Decorative Concrete Trial KitsSometimes, you just need to try before you buy full-sized! With Direct Colors’ Decorative Concrete Trial Kits, you can do just that. Try out different colors of concrete stain, dye, and pigment to see which looks best on your concrete surface. Our convenient kits are also great for completing those smaller DIY projects!
Decorative Concrete Trial Kit Buying GuideNot all concrete surfaces are created equal, that’s for sure!
The colorant you ultimately choose for your DIY project will depend on a few factors such as heat, moisture, and traffic. The texture or finish of your particular concrete surface is also a very important factor. In this buying guide, we’ll give our ideal recommendations for what a DIYer should consider when choosing the best product for their project. Let’s break it down!
What to Think About When Choosing a Kit
HeatFloors are the most common application for decorative concrete products. But, as concrete becomes a more popular building material, more and more houses are fitted with concrete surfaces that homeowners might have not considered.
Countertops, walls, fireplaces, and even decor could be made of concrete - and could be spiffed up with a colorant if you so choose!
For concrete surfaces that could potentially get hot such as fireplaces and countertops next to stoves, the type of stain matters less than the way the concrete is sealed. Concrete acid stain or water-based stains will do the job here, but be sure to seal the surface with Direct Colors Penetrating Sealer.. This particular sealer is safe up to 160℉, and won’t bubble or crack the way some other sealers may.
MoistureNow that that’s out of the way, moisture is your next most important consideration. Similar to heat, protection from moisture penetration is often the job of the concrete sealer. But, indoor flooring generally doesn’t see moisture the way a pool deck or patio might. However, countertops are a different story.
Countertops see a lot of moisture and a ton of use from different materials. From pots and pans to knives and hands, your kitchen counter might even see more traffic than your floors do!
TrafficFor the high traffic of your concrete floor, we recommend acid stain. For DIYers, our EverStain™ Acid Stain Trial Kit makes it easy to get what you need and start your project as soon as possible. Concrete acid stain is particularly good for high-traffic areas such as indoor flooring. This is because of acid stain’s longevity and durability after application.
However, for a concrete coloring option that is easier to apply and has less odor, our ColorWave™ Water-Based Stain Kit is the way to go. This concrete stain, while lacking a bit of the longevity of the acid stain, is much easier to apply, and won’t have the application odor that an acid stain will.
The main difference between indoor and outdoor concrete stain is sunlight and the sheer amount of moisture that an outdoor area will experience.
UV rays can damage or fade concrete coloring projects. Without the right product, your patio or pool deck can go from beauty to bust in a matter of years or months. That goes for moisture content too. Concrete stains penetrate the pores of the concrete to interact with the inner workings of the material, and if water is clogging up those pores, the stain won’t be able to get in, and you’ll be left with a sub-par coloring job.
For the specific and extreme environment of your patio or pool deck, we recommend the Antiquing™ Stain Kit. This stain is durable enough to withstand the beating rain and sunlight, but powerful enough to give your concrete a rich, vibrant color. For DIYers who aren’t sure what they need to get started, we’ve got you covered with our complete DIY kits.