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I haven't used the kit yet but it arrived and appears as advertised.
I have been working with Brad at your shop because the stain soaked up into the concrete you can hardly see it. He suggested to try putting down sealer first then stain then another coat of sealer. Brad has been very helpful. I will probably have to purchase another sample kit as I used all the stain. I still have sealer but not enough stain. Thank you.
Excellent way to test and see what works before you buy! So glad we did. All we need is sealant and not the stain so this helped so much!!
My acid stain did not take. I'll try the Antiquing stain next
Easy to use
Haven’t tried the product yet. However shipping was fast.

$48.95

Choose 5 Stain Colors and 2 Sealer Finishes

Auburn
Auburn
Aztec Brown
Aztec Brown
Black
Black
Buff
Buff
Cafe Royale
Cafe Royale
Charcoal
Charcoal
Chocolate
Chocolate
Cinnabar
Cinnabar
Crimson
Crimson
Cumin
Cumin
Driftwood
Driftwood
Fern Green
Fern Green
Goldenrod
Goldenrod
Gray
Gray
Khaki
Khaki
Light Charcoal
Light Charcoal
Maple
Maple
Milano Red
Milano Red
Olive
Olive
Plum
Plum
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Russet
Russet
Silver Gray
Silver Gray
Sunset Tan
Sunset Tan
Tan
Tan
Terra Cotta
Terra Cotta
Tweed
Tweed
Wheat
Wheat
Yukon Gold
Yukon Gold
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Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY Antiquing Stain Trial Kits, 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’ Concrete Antiquing Stain Trial Kit has everything you need to test our premier outdoor concrete colorant before you buy it, and to quickly add color to smaller concrete projects.

Trial Kit Includes
  • Select up to 5 out of 30 colors (4 oz each)
  • Select up to 2 out of 4 sealers (4 oz each)
  • Cleaner and Degreaser - 4oz
  • Foam Application Brushes (1 inch) - 7
  • Nitrile Safety Gloves - 2
  • Safety Goggles - 1
  • Dust Dask - 1
  • Scrub Brush - Soft Bristle - 1
  • Cleaning Cloth - 1

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 Antiquing Stain Trial Kit, and when each of the included products are to be used. Let’s get started.

Concrete Surface Preparation

Dust Mask, Scrub Brush, Cleaner & Degreaser, and Cleaning Cloth

The included Dust Mask, Scrub Brush, and Cleaning Cloth have a few different uses in any concrete coloring project. But first, they’re used to prepare your concrete surface for stain by cleaning it. If your project area has any paint, oil stains, cracks, dust or other debris on it, the Concrete Antiquing Stain will not work.

Before you start your project, put your Dust Mask on to avoid inhaling dust and debris.
Sweep any debris from a larger concrete surface, or use the included Scrub Brush to do the same. Your Cleaning Cloth can also be used for cleanup depending on the material. 
Next, dilute the Cleaner and Degreaser. The 4 ounce bottle provided is a concentrated product, which needs to be watered down. 
Add the entire 4 ounce bottle to 1 gallon of water, using the scrub brush and towel to clean your concrete surface of any oil stains, paint, or other unwanted materials. Scrub and rinse completely.

Allow the concrete surface to dry completely. Once your concrete surface is properly cleaned and free of debris, you’re ready to stain.

Applying the Concrete Antiquing Stain

Concrete Antiquing Stain, Applicator Brushes, Dust Mask, Safety Gloves, and Goggles

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.Concrete Antiquing Stain can cause skin irritation, and damage your eyes if used improperly.

In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 5 Sample Sized Bottles of Concrete Antiquing Stain in shades of your choosing. Pick one or a few of your colors (if you choose to mix)

Antiquing stains may appear milky in the bottle. In order to activate the pigment, shake each bottle vigorously until all of the colorant at the bottom of the bottle has dissolved in the solution. If being used for multiple projects, be sure to shake the bottle again before each use.

Apply the Concrete Antiquing Stain using the foam application brush. Feel free to dab or brush the stain onto the surface depending on the project or desired effect. To avoid dripping, apply the antiquing concrete stain to the applicator brush above your testing or project area.

Apply the concrete stain in layers until a “wet” consistency is achieved. Now, you’re ready to seal.

Sealing the Concrete Surface

Acrylic Sealers, Foam Application Brushes, Safety Gloves, Goggles, and Dust Mask Acrylic Sealers, Foam Application Brushes, Safety Gloves, Goggles, and Dust Mask

Once the Antiquing Concrete 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 2 of 4 options for concrete sealers. Each of them work very well for any application. However, we generally recommend the Solvent-Based sealers for outdoor concrete, and Water-Based sealers for indoor concrete.

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.

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