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  • Color or restore faded concrete
  • Ideal for lightly textured, broomed, and stamped concrete
  • Can be applied to previously colored concrete
  • NOTE: Antiquing stain must be sealed after application
Due to hazmat regulations, this product cannot be shipped via air

    How much do I need to stain my concrete?

    It will depend on the square footage of your application.

    The coverage rate is 200 square feet per gallon (2 coats) depending on concrete porosity. Two or more coats are required.

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    Product Details

    Antiquing™ Stain is a semi-transparent, solvent-based concrete stain crafted to enhance the aesthetic appeal of outdoor concrete surfaces. Its premium, spray-on formula is specifically tailored for use on stamped concrete driveways, patios, pool decks, walkways, and other outdoor concrete areas. Designed for both revitalization and color restoration, Antiquing™ Stain excels in breathing new life into faded or discolored stamped, broomed, swirled, hand troweled, or textured concrete. It stands out as a superior alternative to traditional coloring methods, such as colored stamped release forms, by offering an easier, mess-free application process suitable for both professionals and homeowners. The key to its effectiveness lies in a unique blend of pigments and dispersants that ensure the color not only enhances the concrete's surface but also highlights its natural textures and indentations, creating a distinctive antique look.

    Quick Facts

    Application Tools: Best applied using a pump sprayer (filter removed).
    Location: Suitable for exterior applications.
    Dry Time: Antiquing™ Stain requires 8 hours of drying before sealer application. It is recommended to apply two coats for optimal results. For detailed information on sealers, refer to AcquaSeal™ TDS and EasySeal™ TDS. Dry times can vary with environmental conditions.
    Re-Coat Time: Additional coats can be applied without waiting.
    Cleanup: For Antiquing™ Stain and EasySeal™ Sealer: Use xylene.
    For AcquaSeal™ Sealer: Use ProClean Degreaser™ and warm water.
    Coverage: Approximately 200 sq. ft. per gallon for two thin coats. It is recommended to apply two coats for optimal performance; coverage may vary depending on surface conditions.
    Recommended Sealers: Compatible with AcquaSeal™ Water-based Acrylic Sealer or EasySeal™ Solvent-based Acrylic Sealer.
    Application Temperature: Best between 40°F-95°F (4°C-35°C).
    Recommended Uses: Ideal for stamped concrete driveways, patios, pool decks, walkways, and other outdoor concrete areas.
    Important Note: Requires proper ventilation due to strong fumes.

    Special Offers

    Antiquing™ Stain Trial Kit (SHIPS FREE)

    A sampler kit that includes three 4-ounce color choices, a 4-ounce satin or gloss sealer, and foam applicators, perfect for testing colors and finishes.

    Antiquing™ Stain & Seal Bundle

    A package including one gallon of Antiquing™ Stain and one gallon of sealer, ideal for small to medium projects.

    Antiquing™ Complete DIY Kit

    This comprehensive kit is perfect for DIY enthusiasts, containing protective gear, cleaning supplies, a gallon of stain, application tools, and sealer.

    Antiquing™ Mega Bundle

    A bulk deal offering five gallons of Antiquing™ Stain and five gallons of sealer, suitable for large-scale projects or professional use.

    FAQ

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    How does Antiquing™ Stain work?

    Concrete Antiquing™ Stain is a solution formulated using pigments. Once this concrete stain is applied to a concrete surface, the liquid remains wet for an extended period, allowing the pigments to travel and nest in the lower depressions of the surface. When they've completed dried, the pigments deposit lightly on the higher spaces and heavily in the lower depressions - resulting in that beautiful "antique" finish (hence the name!). Since Antiquing™ Stain is a pigment-based colorant, the pigments need to be held in place with a concrete sealer.

    Where can I apply concrete antiquing stain?

    Typically intended for outdoor surfaces, Antiquing™ Stain is specifically-engineered for stamped concrete that remains in good condition. It can also be applied to hand-troweled, hand-textured, or brushed concrete. However, when the concrete doesn't have depressions, such as a slate finish or other design, the color typically produces a more uniform result (depending on the application method). If your concrete is extremely porous, weathered, or degraded, consider using our Portico™ Paver Stain for better color results. If you're unsure, check out an Antiquing™ Stain Trial Kit or Portico™ Paver Stain Trial Kit to confirm results for you before you start on a full project.

    After antiquing concrete and letting it dry, it barely looks like I have any color. What happened?

    The good news is that concrete pigments don't disappear! Assuming your concrete surface is in good condition and not extremely porous, weathered, or otherwise degraded, the pigments you sprayed down are still in place. Once Antiquing™ Stain is sprayed on the surface and dries for several hours, the dried pigment only appears faded. When you apply the recommended two thin coats of concrete sealer, the color will "pop" to life, transforming your space! Be mindful of a decision you'll need to make between solvent-based or water-based sealers. While both are great options, the difference is that solvent-based sealers will "pop" color much more intensely than water-based sealers. Water-based sealers will tend to soften in color as they cure.

    Why didn’t Antiquing™ Stain work on my concrete?

    It would be unusual if the antiquing stain didn’t color your concrete surface successfully. Remember, this product is made of pigment, and pigments don't disappear! If Antiquing™ Stain didn't add any color to your concrete, it could potentially be one of two issues: 
    1. The pigments became trapped or blocked in the sprayer. This can make it seem as if you sprayed liquid with no color. Make sure that you have removed all of the filters on the stain sprayer and that the O-rings are seated correctly in the sprayer head. 
    2. The concrete that you're applying Antiquing™ Stain to is far too porous, weathered, or degraded. When concrete is extremely porous, the pigments will fall deeper into the concrete surface - causing the color to diminish. This is not a sign of a faulty product, but unfortunately, you may have selected the wrong product for your particular project.

    How much surface preparation is required to antique concrete?

    Surface preparation is often the most critical factor in any successful decorative concrete project. In order to achieve the best results, the concrete surface should be free of cure and seal, sealer, paint, dirt, grime, and grease. If the concrete was previously stained and the original sealer has worn away, go ahead and apply Antiquing™ Stain over that previous stain. What you would particularly want to avoid is applying the Antiquing™ Stain over a previously sealed surface. This could cause the still intact sealer to repel the new stain you’ve applied. Scrub the surface using ProClean Degreaser, rinse thoroughly, and allow to dry before applying Antiquing™ Stain.

    I purchased the amount of product your concrete stain calculator recommended based on my square footage, and still needed more. What happened?

    Depending on your concrete surface and chosen application methods, coverage rates can vary. We follow industry standards of approximately 200 square feet per gallon, which commonly applies to lower viscosity products like colorants and concrete sealers. First, it's always good to double-check your calculation of square footage. From there, a few variables come into play. How porous, weathered, or worn is your concrete? How heavily are you applying the product? On smoother, less porous concrete, you may find you're getting a bit more coverage than anticipated. For stamped, textured, or more weathered, porous concrete, you may get a bit less coverage. These variables aren't calculation errors, but more of a common indefinite. When in doubt, follow the general construction rule of rounding up for your supply needs.

    I ordered a trial kit and we found the color we are going with. Can I stain yet this fall and seal in the spring? No way will we meet the temperature requirements for sealing this year.

    Antiquing™ Stain should be sealed 8 -10 hours after application to prevent the pigments from being displaced by wind or weather.

    Is concrete antiquing stain permanent?

    No, Antiquing™ Stain is a topical colorant with UV-stable and fade-resistant pigments. As the product is applied, the pigments will nest into the pores of the concrete, the solvent-based liquid will off-gas and dry, and then a sealer will need to be applied to keep the colorant on the surface. You must maintain the sealer to protect your color.

    How long does the Antiquing™ Stain need to dry before applying sealer?

    For exterior concrete, allow at least 8 hours for Antiquing™ Stain to dry and off-gas before applying acrylic solvent-based sealer.

    What should I use for cleanup of Antiquing™ Stain?

    Odorless mineral spirits should be used for the cleanup of Antiquing™ Stain.

    Can I use antiquing concrete stain in my garage?

    We would recommend a different product for staining your garage floor, such as our Vibrance Dye. For a more permanent color change, consider EverStain Acid Stain.

    How-To Guide

    Preliminary Testing

    Before using the product for your entire project, try it out on a small, hidden area of the surface you'll be working on. This will let you see how it looks and if it's the right fit for your project.

    Pre-Application

    • Clean & Dry: Antiquing™ should be applied to a surface that is completely clean and dry. If the surface was cleaned with water or pressure washed, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before staining. Ensure the surface is free from dust, dirt, oil, grease, paints, glues, curing agents, efflorescence, chemical contaminants, rust, algae, mildew, and other materials that might prevent proper bonding.
    • Cured: The concrete or overlay must be fully cured before application. It is recommended that cement-based products cure for at least 28 days to achieve optimal results.
    • Temperature: For optimal results, apply Antiquing™ when temperatures are between 40°F (4°C) and 95°F (35°C).
    • Sound: Apply only to cement-based products that are not flaking or spalling. The substrate must be structurally sound. For surfaces showing signs of delamination, employ diamond grinding, shot blasting, or similar mechanical methods for removal.
    • Profiled: Perform an absorption test to check if the concrete is ready for staining. Pour water onto the concrete surface and wait for 3-5 minutes. If the water is not absorbed, the surface will need to be cleaned and etched with CitrusEtch™ to open the pores of the concrete. Detailed instructions can be found in the CitrusEtch™ Technical Data Sheet. If the concrete absorbs the water, it is ready for Antiquing™ application. Image showing two concrete surfaces: on the left, a surface that passes the water absorption test with water penetrating the concrete, and on the right, a surface failing the test with water pooling on top
    • Ventilation: When applying, be aware that odors can be strong. Ensure the area is properly ventilated during application to maintain a safe and comfortable working environment.

    Preparation Tips

    • Block HVAC ducts to prevent solvent spread and odors. Ensure all ignition sources, like pilot lights, are extinguished before starting.
    • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment as recommended in the Safety Data Sheet.
    • Protect surfaces not intended for staining by covering surrounding areas to prevent accidental application.
    • Avoid using tape on concrete surfaces before or after staining, as adhesives and plasticizers can interfere with the stain's effectiveness.

    Tools for Application

    • For Large Applications: Apply stain using a garden-type pump sprayer (with the filter removed).
      Hand showing filter removal from a pump-up sprayer
      Removing the filter from a pump-up sprayer to prevent clogging.
    • For Small Projects: Use a soft brush or a small foam applicator, alongside a tub or dishpan that's large enough for easy dipping of the brush.

    Application Process

    • Before application, thoroughly mix Antiquing™ Stain to ensure uniformity. If using multiple jugs from different production lots, combine and mix them together to guarantee even coloration across the project.
    • Plan the work area in manageable sections, utilizing natural break points such as walls and joints to avoid discrepancies in application. Maintain control of wet edges to reduce overlap marks.
    • Apply Antiquing™ Stain using the prepared pump-up sprayer (with the filter removed) in a circular spraying motion.
    • Two saturating coats may be applied successively, without waiting for the first to dry, to ensure thorough coverage and optimal color depth.
    • Use spiked shoes if walking on the stained area is necessary. Avoid walking on wet stain to maintain a smooth, even application.
    • Apart from spraying, methods like mopping, sponging, and ragging are effective, particularly for creating accents and artistic finishes.
    • Over-application should be avoided; excess stain that doesn’t penetrate the concrete surface can hinder sealer adhesion. If stain can be easily wiped away after application, it indicates insufficient surface penetration, necessitating further surface preparation.
    • Allow the final coat of Antiquing™ Stain to dry completely, usually over a minimum of 8 hours, to ensure solvent gases fully evaporate, preventing blotchy spots under the sealer.
    • Although Antiquing™ Stain is applied in rich color, it dries to an almost colorless state until the sealer is applied, which significantly enhances the color depth.
    • Apply a high-solid content acrylic sealer, a critical step to ensure the protection, enhancement, and durability of the stain's color and finish.

    Limitations

    • Batch Variability: The supply of specialized pigments may vary between batches. To ensure color consistency, use the same batch for the entire job or mix multiple batches together (“boxing”).
    • Surface Characteristics: Antiquing™ Stain is a translucent stain designed to enhance but not hide the concrete surface. It won't cover discolorations, blemishes, cracks, or other irregularities and may highlight differences in porosity. Typically, it appears lighter when dry than when wet.
    • Surface Compatibility: Antiquing™ Stain might not adhere well to hard-troweled (smoothly machine-finished) surfaces.
    • Sealant Requirement: Antiquing™ Stain requires a sealer for color enhancement; it is not a standalone sealant product.
    • Color Accuracy: While efforts are made to accurately represent colors in product literature, photos, and sample color chips, the actual color achieved on concrete can significantly differ. This discrepancy stems from the stain's translucent nature, allowing the color of the concrete base to affect the final shade.

    Slip Resistance

    Antiquing™ Stain does not affect slip resistance, which is determined by the chosen sealer. For enhanced slip-resistance on exterior surfaces, add OxiGrip™ to the sealer.

    Sealing

    Antiquing™ Stain on concrete requires sealing to encapsulate the pigments and preserve the color and finish.

    • Choose between EasySeal™ Satin or AcquaSeal™ Satin. Both provide a satin finish that is less slippery compared to their gloss counterparts. For detailed information on sealers, refer to AcquaSeal™ TDS and EasySeal™ TDS.
    • Keep in mind that EasySeal™, being solvent-based, generally enriches and darkens the stain color more than the water-based AcquaSeal™.
    • Gloss Finish Consideration: If using gloss finish sealers, which can make surfaces more slippery, consider adding OxiGrip™ slip-resistant additive to the second coat for enhanced safety.

    Coverage

    Estimated coverage is around 200 square feet per gallon, varying with surface conditions and application methods.

    Clean-Up

    Product Clean-Up
    Antiquing™ Stain Xylene
    AcquaSeal™ Water-based Sealer ProClean Degreaser™ and warm water
    EasySeal™ Solvent-based Sealer Xylene

    Disposal

    Dispose of unused product according to local environmental or hazardous waste regulations.

    Shelf Life and Storage

    Use Antiquing™ Stain within one year of purchase and store it in a cool, indoor location away from sunlight and heat.

    Maintenance

    • Regularly inspect exterior sealed surfaces for wear and reapply sealer as needed.
    • For interior surfaces, monitor and maintain wax coatings or polish, especially in high-traffic areas.

    Complementary Products

    ProClean Degreaser™ Concrete cleaner & degreaser
    CitrusEtch™ Pre-stain concrete pore etcher
    ProClean Neutralizer™ Concrete cleaner & neutralizer
    EasySeal™ Solvent-based acrylic sealer
    AcquaSeal™ Water-based acrylic sealer
    OxiGrip™ Slip-resistant sealer additive
    PatchRx™ Concrete repair
    Resurface-It™ Concrete overlay/micro-topping

    Safety & Precautions

    DANGER: HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED. COMBUSTIBLE. Do not swallow. Do not get in eyes or on skin or clothing. Do not breathe fumes. Keep away from heat, sparks and open flames. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Wear a mask. Wear safety glasses and chemical resistant gloves. Use only in a well-ventilated area. Contains: Petroleum Distillates and Aliphatic amine derivative FIRST AID TREATMENT: If swallowed, call physician immediately. Do not induce vomiting. If in eyes or on skin, rinse well with water. If on clothes, remove clothes. If breathed in, move person into fresh air.

    Warranty

    Antiquing™ Stain is guaranteed for uniform quality within manufacturing tolerances. No warranty is provided for its application effects. Liability for defects is limited to refunding the purchase price. Users bear all other risks and liabilities. For inquiries, contact Direct Colors customer service.

    How-To Videos

    Test Before You Invest: Stain Trial Kit Tutorial
    Concrete Stain Calculator Help

    Color Chart

    Antiquing Stamped Concrete Stain Color Chart

    PDF Downloads

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