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  We recommend you to get a qualified tradesman to lay your stamped concrete surface. It is important that your decorative concrete is properly constructed to ensure a long, hassle free lifespan. We have a number of recommended quality tradesmen in the Newcastle and Hunter regions. Please contact us for details.

The directions for creating stamp patterning below are to be used as a guide only. There are different circumstances that may require different techniques to produce the best possible decorative surface. Stamp patterning required high quality materials, so we recommend you only use genuine Hunter Press Crete products for your job to ensure the best possible results.

If you are having trouble with an existing stencil pattern surface, see our FAQ page or contact us.

Regal Stamp Patterning, Beige Colour, Light Brown Release Agent


How do you make Stamp Pattern Concrete?

1.  Form up the area to be concreted at a minimum depth of 100mm. We advise that you place and additional 50 – 100mm of compacted sand under the proposed area to be concreted

2.  Put your reinforcing steel in place. Be sure to use bar chairs and that they have adequate lap for reinforcing steel (ie. approximately one square plus 25mm)

3.  Pour special mix concrete (stamp concrete requires a special mix of concrete, so be sure to ask your concrete supplier for the correct mix)

4.  Bullfloat then edge the area

5.  Now you have to apply the colour. Put your concrete colour into a bucket and throw the colour onto the concrete surface using a turning motion (like ‘feeding the chooks’). Be sure to distribute colour evenly over the surface

6.  Trowel the colour into the surface using a Fresno or Walking Trowel (a bullfloat can be used, but by doing so you’ll use more colour).

7.  Repeat step 6 to ensure the entire area is adequately covered with colour

8.  When the concrete surface has firmed to a point where you can put your finger in without breaking the surface, it is time to start the stamping process

9.  Apply release agent to an area equal to about 5 pattern pads (only do 5 pattern pads at a time)

10. Place patterns on the slab (starting at where you initially poured the concrete). Tap the patterns into the surface using a tamper or the head of a sledgehammer to create the stamp impression. Repeat this process until the entire surface is completed. If applying guillotine construction joints, do so during this stamping stage. If applying saw-cut construction joints, do so after the job is sealed. Jointex is NOT RECOMMENDED as a construction joint as it is tar-based and will stain the concrete after the sealer is applied.

11. Let the area cure for 2 or 3 days before giving it a wash with a light acid bath (14:1 dilution). Let the surface dry completely

12. Apply a Hunter Press Crete sealer. When the first coat is dry, apply a second coat then let dry


For directions on how to care for your stamped concrete, please see our FAQ page