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New product makes repairing chipped concrete easier

It’s now easy to repair chipped, damaged and worn concrete surfaces — patios, swimming pool, decks and stairs — around your home.

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A ready-to-use container of crack sealer makes small jobs easy and quick.

Concrete resurfacer by Quikrete can be sprayed, pumped, poured or applied with a broom, depending on the desired thickness. One 50-pound bag covers about 25 square feet at a -inch thickness; no special curing or sealer is required.

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Quikrete’s concrete crack seal, vinyl concrete patcher, quick-setting cement and the new concrete resurfacer can all be used individually or together to repair a wide variety of concrete surfaces.

Here are some tips on repairing cracked concrete steps and curbing:

  • Widen the crack with a chisel and hammer.
  • Properly prepare the surface with a wire brush by dusting away loose, existing concrete debris and dust.
  • Dampen the area but do not leave puddles.
  • With a trowel, place vinyl concrete patcher into the crack until full.

To create a finished look to the repaired area, use the concrete resurfacer. For curbed areas, mix concrete resurfacer to a brushable consistency and apply the mixture to the patched curb using a broom or wallpaper brush.

For smaller cracks in concrete, use Quikrete’s gray concrete crack seal. This sealer, a uniformly blended latex emulsion, is specially designed to adhere to all concrete surfaces. Simply pour product into the crack.

For very worn and damaged curbs or steps, use a quick-setting cement. This special blend of fast-setting cements and sand will be hard in about 20 minutes. Apply mixture with trowel to damaged edges and smooth mixture until the shape is formed.

For information or project assistance, call 1-800-282-5828 or visit online at

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