 13, 2017

    I would try to talk to him again, if he doesn't respond or show up, call him again and tell him you will be contacting the BBB and other organizations about the work that was not what you paid for and the unsatisfactory behavior since then. If you can put up with the "painted concrete" for a while longer this may push him to fix what wasn't right from the start. He relies on satisfied customers for his reputation and bringing in new customers. This may push him to fix his work the right way this time and not just paint it over again.

  • Cindy Darsey Chadwell
    Cindy Darsey Chadwell Pensacola, FL
    on Aug 13, 2017

    with no contract you may not be able to force him to fix the issue.... maybe powerwash it and restain it yourself.

    • Sylvia
      Sylvia Canada
      on Aug 13, 2017

      I think you may be right. I will have to find a reputable contractor that will fix it properly and make sure this one has paperwork.

  • on Aug 13, 2017

    If nothing else, please file a complaint with BBB and the State to protect others from this low-life! Check out the following website for many interesting articles on sidewalks, including "Pros & Cons of Decorative Concrete Sidewalks" and "How to stain a concrete sidewalk." http://www.doityourself.com/search?dsp=how-to&psearch=concrete+sidewalks

  • Rachel
    Rachel Minneapolis, MN
    on Aug 14, 2017

    There is a product called Rocksoild, produced Rustolem, that might provide the fix your looking for.

  • KatAych
    KatAych Alameda, CA
    on Aug 14, 2017

    Repaint it but make sure that it is sealed properly and you should be good to go.

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