Chuck Hanson: RollerRock® King

Once Chuck Hanson got started, he couldn’t stop. The North Carolina homeowner simply became obsessed with covering his home’s exterior surfaces with RollerRock® from Daich Coatings.

“I started with the garage floor in February of 2021,” says Hanson. “Once I saw the transformation that the RollerRock created, I knew I needed to keep going.”

After successfully coating his garage floor with Cinnamon-colored RollerRock, he next tackled the garage apron, then the pathways around the home. After that he moved on to the pool deck. Next up will be his expansive driveway.


“I’ve purchased lots of products in my lifetime and hardly ever do they live up to the hype,” says Hanson. “RollerRock was a REAL find. It’s an impressive product that offers both a solid surface finish and has truly upgraded the look of my home’s exterior.

“This has been the best and easiest project I’ve ever done. It’s a cinch for anyone. Friends who have seen what I’ve accomplished with RollerRock can’t believe I actually did it!”

Pool before and after

Tips from the RollerRock King

While easy to apply, Hanson strongly recommends that the project really starts with the prep work.

“I learned that the success of the finished project is in the prep work invested on the front end,” says Hanson. “I rented a buffer for the garage floor surface. I took my time and followed all the Daich Coatings instructions.”

Hanson especially recommends taping areas off where you do not wish the RollerRock to stick. He also suggests planning the work out and applying the coating and sealer at a time of day when the concrete is not too hot.

“The results have been amazing,” says Hanson. “When my pool guy visited and asked who had done the coating, he was stunned to find out I did it myself. He said he’d seen pool decks that didn’t look half as good as mine that cost a homeowner $5,000 or more. I did it myself for a fraction of that price and have a great sense of satisfaction and pride in my work!”

Realistic Results

RollerRock is a real stone coating that easily rolls over surfaces. Traditionally used on horizontal surfaces (like walkways and driveways), the durable product resists salt, chemical, impact and abrasion, along with hot tire pickup. The real stone coating of RollerRock also resists freeze/thaw conditions, mold, mildew, water and UV rays.

Available in 15 colors, RollerRock is laboratory tested to provide up to double the recommended OSHA slip-resistance rating. Two coats is all it takes to achieve a lasting textured stone floor that delivers added foot traction and safety to walking surfaces.

“The Daich Coatings customer service staff was great about answering all my RollerRock questions,” says Hanson. “Chris helped me every step of the way. He gave me courage to tackle the project and keep going. Now I’m addicted to using their products!”

 

Patio Transformation

This summer Kristin dePaula is truly enjoying her back yard. That’s because she recently transformed her expansive patio area with our SpreadRock granite stone coating. And, to finish off the project, she added TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer.

“The Daich Coatings products brought out the full potential for making my patio area a showplace,” says dePaula. “I love the Mocha color that I selected. And, topping it off with TracSafe is a lifesaver. Even when it’s wet or I’m wearing heels, I can confidently walk on the patio with no concern for slipping.”

Getting the Job Done

The Florida homeowner and her handyman tackled the project in several steps. First was the prep work, including pressure washing the surfaces. Then a primer was laid down, followed by the SpreadRock and TracSafe. She reported on the entire experience on the Daily Mom website. Her story shares step-by-step tips for the project, including:

Tip #1 – Make sure to be generous on your calculations when ordering the primer, coating and sealer. Some concrete surfaces “soak up” product more than others, so you’ll want to have extra product available to compensate.

Tip #2 – Don’t skimp on the pre-steps. Pressure washing every surface to remove dirt and moss is critical to having good results.

Tip #3 – Try to match your Textured Primer color with the color of your SpreadRock. This way, in tight areas (such as the edges of steps) if you don’t have perfect coverage, or the product comes out a bit too thin, the underneath primer color will closely match your chosen SpreadRock color.

Tip #4 – Get ready to work quickly when applying the SpreadRock. The product dries quickly, especially at the edges, and you’ll want to be ready to move steadily forward.

“Overall the Daich Coatings products have made a huge upgrade to my backyard and patio,” says dePaula. “My Sulcata Tortoises, Leonardo and Michelangelo, love exploring the new surfaces. And, I don’t have to worry about them getting burned. Even on hot Florida days, the TracSafe sealer keeps the patio surface cool and comfortable!”

SAFETY FIRST: Pool Deck Gets TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer

Children, grandchildren and pets. Those are the top reasons why homeowner Tina Puccinelli recently added an anti-slip sealer to her pool deck.

“I always worried because the concrete and bricks around the pool got slippery when wet,” says Puccinelli, a resident of Auburn, Calif. “Our patio area takes up the entire backyard. And, we use this outdoor area year-round. We needed a solution to help prevent falls on the slippery surface. At the same time, I also wanted to keep the patio surface cooler in hot summer months.”

Seeking a Solution

After doing extensive research, Puccinelli selected TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer from Daich Coatings.

With anti-slip ratings up to twice the OSHA standard, TracSafe provides aggressive anti-slip performance with all-weather durability for areas around any pool surface. And, award-winningTracSafe performs double-duty, as both a high performance clear coat that strengthens and protects surfaces, while also helping to protect the people who walk on it from slip and fall mishaps. Its high-performance, odorless water-based technology bonds firmly to all types of flooring and surface materials, from concrete, masonry, stone and pavers, to tile, vinyl, linoleum and pre-painted surfaces —indoors and out.

In swimming pool settings, TracSafe can be applied to deck areas, backyard surfaces, steps and entrances. Pool changing room areas, showers and other horizontal surfaces also benefit from the anti-slip sealer.

More Traction, Cooler Surface

“Applying the coating was easy and the results are terrific,” says Puccinelli. “It feels like there’s more traction available when the surface is wet, so it’s not as slick. And, even during our hot days, it’s cooler to walk on with your bare feet. That’s important not just for my family, but also for our small dogs.”

Another benefit Puccinelli has discovered is the durability that the TracSafe sealer has provided. “During Springtime the cement usually gets a moss build up which takes a lot of time to clean off,” says Puccinelli. “So far, where I’ve applied the TracSafe I don’t have any moss to worry about. And, the sealed cement provides a much easier clean up with the dogs.”

Puccinelli is such a fan of the TracSafe product that she’s offered to apply the sealer for her neighbors in their yard. “They’re much older and retired,” says Puccinelli. “They also get a great deal of moss buildup, so this product will help with ease of maintenance. Plus, for safety sake, they’ll be much better off with a product like TracSafe on their patio and pool deck areas.”

Easy Installation

To install TracSafe, simply roll down two coats of the product a few hours apart using a 3/8” paint roller. Light foot traffic can be resumed in four to six hours (or when fully dry), with normal foot traffic allowed the following day after a 24-hour cure period.

TracSafe’s anti-slip coating technology lays down a uniform foot traction surface that exhibits effective slip resistance properties in both wet and dry conditions, with bare feet and various common pedestrian and work footwear.

The aggressive bond strength of TracSafe does the rest, locking its slip-resistant performance into place to battle the most common and challenging conditions. TracSafe contains a low VOC pre-mixed formula that features fast dry-time and easy water clean-up. Once applied, TracSafe provides all-season exterior durability and reliable long-term slip-resistance indoors and out.

COVID Lockdown Project: DIY Kitchen Rehab

DIY Kitchen Rehab

After almost a year at home staring at her 1980s-style kitchen, Sara Lehner couldn’t take it anymore. The quarantined homeowner went all-in to get rid of her yellow kitchen countertops, dark cabinets and ugly wallpaper.

“I have researched kitchen re-do options for 15 years,” says Lehner. “Forced time at home finally gave me the opportunity to tackle this project.”

The Wisconsin homeowner tore down the old wallpaper and refinished the kitchen walls in a sea glass color. She painted the cabinets white and replaced appliances. Then she refinished her antique kitchen island, a pantry cabinet and an antique buffet.

Countertop Success

To complement all her changes, Lehner purchased a SpreadStone™ Countertop Refinishing Kit in Bright White.

“I wanted the unique look of real stone countertops,” says Lehner. “Even though my previous countertops were still in good shape, the color was unappealing with all the changes I had made.

“This part of the kitchen rehab was so easy. I watched the DIY videos on the Daich Coatings website and on YouTube. Then I jumped in and got the project done.

“I’m so thrilled with how the countertops turned out. The Bright White color with the shimmering mineral accents is the perfect accent for my new kitchen. This project was so successful that I’m now looking at using SpreadStone to redo our main bathroom countertop and sink. At this point it’s safe to say I’m addicted to using this product!”

New Stone Countertops: “Don’t Over Think It”

Early in 2020, Amanda Johnson decided to take charge of her kitchen and bathroom laminate countertops. The DIYer from Idaho invested in real stone countertop kits from Daich Coatings and got to work transforming the two most used rooms of her home.

One Year Later

“It’s been a year since we completed our counters with the SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kits in Natural White,” says Johnson. “We’ve spilled everything on them from coffee to spaghetti sauce. They still look like they did the day they were completed!

“We treat and clean our countertops the same as we did before painting the laminate. I use a steam cleaner mop with a handheld attachment on them biweekly. They get cleaned with Lysol® wipes weekly. If there’s a mess, we use Dawn® dish soap on non abrasive pads. The countertops have held up perfectly for the past year. It’s so hard to believe these are painted countertops.”

One Year Earlier

When Johnson started her project, she was looking for a way to cover up the wood front edge on her countertops. The bathroom counters were old white with finished oak edges. Her kitchen had darker green laminate countertops with the front edge ripped off, so unfinished wood was exposed.

In search of a different, brighter color for the countertops — and to hide the wood fronts on all of them — Johnson decided to try her hand at real stone coatings.

“This was a weekend job with big payback,” says Johnson. “I had a little help with sanding the original countertops from my husband, but I easily did the rest of the project myself.

“The fun part is that, while we used the same Natural White color in both rooms, they look different due to the lighting. The color looks darker in the bathroom than in the kitchen. We’ve made this work and everyone thinks they’re two different colors!”

Tips for Success

According to Johnson, her biggest tip to share when tackling this DIY countertop makeover project is “don’t over think it.”

“The project is pretty easy overall,” says Johnson. “The hardest part was sanding. I was overdoing it until I called Daich Coatings. They were great at giving support and advice.”

Johnson adds that it was helpful for her to buy rollers locally for the topcoat. She also recommends removing sinks if possible. She was able to shim up her kitchen sink so it could still be used during the application process.

“Make sure to sand the stone paint after it dries, but before it cures,” says Johnson. “Sanding before curing took much less time and work. Overall, this is a pretty easy project with terrific results.”

Next up for Johnson? She plans to add TracSafe® Anti-Slip sealer to her garage stairs and outdoor stairs. Her garage floors and bathroom floors are calling out for attention also, so she’ll be tackling more Daich Coatings projects in the future.

Real Roll-On Stone Coatings

SpreadStone is a dynamic multi-colored decorative stone finish that provides shimmering mineral accents and color highlights found in natural mined rock. The coating system has outstanding resistance to hot pans, stains, abrasion, impact and household cleaners, making it ideal for the general wear and tear common with busy kitchens and other areas of the home.

The proprietary stone technology used in the SpreadStone kit allows homeowners to make easy — and cost effective — upgrades to surfaces like bar tops, tables, vanities and countertops. The kit comes in 10 decorative colors and sells for about $125 online. Each kit covers up to 40 square feet of surfaces space.

Application of the product can be done in three simple steps — a stone base coat, a
decorative stone coat and a stone clear top coat. The coatings create a lasting and elegant new upgrade for any room. The finishes are essentially odorless and come pre-mixed and ready to apply immediately, with no harsh chemicals.

New Terrazzo Colors and Formula!

Real stone coatings have never looked this good. Daich Coatings has revitalized its Terrazzo™ line of stone coatings for concrete, masonry, linoleum, vinyl and tile surfaces. The new formula offers a heavier stone filling for higher durability. The decorative granite resurfacer comes in six pre-mixed colors, including Silverado, Pearl Grey, Moonscape, Café, Glacier and Tangiers.

“The new Terrazzo has a very realistic and attractive appearance,” says Peter Daich, president of Daich Coatings. “We’ve taken a truly good product and made it better. By using a finer grade of stone we’ve created a superior coating.”

Indoor/Outdoor Surface

Self-priming Terrazzo can be applied in both indoor and outdoor settings. While ideal for a basement or garage floor, the product also does extremely well when subjected to the elements. That’s why all-weather Terrazzo can be applied to walkways, porches, pool decks and patios.

Tested for water, salt, chemical, impact and abrasion resistance, Terrazzo is long-lasting in any environment. The real stone coating also resists hot tire pick up, plus mold and mildew. Terrazzo is U/V brittle resistant and beautifully handles freeze and thaw conditions.

 

Rolling on Performance

“Terrazzo offers the beauty of real granite, but you just roll it on!” says Daich. “This product covers and hides hairline cracks and minor flaws in existing surfaces. It completely resurfaces the existing floor or concrete surface with a flexible, water-tight and easy-to-clean finish.”

Made with real stone, a gallon of Terrazzo covers up to 60 square feet of surface space. Two coats are recommended (a few hours apart) for a beautiful granite finish.

Adding a No-Slip Sealer

“Terrazzo is naturally slip resistant,” says Daich. “However, for the highest slip resistance possible, we recommend applying TracSafe® Anti-Slip Sealer. With anti-slip ratings up to twice the OSHA standard, TracSafe provides aggressive anti-slip performance with all-weather durability.”

TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer is applied by rolling down two coats of the product a few hours apart using a 3/8” paint roller. Light foot traffic can be resumed in four to six hours (or when fully dry), with normal foot traffic allowed the following day after a 24-hour cure period.

TracSafe’s anti-slip coating technology lays down a uniform foot traction surface that exhibits effective slip resistance properties in both wet and dry conditions, with bare feet and various common pedestrian and work footwear.

TracSafe is a low VOC pre-mixed formula that features fast dry-time and easy water clean-up. Once applied, TracSafe provides all-season exterior durability and reliable long-term slip-resistance indoors and out.

Terrazzo and TracSafe, along with other Daich Coatings primers and decorative concrete products, are available online at Lowe’s® or  here

New Life for Backyard Setting

In sunny southern California, where outdoor living takes place most of the year, Anthony B. had a challenge. His backyard barbecue kitchen center and seating area were showing signs of aging. The DIYer knew there had to be “refresher options” available and decided to tackle the job.

“After eight years of continual use, it was almost impossible to clean the dirt and grease off the barbecue counter,” says Anthony. “There were small cracks showing and aged water stains on the sides. I knew there had to be a product in the marketplace that could solve these problems.”

 

New Surfaces

Anthony searched the internet for solutions. The Daich Coatings website convinced him to do a trial run.

“I purchased one gallon of RollerRock® in a deep gray Lava Rock color for under $50,” says Anthony. “I was literally amazed at how good it looked on the countertop and how easy it was to apply. I immediately ordered more products to coat the concrete seating area near my fire pit.”

The real stone coating of RollerRock resists freeze/thaw conditions, mold, mildew, water and UV rays. Traditionally used on horizontal surfaces (like walkways and driveways), the durable product also resists salt, chemical, impact and abrasion, along with hot tire pickup. Available in 15 colors, RollerRock is laboratory tested to provide up to double the recommended OSHA slip-resistance rating.

Coating the Sides

Once he got started, there was no stopping the DIYer. “I ordered gallons of VertiStone® Roll-On Wall Texture for the stucco sides of both the barbeque kitchen and the seating area,” says Anthony. “Those sides were originally smooth stucco, and the kitchen tops were solid concrete. The years of wear, dirt and grime have all been erased with the Daich Coatings products.”

Without mixing, prep work or multi-step labor-intensive processes, VertiStone quickly transforms a surface. By using decorative textured brushes and the stone coating, different finishes can easily be achieved, including smooth polished marble, natural suede, parchment, dream lace and linen.

VertiStone tints to thousands of colors and can be applied directly onto drywall, block, masonry and concrete surfaces. Designed for both interior and exterior use, the fast-drying finish features extremely low VOCs and is odorless. The breathable finish does not encourage mold and mildew, so it can be used in high humidity areas of the home, such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Protecting the Surfaces

To protect the newly-coated surfaces, Anthony applied coats of Hi-Build Ultra Clear Coat. The tough, protective coating resists water, U/V rays, chemicals, impact and abrasion. It also resists mold and mildew, hot tire pickup and salt.

“I’m so pleased with the outcome of the backyard projects that I’m moving forward with a new front porch project,” says Anthony. “I’ve ordered RollerRock to make the porch look better than new. And, I have a friend who needs to redo his second story patio floor. He’s using RollerRock and I’ve offered to help.

 “I’ve become addicted to the fast success that can be achieved with the Daich Coatings products. They’re easy to use, do the job they’re supposed to do, look great, and are reasonably priced. You can’t really ask for much more!”

“I Knew If I Could Paint, I Could Apply This Product”

Teresa Woodruff is a not really a DIYer. However, inspired to get rid of her baby blue kitchen countertops, she took the plunge.

“I can, and do, paint inside my home,” says Woodruff, a resident of Washington. “So I figured I could roll on a new countertop finish — and I was right!”

Kitchen Upgrade

After living for 28 years with the “battle scarred and worn” kitchen countertops, Woodruff and her husband, Mark Jensen, dove in to tackle the project. They started by taking out the sink and faucet completely, to give them easy access to the countertop surface.

“Preparation is everything,” says Woodruff. “If you follow the instructions you’re in great shape.”

Woodruff and Jensen decided to start by painting all their kitchen cabinets white. Then they painted the walls Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) by Sherwin-Williams®. Adding the Onyx Fog countertops from Daich Coatings was the perfect fit. After that they installed a two-piece light bronze metal-looking backsplash above the stove. New flooring and appliances will be added soon.

“The SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kit was a life saver,” says Woodruff. “I bought a second kit to coat our two small bathroom countertops. I guess I’m really becoming a DIYer after all.

“The new countertops make me feel happy. The real stone coating is very elegant. I’m glad we took the plunge with the SpreadStone product — we truly love the results!”

 

Outdoor Kitchen Made with Three Daich Coatings Products

Karl Howard is ready for warmer weather and outdoor gatherings...

Last year, while cooped up during COVID, he decided to create an outdoor kitchen. Now he’s eager to use it!

Building a Kitchen

Karl started by framing out the kitchen unit with non-treated lumber. He covered the framing with cement board. After taping the boards, he applied a thin set of Textured Primer in Dolphin Gray. This was done over the whole bar area to seal it from the elements.

Then came the real fun. He added SpreadStone Textured Stone Coating in Cool Gray to the exterior surfaces.

“I just rolled on multiple coats and it looked great,” says Karl, a resident of Aurora, Colorado. “The coating looks awesome, especially when the sun hits it.”

Finishing the Job

To complete the kitchen, Karl rolled on Hi-Build Ultra Sealer to protect and preserve the finish. Then he added the crowning touch — a granite countertop.

“I’m just a regular DIY person,” says Karl. “I was looking for the easiest way to get the look I wanted.

“The Daich Coatings products seemed more cost effective over other finishes. Their quality during installation was really good. I have high hopes that these finishes will stand up to our varied weather conditions, plus the ongoing use of this great new outdoor kitchen!”

Bye-Bye Formica® Countertops!

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Formica® countertops started popping up in new homes across America. Unfortunately, they’re still in many homes.

“My countertops were standard Formica and not in good shape,” says Christy Duggan, a Mississippi homeowner. “This year we decided to redo our kitchen, and I knew they had to go!”

Budget-Friendly Options

As Duggan researched her options and watched YouTube videos, she found the SpreadStone™ Countertop Finishing Kit most appealing.

“The Daich Coatings kit stood out both in ease-of-use and the look of the final product,” says Dugan. “Plus it fit from a budget standpoint. We had priced out new countertops and they were expensive.

“To replace my countertops the product would be about $1,000 and my husband Matt and I would have to do all the installation labor. Instead, we invested $250 for two SpreadStone kits, and it was half the amount of work.”

Tips for Success

Using the Bright White finish, the Duggans got to work. Matt and Christy invested a full day in prep of the countertops to make sure they were ready to accept the SpreadStone product.

“Take time with your prep work,” says Duggan. “We used Bondo® to cover the seams, small holes and some soft spots on the countertop. After sanding them smooth, we easily applied the base coat, stone coating and clear coat. It just takes time in between the steps for them to cure.”

Impressive Results

With their new countertops complete, the Duggans finished the kitchen overhaul by painting cabinets, replacing the sink and faucet, and installing new appliances.

“The overall appearance of the SpreadStone finish is stunning,” says Duggan. “There are no more seams, the countertop is shiny, and the feel and texture are perfect. I’m completely impressed with the results.

“This was a full weekend project, but it was easy for a DIYer. The results are beyond my expectations. We have enough left in our second kit that I plan to cover the bathroom vanity.

“I think I’m addicted to Daich Coatings. We’re even talking about resurfacing a small outdoor kitchen space and a counter on the deck!”