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Concrete with color, concrete that's stamped, even concretethat is going to be stained, still must be cured. Again, failing tocure is sure to lead to problems with the surfaces. We want ourbaby's skin to be perfect, don't we?Wet curing really is the best method and there are some goodcuring blankets out there now that work well on coloredconcrete surfaces. The problem has always been that it wasimpossible to get the blankets down smoothly so that curingwas even. Small spots where the blanket is touching or wherethe surface dries out can lead to a mottled appearance.With the new single-use blankets that combine an absorbentmaterial with plastic sheeting, though, such as PNA'sHydraCure or McTech Group's UltraCure wet curing of colored surfaces is now a good choice.
 
 
 
 
One difficulty with stamped concrete can be when a colored release powder is used during stamping. The cure & seal can't be sprayed on untilthe release agent has been washed off—which could be several days later.In dry, windy conditions, that's probably too late to do much good. In his book 
, Bob Harris recommends coveringthe concrete with a layer of impervious building paper or plastic film—or  both, first the paper then the plastic on top.
Why use cure & seal instead of a curing agent and a sealer? "Chemicalcuring compounds are temporary curing agents," said Vexcon's Cliff Platt."If you use a curing compound and want to come back with a coating—anepoxy, a sealer, even a penetrating sealer--that curing compound can't bethere. It has to go away. If it's an interior application it will never go away by itself--it would have to be removed after 28 days, a messy job. That'snot the right product for that application.

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