Stained finishes make concrete look elegant, and its rich color lasts for years. The design possibilities are only limited by your imagination, as stains can be applied to whole floors or used in intricate patterns, making the space look exceptional.
The popular methods of preparing a surface for staining include mechanical grinding or using a specially formulated cleaner. This first step needs to be done on any surface because it will have a big impact on the finished product. Unlike using opaque colors that can hide a lot of flaws in the existing concrete, staining is translucent and will still show minor discolorations and imperfections.
Masking off the Surrounding Area
When staining concrete, it is best to make sure that the application is only done on the intended area. Covering off all surrounding surfaces, like walls and frames, will prevent unsightly permanent stain reactions.
Stains require dilution with water, and each manufacturer may recommend specific ratios depending on the desired effect. The first coat should be applied using a sprayer, or a sponge if a detailed pattern is to be followed. The first layer should be thoroughly dry before applying additional coats. The number of layers would depend on the intensity of stain color preferred.
Neutralization and Removal of Residue
When using acid stains, neutralization is an important part of the process in order to allow the sealant to attach to the concrete. Water-based stains do not require this process, but both types of stains require a thorough wash before sealing.
Staining a color sample on-site will also determine the concrete’s reaction to the stain. It is best to do a sample stain on areas that will be covered with appliances or are hidden from sight. Concrete Coatings Unlimited’s experts can restore your concrete and finish it off with a beautiful stain, making any room or outside area look warm and inviting.