Acid Stained Concrete
If you've been considering a way to jazz up your concrete flooring
then you may want to consider acid stained concrete. Most people
tend to think of concrete as hard cold slabs of gray or white stone.
However, with the process of acid staining, concrete can take on
rich, deep beautiful colors that must be seen to be believed. The
process involves adding certain minerals to the concrete and then
the hydration process will create beautiful colors. Once the design,
color, and pattern desired are achieved, the floor is then cured
and sealed with a protective covering.
Acid stained concrete is a beautiful way to create stunning floors,
walls, even concrete structures and is quickly becoming a popular
trend. No longer do people need to worry about ways to hide unsightly
bare concrete, acid staining can be used in solid colors or in intricate
artistic designs that rival some of the most expensive marble and
Most acid stained concrete produces a range of earth tones, however,
those skilled with the technique can produce a wide variety of additional
hues. Special techniques can also be applied to control the depth
and vibrancy of the colors as well. Additionally, many professional
contractors who color concrete may use a combination of both acid
stains and dyes to create an even wider spectrum of colors for your
concrete projects. By blending more than one acid stain an even
greater choice of styles can be obtained. Using other application
methods, such as a wet and dry technique can produce beautiful and
natural looking variegated, marbleized, and even patina textures.
Some prefer to use colors, both light and dark and apply them on
top of one another while both stains are wet. Preferably, the lighter
acid stain is applied before the second, darker color. This technique
allows the different colors to blend and have a softer edge or appearance.
The concrete is then left to dry and cure.
If you would like to create concrete projects where the two colors
create hard, bold lines (useful for creating distinct patterns)
you may prefer to apply the first lighter acid stain in certain
areas, according to your design, and then let that coat dry and
cure for five hours. Once that coat is finished curing and is completely
dry, you can then add your second or darker acid stain. This application
is applied to other areas of your design. With this method, the
lines will not be soft and blended, but bold, bright, and distinctive.
When an acid staining process is complete, it is important to apply
a sealer. There are various types of sealer used for concrete. These
are acrylics, silicone based sealers, epoxy sealers, and urethane
sealers. It's important to choose the type of sealer that best enhances,
protects, and provides the easiest maintenance for your project
needs. Acrylic sealers also come in water based or solvent based.
It's important to choose the base that provides the protection your
concrete needs as well. Acid stained concrete is a wonderful process
that beautifies any concrete project.