10:37AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 03/21/02
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We need some serious help.

Our fireplace is flanked in fake stone - made of painted concrete. We want to cover it with something that will make a relatively smooth surface and paint over that with textured paint.

We tried "water putty" but found it took forever - there's a lot of mixing to do and the putty dries pretty fast.

So we've got it somewhat puttied - but haven't really gotten anywhere. We're having a "do" at our house on Monday night and are desparate to fix it. Of course it looks a thousand times worse than the orginal, tacky fake stone.

What about "mastik". Does anyone know how fast that dries? And, can you paint over it?

We're looking for something that is pre-mixed, that doesn't dry too fast, and that can be painted over. Any ideas?


01:26PM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
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So basically you want something that you can get done this weekend GOOD LUCK! (I suggest you go buy a tapestry or some fabric and hide it for your "DO" on monday.

If you try Mastic don't come back looking for ways to fix that problem.

What ever you do will require mixing.
I would suggest you go purchase some "Hot Mud" Silverset 90 minute set, you can find it with the drywall mud. You will have to mix this with a power drill and a mixing paddle, it will take a little longer to set that water putty but will also give you a longer working time. You can sand it.

Cannot guarantee that it will hold up.


03:10PM | 03/22/02
Another brand you might use is Durabond 90 or Durabond 120. The number’s 90 and 120 stand for how long it is supposed to take the mixed compound to setup in minutes. Durabond 90 takes 90 minutes to set, etc. The actual time is usually shorter though. It is very similar to water putty with a longer set time. Also be sure to clean out your mixing bucket, mixing paddle, and all other tools extremely well between batches. Any small amount of the compound from the previous batch that gets into a newly mixed batch will drastically speed up the set time.

I also cannot guarantee how well this will hold up. But judging from past experience with this material I believe it will do the job.

If you want something that will take several hours to over night to set up, try a cement (or Portland) based stucco mix. Most large home improvement store will have it in large bags. Just add water and mix. I believe the job would go faster using this. There would be much less time involved in mixing small batches and cleaning up in between.

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