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Old 05-16-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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I was charging a battery sitting on the floor and the acid boiled over. The floor now has a stain. Actually a thin top layer of the concrete is gone. Any idea as to how to make this less noticeable?
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The acid has etched (dissolved) the concrete. Your only option is to cover it with something.... an epoxy topcoat or something else.... If the area is a showplace and you like the concrete you can have the entire area patched and polished... Polished concrete looks nice but it is costly depending on the level of polish you want.
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The acid has etched (dissolved) the concrete. Your only option is to cover it with something.... an epoxy topcoat or something else.... If the area is a showplace and you like the concrete you can have the entire area patched and polished... Polished concrete looks nice but it is costly depending on the level of polish you want.
Thanks for the reply. Yes the concrete is etched. Didn't know about concrete polish. Will look into that.
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Thanks for the reply. Yes the concrete is etched. Didn't know about concrete polish. Will look into that.
Many commercial office building tenants are opting for this type of treatment instead of carpeting. They start with what looks like a large vinyl tile floor polisher but instead of a scuffing pad the rotating disc has grinding stones fixed to it. They start with a course stone and work to finer grit stones from there. For really large areas they have a machine similar to a Zamboni....

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https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/polishing/
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Does coke still work or is that just for oil stains
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I was a concrete finisher for years. once had to fix around a drain in a battery room chiped out and replaced. my advice would be to go to your local concrete plant and ask them they handle many types of products. and may be able to help you find a solution.
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I had the same thing happen to an area on my concrete floor with a battery. Washed the area, dried it good, applied a nice coat or two of Everglass fiberglass strand auto body filler(pink label). Then took a DA sander with 80 grit paper, to level. It blends in very nice and is durable. Mine has been on for probable 10 years with no issues
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Sorry if you are still in a dilemma over your concrete. Were you ever able to fix it?
I'll have to add this to my list of why I like my Optima's over conventional batteries, as this would have never happened.
BTW, was your charger at fault?
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I have fixed similar problems in battery rooms. Go to home depot and tell them what your problem is they got stuff there that's epoxy based you can mix it up put a skim coat over the damaged area and once it cures out take your sander and sand it down should come out pretty decent. If needed you can skim another light coat on if needed. Be sure and clean your tools when you are done. Epoxy sticks to your tools and you will have to sand it off if you wait too long.
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my Father's Day plan includes a trip to Home Depot to check out this stuff
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