Best way to repair a concrete slab/patio and steps where old tile has been removed?
I have about 160 SF of area in front of my home consisting of a small concrete landing, three steps and another landing up to my front door that was previously covered in ceramic tile. Due to a homeowners association rule I was forced to painstakingly remove it (never again). After removing the tile the bottom concrete has some pitting, mortar from the old tile and minor cracks in corners from tile removal. I want to make it like the original concrete slab so I can pass inspection and maybe paint it or something. It is as clean as it will get now but looks bad from the tile removal.
A local handyman wants to just to form it, take kwikcrete concrete mix and and just put an inch fresh layer on top and level it etc...and he said it will be like brand new but I thought you could NOT put that right on top of another old layer of concrete.
Can someone with experience in this area tell me that correct way to do this? I do not want it to crack or have issues and just want it to where I can eventually put a brand new surface but for now just like the old concrete was to paint. Any help is appreciated.