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I wanted to use this product for cement statutes. So far I have tried it on an acorn and was disappointed that the colors I used looked alike. I used English red and coffee brown I was thinking about adding a coat of the black to see if that darkened the top of the acorn!
Your customer service people are wonderful!! Always ready to provide you with all the details and information needed for your next concrete acid stain or deco gel acid stain concrete project. Thanks.
Nice to be able to try the colors before purchasing larger quantity.
Ordered two different kits and received two kits of the same type. This did not help me at all.


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  • Deco Gel is the only gelled acid stain in the market
  • Designed to adhere without drips or runs to concrete
  • Ideal for concrete walls, borders, columns or other similar projects
  • Trial Kits are non-returnable & non-refundable
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Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY DecoGel™ Acid 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’ DecoGel™ Stain 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 3 different colors out of 9 colors (4 oz each)
  • Select 1 sealer finish (4 oz each)
  • Foam Application Brushes (Qty 4)
  • Neutralizer

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 DecoGel™ 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 DecoGel™ Acid 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. DecoGel™ Stain can cause skin irritation, and damage your eyes if used improperly.

In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 3 Sample Sized Bottles of DecoGel™ 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 bitof water to your mixture until the desired shade is achieved.

Apply the DecoGel™ Concrete Acid 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 wet layers for a blended look or allow each previous layer to dry before applying another for a sharper transition between colors.


  1. Prepare Neutralizer and water solution using 1-2 tablespoons of Neutralizer (baking soda) per gallon of water. 
  2. Spray or pour the neutralizer solution on acid stained surface. 
  3. Scrub with a soft nylon bristle scrub brush where needed to remove residue.
  4. Wash the surface carefully using clean water until nothing but clear water is visible. 
  5. Remove all residue and excess color from concrete before leaving to dry. 
NOTE: The clean, wet surface will be the approximate color of the final sealed surface.

Leave to dry. After the surface has completely dried, the floor should be ready to seal.

Sealing the Concrete Surface

Once the DecoGel™ 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 finish 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 DecoGel™ 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 oils, dirt, debris, Soy Gel Stripper, Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover, using a scrub brush and ProClean Degreaser™
  • Verify absorption by pouring a cup of a water in various areas. If not absorbed within 5 minutes, etch the surface with Hard Troweled Floor Pre-Treatment
  • Allow the concrete to thoroughly dry before Application

Step 2: Application

Coverage rate is approximately 150 square feet per gallon. Coverage rates may vary based on concrete texture, surface porosity, and application method.

NOTE: Only apply DecoGel when surface temperature is between 40 °F (4 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C) and wear spiked shoes to avoid leaving footprints before surface is neutralized.

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

  • Apply a generous coat (1/16" thick) using a foam brush or paint brush
  • Allow stain to react and develop color over 4-6 hours (richer color may take more time)
  • Once desired color has developed, neutralize stain with ProClean Neutralizer
    • Removed excess dried DecoGel using a scrub brush
    • Spray a saturating coat of ProClean Neutralizer™ on surface and allow to sit for 15 minutes
    • Using scrub brush break up all remaning DecoGel™ residue
    • Immediately rinse surface with water until surface is clean with residue
  • Allow concrete to throughly dry for at least 8 hours before applying sealer
  • As surface dries color begins to look chalky or faded, this is normal. Color will "pop" once sealer is applied

Step 3: Seal & Protect Finish

  • Apply 2 thin coats of sealer AcquaSeal or EasySeal
    • For interior only: Also apply 2 thin coats of ProWax Polish
  • For additional application instructions see AcquaSeal™, EasySeal™ and ProWax Polish™ How-To Guides

Pro Tips:

  • Darker acid stain colors will override lighter colors. If lighter colors are applied first, follow with darker colors. If darker colors are applied first, leave bare spots to fill in with lighter colors.
  • DecoGel™ reacts with minerals found in Portland Cement. Areas with more minerals will develop more color than areas with less minerals. DecoGel™ will not stain rock or sand
  • If new concrete is being poured, it must have less than 10% Fly Ash for DecoGel™ to work properly
  • DecoGel™ may be used for vertical concrete surfaces such as retaining walls, columns, borders, concrete brick, and stenciling


  • Neutralize tools and supplies with ProClean Neutralizer™ 
  • Then wash tools and supplies with ProClean Neutralizer™ and warm water


  • For exterior: Protect finish every 2 years as needed with AcquaSeal or EasySeal
  • For interior: Protect finish every 2 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:

  • Foam Brush or Paint Brush
  • Plastic Drop Cloth
  • Scrub Brush
  • Spiked Shoes (if using Hard Troweled Floor Pre-Treatment)

Disclaimer: Direct Colors does not warrant or guarantee outcomes. Concrete variations or improper application may cause unintended results. test Products in an inconspicuous or small area and fully cure to ensure compatibility and desired result.

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