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Concrete Acid Stain
Customer Concrete Acid Stain Projects
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  • Commercial Grade Concrete Acid Stain Colors Interior and Exterior Concrete Surfaces

  • Note: Due to DOT regulations there are no refunds, exchanges or returns for 1 and 5 gallon sizes.

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    Direct Colors Acid Stains for concrete are designed to enhance the appearance of concrete and other surface materials. It has been proven in thousands of commercial and residential applications to create a beautiful and unique flooring surface. Concrete Acid Stains produce unusual and permanent color effects in concrete, self-leveling topping systems, gunite, cement plaster, stucco, shotcrete, natural stone marble, cultured stone, limestone and other surfaces. Each concrete acid stain creates uneven color effects that simulate the natural shadings and aged appearance of stone or masonry. The color effect is unique to each stained surface and cannot be duplicated with other materials.



    What is Acid Stain?

    Most acid stains in the market are a mixture of mostly water, hydrochloric acid and soluble metallic salts. Direct Colors Concrete Acid Stains are composed of a unique concentrated formulation of blended metallic salts in an acidic water-based solution. These metallic salts penetrate and react with the minerals in the concrete to deposit the colors into the concrete pores. Each color is composed of a complex proprietary formulation that contains no pigments or resins. When highlighted with the proper sealer, this effect provides a natural and attractive glow that will not chip off.

    Acid Stain Concrete
    Direct Colors Coverage Calculator

    How much acid stain do I need?

    Direct Colors has taken the guess work out of your next project!  but if you must know, you need about one quart of acid stain per every 100 square feet of surface if applying one coat. We always recommend applying two coats but if you are gearing toward the multi color acid stain approach then the single coat of coverage ratio will work for each color.

    If you are applying the recommended 2 coats, use our  coverage calculator. This tool will not only tell you  how much acid stain you will need but also how much sealer and floor wax you will require to complete a project.

    Direct Colors Concrete Acid Stains are available in 1 qt (0.95 L), 1 gal (3.8 L), 5 gal (18.9 L) and 55 gal (208 L) containers.

    Concrete Acid Stain Colors

    Acid stain is a translucent product and the overall effect of the stain system leave an element of unpredictability  to the final appearance of the applied stain. For this reason, our color chart is to be used as a guideline only.

    Testing small areas or samples prior to starting a project is always recommended since the final color may differ significantly from what is shown on the chart  due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to the age of the existing slab, mix design, finishing techniques, concrete base colors and surface permeability.

    Direct Colors Concrete Acid Stains are available in 10 standard colors. Use our Design by Color photo gallery for color combination and technique ideas.

    CONCRETE ACID STAIN COLOR CHART

    Concrete Acid Stain Color Chart

    Different stains require varying amounts of time to activate and fully color the concrete, generally from 2 – 8 hours. Use our Acid Stain Color Activation Times chart for details. Be sure to check the acid stain color activation time before starting a project to ensure full surface coloring.
    For the most color from a given stain, spray another coat over the dried residue.


    NOTE: Azure Blue and Avocado Concrete Acid Stains should never be applied to a wet or damp surface, as this will produce a black or brown spotted appearance to the surface. Azure Blue and Avocado Concrete Acid Stains are recommended for indoor projects only.

    Can you dilute acid stains?

    Yes, The more you dilute the acid stain, the softer the color will be. Direct Colors acid stains can be diluted with water to lower the ratio of minerals, thus making the color lighter in shade. The best option is to test patch the concrete using straight stain and stain that has been diluted to 2 – 3 parts water to 1 part stain.
    If the water content is will not facilitate the chemical reaction required to make the color. This can be corrected by raising the acid content or using stain extender.
    Some colors vary more by adding water, but many factors, including age of the concrete, cement content and weathering determine how light or dark the stain will appear.

    How to Make Concrete Look Like Marble

    One of the best characteristics of acid stain is its ability to infuse cement based surfaces, with rich and deep color tones. Depending on the color and application technique used, the results can mimic everything from polished marble to natural stone or even stained wood. Something else to remember about concrete stain is that no two projects will look alike! Application, color selection, concrete surface conditions and environmental factors all play important roles in the final outcome. We encourage our customers to try one of our Acid Stain Sample Kits on a small area before starting their project.

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