Staining Concrete

Staining concrete is not a new technique by any means. Staining concrete is one of the most popular applications for decorating concrete paths, patios or floors, and its popularity has risen exponentially. Designers and builders are drawn to stained concrete because of the unique outcome that can be achieved at a considerably lower cost than other finishes.

With the current boom we have seen in the home improvement, that has been ongoing on in the last ten years by the way, any process/product or system that helps improve the home will add value.

Acid Staining Concrete

Acid concrete staining is the most common form of concrete staining, and is a well recognised and supported way of changing those bare, gray runway like lumps of concrete into something modern and exciting. The creativity of those doing the staining is the only boundary to what can be achieved. Concrete is obviously a plain, bland background, but this provides a fantastic canvas for those wishing to produce something exceptional. Top designers are able to produce effects that are unrecognisable as concrete. See the picture below taken from the Concrete Network website. The effect is astounding.


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Staining Concrete

So how does it look!

These effects can be applied to pretty much any concrete surface, indoors, out doors, pools, etc. The acid used in the stain, cuts away into the concrete and the stain reacts with the components of the concrete to produce a hard wearing, indelible, coloration. This color doesn't wear or falter with sunlight, water or any of the usual issues.

When various layers of staining are used, you can produce the deep color effects seen above, which will match any finish you can find from wood or laminated flooring.

Acid staining has become significantly more popular due to the fact that it can be applied to concrete which is already in situ, as well as when a new floor has been layed. The fact that it is post "curing" (i.e. when the concrete has gone hard), makes it perfect for DIYers, and contractors alike.

Below I have attached a video showing how you can spray a floor with a "cheap bug sprayer", to achieve fantastic results.

So how do you spray a floor with a bug sprayer?

What colors are available?

Kemiko are one of the biggest suppliers of acid stain. Acid stains generally come in a limited number of colors, and Kemiko have one of the largest ranges.

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