Simulated Stone Concrete Countertops

TWO: VEINING METHOD

Surecrete’s Veining Compound adds the right amount of color where you need it, while baking soda is used to add texture to the countertop surface.

What You’ll Need
  • Chip Brush
  • Spray Bottle With Water
  • Surecrete Xtreme Series Pre-Cast Mix
  • Surecrete Pre-Cast Modifier
  • Surecrete Color Packs – Desert Sand (2)
  • Baking Soda
  • Surecrete Xtreme Series Veining Compound

Step 1 – Veining Technique

  • Baking Soda: Creates voids and pinholes in the surface. It acts as an accelerator.
  • Veining Compound: Absorbs water from the mix and creates a colored line in the concrete. Spritzing with water activates cement and makes the vein more solid.
  • Lay out the concrete 3/8″ thick.
  • Throw veining compound in the edge.
  • Use a chip brush to press it in.

Step 2 – Create Voids

  • Sprinkle baking soda on the surface to create voids.
  • Continue laying out concrete 3/8″ thick and adding veining compound around the edges to create veins.

Step 3 – Veins on Vertical Surfaces

  • Using the same technique, veins can be created on vertical surfaces or around the sink opening as in this example.

Step 4

  • Here you can see how the darker veining material sticks to the leading edge of the wet concrete mix.

Step 5 – Continue Filling the Form

  • Spread the concrete out 3/8″ thick, adding veins as you go, until the entire surface is covered.

Step 6 – Add the Backer

  • Pour 1-1/4″ of casting blend on top of the face coat.
  • Pack it up to the edges by hand and trowel the top surface flush with the form walls, leaving a 2″-thick perimeter.
Previous: Forming

We completed this form under 30 minutes using CHENG’s Concrete Countertop Forms and Wall Liners along with spray adhesive and double sided tape.

Next: Staining

Apply water-based stains with an HVLP sprayer to add random color variations and simulate the natural appearance of stone.

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