Finding the Right Stain or Dye for Your Project
dyes work differently, and each presents the opportunity to create depth in a
decorative concrete project. Finding and preparing your surface properly makes
your project easier and gives you a finished product to admire for a lifetime.
water-based stains adhere best to concrete with a rough surface. Removing all
the residual stain and sealer from the surface will ensure proper coating and
and concrete stamps
created outdoors keep their color and shine without flaking or fading when you
use acid- and water-based stains. The UV-tolerant stains, once sealed, look new
stains react with the calcium in the concrete to create a permanent color
unique to that particular concrete surface. Earthy colors with amazing depth
result from acid-based stains. A concrete contractor can give you advice and
will know the tools and stains needed for a successful project. Expect to
choose from many colors, including:
The range of colors
does not end
with these few choices. With acid-based stains, individual concrete artisans
may have colors unique to their personal techniques. Concrete makes a beautiful
and durable surface for pool decks, garages, driveways, basements and more.
stains come in more colors and offer the flexibility to use the stained concrete
outside or inside. While the earthy tones of acid-based stains and the reaction
during the coloring process keep these projects outside, water-based stains
take the project to
any room of the house
into concrete instead of coating the surface.
Opening the pores in
as much as possible will allow dyes to absorb deeper into the material. Because
dye becomes part of the concrete, polishing does not fade the colors or designs
in decorative concrete projects.
To open the
pores to their fullest, concrete contractors recommend grinding instead of
using muriatic acid or other chemicals to prepare the surface. Dyes are not
UV-tolerant and will fade if used outdoors.
acetone dye comes in any color desired and has the advantage of drying faster
than acid- or water-based stains.
A wealth of color and
design ideas exist to make the
finished project a work of art.
Whether crafted by a professional or a
homeowner, concrete’s versatility and durability pleases the whole family.