Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY Concrete Dye 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 Dye Trial Kit has everything you need to test our best selling concrete colorant before you buy it, and to quickly add color to smaller concrete projects.
Trial Kit Includes
- Select up to 3 different colors
- Select up to 1 out of 4 sealers (4 oz each)
- Foam Application Brush (Qty 1)
- 5 Ounce Dye Sprayer Applicator - 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 Dye Trial Kit, and when each of the included products are to be used. Let’s get started.
Concrete Surface Preparation
- Before you start your project, put your dust mask on to avoid inhaling dust and debris.
- Sweep any debris from a larger concrete surface.
- Clean with an organic degreaser 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 Dye
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. The acetone in the Concrete Dye can cause skin irritation, and damage your eyes if used improperly.
In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 3 Packets of Concrete Dye Powder
in shades of your choosing. To prepare the concrete dye for application, you’ll need to purchase acetone from your local hardware store. Acetone solution disperses the pigment in the Concrete Dye Powder, while activating the colorant as well.
Mix the acetone with the concrete dye powder of your choice inside of the provided Dye Sprayer Applicator. Shake vigorously until the pigment is dispersed into the solution.
Once you’ve mixed the acetone and your choice of concrete dye powder in your Dye Sprayer Applicator, you’re ready to color your concrete. Using the Dye Sprayer Applicator, coat the concrete surface with a layer of concrete dye mixture. Add extra layers to darken the surface. As you apply, continue to shake the Dye Sprayer Applicator to avoid clumping.
Once you’ve covered the surface and are satisfied with the shade achieved, you’re ready to seal.
Sealing the Concrete Surface
Acrylic Sealers, Foam Application Brushes, Safety Gloves, Goggles, and Dust Mask
Once the Acetone Concrete Dye 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 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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