Revitalize Dull Concrete Surfaces
No Flaking, Peeling, or Chipping
Concrete staining is accomplished by either acid staining concrete or by applying water-based penetrating acrylic stains for concrete. Concrete staining is very effective in revitalizing dull, dusty concrete surfaces. Both staining methods can be applied to new or old plain grey concrete surfaces and even integrally colored concrete. Most stains have excellent UV stability and are wear resistant because they penetrate the concrete surface and won’t flake, peel or chip off like paint. This makes concrete staining for interior or exterior concrete an excellent design choice. Concrete staining applications vary from pool decks, walkways and patios to floors and kitchen countertops in both residential and commercial installations. Once applied, concrete stains needs to be protected from foot traffic and other forms of abrasion by applying a clear coat sealer.
Acid Staining Concrete
Acid staining concrete is a chemical reaction with the lime (Calcium Hydroxide) and other minerals present in the concrete reacting and creating translucent colors. Acid stained concrete is a chemical reaction and as such, it is a permanent coloring of the concrete floor. It produces translucent earth tone colors that resemble the mottled look of stone or wood. Due to translucent colors reacting with the various minerals in the concrete, you will never achieve a uniform or even tone, but rather a floor with a unique character and appearance. In fact, if Cutting Edge Flooring Services stained eight different concrete slabs with the same color acid stain the end result would be that no two concrete slabs would be the same and no two acid stained floors would be similarly colored.
Concrete Dyes Used With Acid Staining Concrete
Acid stained concrete is somewhat limited in color selection. It typically yields earth-toned colors ranging from brown and terra cotta to tan and light blue-green. However, when concrete dyes are used with concrete acid staining methods, Cutting Edge Flooring Services can layer colors, adjust pastel shades, and quickly achieve much more vibrant colors for a stained concrete surface.
Water-based and acetone-based dyes are now becoming more prevalent for professional concrete staining. Translucent dyes penetrate the concrete quickly, dry very rapidly, and require minimal cleaning following application, allowing the applicator to complete a project about 60% faster than a typical acid stain job.
Concrete dyes are easier to use than acid stains. Dyes are usually mixed with a carrier such as acetone, or denatured alcohol. These solvents evaporate quickly and leave no residue on the surface of the concrete. This eliminates the need to neutralize the floor, which saves time between steps. All dyes should be protected with clear coat sealer. When Cutting Edge Flooring Services performs concrete staining with concrete dyes, the color and design possibilities become endless.
Acrylic Stains For Concrete
Water-based penetrating stains expand the subdued color palette of acid staining far beyond earth tones. These non-reactive, water-based pigments come in a full array of colors, from black and white to metallic tints. They are mostly UV stable, which means they can be used in both interior and exterior applications. These products deposit pigments into the open pores of the concrete, producing intense, opaque colors that are much more colorful than an acid stain can achieve.
After staining with non-reactive water based stains, there is no need to neutralize the surface, and very little cleanup is needed. These stains are low VOC and considered “green” products. However, they need to be protected from abrasion with the application of a clear coat sealer.
Commercial clients, visit our Industrial and Specialty Coatings page to learn more about our high performance coatings.