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Concrete Acid Stain Trial Kit
Direct Colors Concrete Dye is quick-drying, easy-to-apply acetone-based, topical colorant intended for concrete floor or similar applications. When used properly, this product will provide true, consistent color for indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces. Concrete Dye is a dye and seal product and is not intended for polished concrete floors
Concrete Dye is an acetone-based topical colorant. The acetone mixes with the coloring agent and bonds to the surface of the concrete. Concrete dye provides a permanent color when properly sealed and maintained with a high quality concrete sealer. When properly sealed, the dye produces a bright, variegated surface color unique to this process. Concrete Dye can also be used in conjunction with concrete acid stain to enhance color and texture. Concrete dye is ideal for commercial jobs where turnaround time is a factor as well as for stenciling and vertical projects where fast drying time and ease of application is a necessity.
Concrete Dye is particularly useful when attempting to stain areas that cannot easily be colored with concrete acid stain. Concrete Dye is an excellent choice as secondary accents on tinted concrete sealer and acid stain finishes, stenciling, design work, and borders. Dye can also be used on slabs not suitable for acid staining such as concrete poured with a waterproofing additive, with exposed aggregate or areas previously treated with muriatic acid.
Concrete dye is not a good choice for excessively rough and/or heavily broomed concrete.
Surface preparation is one of the most important steps of the dyeing process. The concrete must be free of debris, dirt and oils, sealers, adhesives or anything that might prevent the color from bonding with your surface.
Often, surfaces inside an existing house will have dry wall mud, paint, wood stains, tile adhesives, carpet adhesives, grease, pet stains or other contaminants on the concrete. Areas where debris remains on the surface may prevent the dye from adhering properly leaving color imperfections on the floor. Use Bean-e-Do, for removing carpet or tile adhesive and Soy Gel Professional Paint Stripper to remove epoxy, sealers, varnish or paint stains.
The floor should be completely dry before beginning the coloring process. Concrete Dye will cover up some minor imperfections, but to insure a consistent color, you will want your concrete as clean as possible. Concrete Dye performs best on hand-troweled or relatively smooth surfaces.
Due to the transportation restrictions associated with shipping acetone, Direct Colors does not ship Concrete Dye in liquid form. For every gallon of dye you will need to buy a gallon of acetone from a local hardware store. Acetone is readily available in most communities.
Direct Colors offers a 5-Ounce Aerosol Sprayer for samples or accent applications, a 48-Ounce Sprayer for jobs 200-500 sq. ft. and a 3-Gallon Acetone Sprayer for larger projects.
For best results, apply a thin layer of Satin Finish, Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer to the surface prior to applying the concrete dye. Because the dye particles are finely milled, most surfaces, especially porous and exterior concrete, should be sealed first before applying the dye.
Safety while applying dye is important. Remember to use goggles and gloves while working with the concrete dye. The appearance of the finished product is very much influenced by the manner in which the dye is applied.
After the surface has been cleaned, begin the sealing process.
Use caution in applying solvent-based sealers, particularly during indoor applications. Wear a mask while applying the sealer and make certain the area is well ventilated to the outside. Consider using a water-based sealer in poor ventilated spaces such as basements.
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