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  • Semi-transparent concrete stain
  • Ideal for interior or exterior concrete surfaces
  • Low VOC water-based formulation
  • Trial Kits are non-returnable & non-refundable
White
White
Silver
Silver
StoneGray
StoneGray
SteelGray
SteelGray
IronGray
IronGray
OnyxBlack
OnyxBlack
Amber
Amber
Yellow
Yellow
Gold
Gold
Persimmon
Persimmon
Almond
Almond
Tangerine
Tangerine
Mahogany
Mahogany
SunsetTan
SunsetTan
Red
Red
Rust
Rust
Molasses
Molasses
Olive
Olive
Ivy
Ivy
Emerald
Emerald
BlackForest
BlackForest
BlueSpruce
BlueSpruce
Blue
Blue
Navy
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  • Acrylic, Solvent-Based, High Gloss
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Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY ColorWave™ Water-Based Stain Trial Kit, you can do just that. Try your stain in different shades, with different sealer finishes, and on different surfaces around your home to find the best fit for your concrete coloring project.

Direct Colors’ ColorWave™ Stain Trial Kit has everything you need to test our water-based and environmentally friendly concrete stain before you buy it, and to quickly add color to smaller concrete projects.

Trial Kit Includes

  • Select 3 different colors out of 30 colors (4 oz each)
  • Select 1 out of 4 sealers (4 oz each)
  • Foam Application Brushes (Qty 4)

Quick Facts

  • Application Tool: Pump sprayer, mop, stain/paint roller
  • Dry Time: 24 hours
  • Cleanup: ProClean Degreaser™ and warm water
  • Coverage: 1 Gallon covers aproximately 200 square feet per coat
  • Top Coat Sealer: AcquaSeal Acrylic Water-Based Sealer
  • Recommended Uses: Concrete floors, walls, columns, vertical decorative concrete

If you’re wondering what everything in the kit is for, we’ve got you covered. In this brief guide, we’ll go through the steps to using our Concrete Water-Based Stain Trial Kit, and when each of the included products are to be used. Let’s get started.

Concrete Surface Preparation

  1. Before you start your project, put your dust mask on to avoid inhaling dust and debris.
  2. Sweep any debris from a larger concrete surface. 
  3. Clean with an organic degreaser and rinse completely.
  4. Allow the concrete surface to dry completely. 
  5. Once your concrete surface is properly cleaned and free of debris, you’re ready to stain.

Applying the ColorWave™ Concrete Water-Based Stain

One of the best parts of a DIY Trial Kit from Direct Colors is just how easy the application process is. But, safety first.

Put your Dust Mask, Goggles, and Safety Gloves on. Even though ColorWave™ concrete stain is environmentally friendly, it can still cause skin irritation, and damage your eyes.

In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 3 Sample Sized Bottles of ColorWave™ Stain in shades of your choosing. Pick one or a few of your colors (if you choose to mix). If the color seems too dark for your liking, dilute the concrete stain by gradually adding a bit of water to your mixture until the desired shade is achieved.

To apply the stain, coat 1 of the 4 included Foam Application Brushes in the stain. You can choose to add the stain to a bowl and tip the brush from there, or keep it in the provided bottle.

Apply the ColorWave™ concrete stain using the foam application brush. Feel free to dab or brush the stain onto the surface depending on the project or desired effect. Apply the concrete stain in layers. Allow each previous layer to dry before applying another.

Sealing the Concrete Surface


Once the ColorWave™ Stain has dried, you’re ready to seal the surface. Put your Safety Gloves, Goggles, and Dust Mask back on.

In your DIY Trial Kit, you’re able to choose 1 of 2 options for concrete sealers. 

In terms of the finish, the Satin will give you a slightly matte, but beautiful covering that will pop the underlying colorant. High gloss, on the other hand, is a sheer, shiny product that gives the appearance of highly polished stone such as marble. Your choice will depend solely on how you want your concrete surface to look.

Once you’ve chosen your sealer, simply cover one of the Foam Application Brushes in the sealer, and spread evenly across the newly colored concrete surface. Apply in thin layers. Two coats are recommended for sufficient protection from UV rays, moisture and other elements, and foot traffic.

Allow to dry for up to 24 hours.

And you’re done! For more information on concrete staining and to get ideas for your next concrete coloring project, visit our resource center.

How-To Guide

Printable ColorWave® How-To Guide

Step 1: Preparation

  • Cover areas at risk of over-spray with plastic drop cloth.
  • Newly poured concrete must cure for 30 days before application.
  • For existing concrete:
    • Remove paint or previously applied sealer using Soy Gel Stripper.
    • Remove carpet glue or other adhesives using Bean-E-Doo® Mastic Remover.
    • Remove any oils, dirt, debris, Soy Gel Stripper, or Bean-E-Doo® Mastic Remover using scrub brush and ProClean Degreaser™.
  • Verify absorption by pouring a cup of water in various areas. If not absorbed within five minutes, etch the surface with CitrusEtch™, then neutralize surface with ProClean Neutralizer™ and rinse thoroughly.
  • Allow the concrete to thoroughly dry before application.

Step 2: Application

Coverage rate is approximately 200 square feet per gallon. Coverage rates may vary based on concrete texture, surface porosity, and application method.

NOTE: Only apply ColorWave® Water-Based Concrete Stain when surface temperature is between 40 °F (4 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).

Caution: May be harmful if swallowed or ingested. Contact with skin can cause mild irritation. Avoid contact with eyes.

Spraying:

  • Remove all filters from pump-up sprayer.
  • Shake ColorWave® well before pouring into sprayer.
  • Begin spraying at a far corner to maintain a clear path to exit.
  • Spray ColorWave® on surface in slightly circular motions with irregular overlaps.
    • Shake sprayer tank from side to side often to prevent color from settling.
    • Spray thin coats to avoid puddling.
  • To develop deeper color, apply additional coats using the same method (maximum of four thin coats).
    • Allow eight hours between coats.
    • Dry for at least eight hours before applying a sealer.

Step 3: Seal & Protect Finish

  • Apply two thin coats of sealer with AcquaSeal™ or EasySeal™.
    • For interior only: Also apply two thin coats of ProWax Polish™.
  • For additional application instructions, see AcquaSeal™, EasySeal™, and ProWax Polish™ How-To Guides.

Pro Tips:

  • To avoid droplets dripping onto surface: before releasing sprayer trigger, immediately place tip in a bucket.
  • Multiple colors may be creatively layered or blended.

Cleanup:

  • Clean tools and supplies with ProClean Degreaser™ and warm water.

Maintenance:

  • For exterior: Protect finish every two years as needed with AcquaSeal™ or EasySeal™.
  • For interior: Protect finish every two years with ProWax Polish™ or spot treat high-traffic areas as needed.
  • For additional application instructions, see AcquaSeal™, EasySeal™, and ProWax Polish™ How-To Guides.

Tools & Supplies:

  • Pump-up sprayer
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Scrub brush
  • Spiked shoes (if using CitrusEtch™)

Disclaimer: Direct Colors does not warranty or guarantee results (outcomes). Concrete variations or improper application may cause unintended results. Test product on an inconspicuous or small area and allow to fully cure to ensure compatibility and desired result.

Data Sheets

Color Chart

ColorWave - Color Chart

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