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How to Give a Shiny Surface to a Concrete Floor

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    LESLIE: Jim in Missouri is working on a concrete project. How can we help you with that?

    JIM: Well, I went through restoring this old, 1842 building here in Greenville.

    TOM: Nice.

    JIM: It’s a lot more work than what I had initially thought. But anyway …

    TOM: Always is.

    JIM: Yeah. That portion of it we’re turning into a flat, at the newer part they added on that has concrete floor. We’re turning that into a flat for my daughter and I polished or stained and sealed and did all that with the floor. And it looked beautiful but it still doesn’t have that really deep, beautiful shine and the sheen that I’ve seen in retail stores and stuff. And wondered – somebody suggested put polyurethane over it or – I’m just not sure what to do to get that look.

    LESLIE: Well, it’s not necessarily a polyurethane but there are a lot of manufacturers out there that do make a super-high-gloss sealer for concrete surfaces. You know, it really depends on which brand you feel comfortable working with. QUIKRETE has one. Theirs is called Concrete & Masonry High-Gloss Sealer. BEHR makes one, Sherwin-Williams makes one. I think BEHR’s is called the Wet-Look Sealer.

    JIM: Oh, OK.

    LESLIE: Sherwin-Williams is a high-gloss concrete sealer.

    JIM: So just another – a sealer over what I’ve already done. It’s already – is all I need then.

    LESLIE: Exactly. And that’ll give you that sort of metropolitan, retail, glossy, industrial look.

    JIM: Right. OK. Great. Well, that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I just had done some searching and I knew I had already sealed it, so I thought maybe I had to do something else.

    TOM: That should do it, Jim.

    JIM: Great. Thanks so much for help. I love the show.

    TOM: Oh, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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