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Surface Preparations The first part of the process is placing the wire mesh/concrete matting to support the slab and provide a good structure. Dimension lines created to pattern the 2 inches height of the concrete cement. This is to ensure the concrete will pour to a full 2 inch thickness for driveways. Next, a grid of rebar is put in place to further strengthen and support the concrete. Once all of the set-up completed, the concrete is poured into place. Pouring Concrete There are basically two methods of applying color to concrete. The first is integral color, where the color is added right in the cement mixer, giving the cement a solid color all way through. The second (and most popular) method is the dry-shake method. After the concrete is poured and prepped, a dry powder (color hardener) is applied to the surface. The hardener is equally leveled into the concrete, and the process repeated several times to ensure proper penetration. Not only does the color hardener tint the concrete, it also increases the surface strength significantly. Applying color hardener At this point, a secondary color can be added through a release agent in powder from a method very similar to the dry- shake. With use of additional colors, a striking three-dimensional and natural look can be achieved. Release Agent

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