How do you give new life to an old concrete patio that’s so worn that you can see rocks coming through the surface?

A worn-out concrete patio with hairline cracks and discoloration
Worn-out concrete isn’t just unsightly; it can cause big problems.

You revive it with Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer.

First, clean and prepare the surface with a pressure washer to blast away the dirt, grime and deteriorating concrete.

Chelsea pressure washes the patio
Always pressure-wash your concrete patio — and let it thoroughly dry — before resurfacing it.

Then, mix up the Re-Cap and pour it out on the damp concrete in long, narrow lines.  Use a squeegee to evenly spread a thin layer over the entire surface.

Trowel on Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer to revive your worn patio.
Trowel on Quikrete Re-Cap Concrete Resurfacer to revive your worn patio.

Re-Cap’s bonding strength ensures that the new surface will be sound from as little as an eighth of an inch thick, up to half an inch.

Drag a stiff-bristled broom across the concrete slab or resurfaced area to enhance walkability.

As it dries, add a slip-resistant surface by gently pulling a push broom across the re-surfacer.

Once it’s dry, your patio will look like a brand-new slab with consistent color and texture throughout.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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