201) Patio Pierres

by Gail on September 24, 2013

We’re applying stones, AGAIN! When will we ever be finished with stones? Here are the pictures to prove our pain persists:

Flagstone on the elegantly curving steps:flagstone on stairs

flagstone stairs

BTW, before the flagstones had a chance to get stained from chainsaw oil or paint, I sealed them with AquaMix’s Enrich ‘n’ Seal. (“Aqua Mix”, admittedly a brand name,  is a misnomer – clean up is with paint thinner, not water.) It’s described as a “Premium color enhancer,” and is deadly expensive ($89 for 1 quart!) I would like the gorgeous “wet” colour of the stone to be the finish. So many times I pulled the bottle off the shelf in the building supply store, and either put it back or, once, brought it home, only to return it when I lost my nerve to use it because of its price.

However, my friend did purchase it for her fireplace stones, and because she used maybe 1/4 cup for her project, let me use her leftovers.

The ingredients are Silane CAS n.a. Titanium Salt CAS n.a. This means nothing to me, but 5 minutes after applying it, you’re supposed to wipe off the residue with paper towels or cotton cloth. The residue seems to be an oil. This oil is slippery (dangerous for a floor surface!) and catches all the dust, sawdust and fine particulate matter, which has the effect of dulling the surface that you were trying to enhance.enrich and seal

Here are the “Limitations” described on the label: “Do not allow sealer to come in contact with any non-recommended surface as product is not completely removable. Sealers and finishes should not be used before or after use of Enrich ‘N’ Seal. If Enrich ‘N’ Seal is not WIPED COMPLETELY DRY within 5 minutes, a residue may form. If residue occurs, use a scrub brush or floor machine with Aqua Mix Heavy Duty Tile & Grout Cleaner or Stone Deep Clean to remove. Clean to remove. Keep floor surfaces dry and clean to reduce possibility of slip-fall accidents. Routine pressure-washing will affect expected wear. Sealer will not prevent surface wear or etching from acids or caustic chemicals.”sealed flagstone

I conclude, therefore, that a) It’s not actually a sealer (if acids and caustic chemicals can get through it,) b) Its enhancing ability is likely to be short term, especially if the surface gets dirty or is pressure-washed. Both those conditions are likely on exterior surfaces. The label states: “The expected wear is up to 15 years.” Such a claim is meaningless., and c) The product is not worth the price. I have no idea why it needs to be so expensive.

Now, back to our stone experience.

D and I cut the stone to fit:

cutting stone

I apply it:

gail applies stone

Here I am in the “hole” (firewood storage), mortaring:rocking the woodbin

D uses the icing bag to grout between the stones. He has concluded that the best mix for the grout is 1:1 cement:sand, and a little more water than for my mortar mix.

pointing stone wall

stone grout

The stone wall, finished:stonework

Those bars sticking out of the wall will support a floating bench. More on that in another post.

For more details, “recipes,” and how-to’s, check out old posts here and here.



I’m sharing this post with these fine party hosts:

Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, DIY by Design, The Brambleberry Cottage’s Time Travel Thursday, Rooted in Thyme’s Sweet and Simple Fridays



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Joy September 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Looking good Gail. Keeping yourselves young.


Whispering Mists October 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

That is beautiful! You did a great job! I love the stairs.


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