PLANNING YOUR NEXT ACID STAIN PROJECT
Use the Acid Stain Project Checklist to determine what products you’ll need for your next DIY project. Keep in mind that concrete texture, porosity and conditions will effect the amount of stain and sealer needed to complete the job. Rougher, more porous concrete may require more than the recommended amount of acid stain and concrete sealer so use this checklist as a guide rather than the final word on your project needs
Keep in mind that it is your responsibility, as the stain applicator, to make sure the slab is ready to accept the stain, whether you poured the concrete or not. Take the time to look at the batch tickets to see what’s in the concrete mix, and always do a sample prior to stain installation to ensure that the color is correct.
Acid Stain Project Checklist
- Acid stain
- Acid stain resistant spiked shoes
- Concrete sealer
- Cleaner & degreaser
- Cleaning cloths
- Dust mask
- Plastic pump sprayer
- Scrub brush – Medium
- Scrub brush – Soft
- Shop Vac
- 3/8″ Nap Rollers (2)
Concrete Acid Stain
Depending on surface conditions, the coverage rate is 200 sq. ft. per gallon applying two coats (more acid stain will be needed if additional color accents are desired) Older concrete may require more stain and longer activation times to achieve a darker coloration.
The sealer choice varies by base type, finish desired and concrete surface conditions.
First, decide what level of gloss – satin finish, semi-gloss or high gloss. Then, base type of sealer (solvent or water-based) is appropriate for your project.
Penetrating Concrete Sealers do not require a concrete wax coating.
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Direct Colors residential floor wax covers approximately 1000 sq. ft. per gallon (indoor projects only).
Commercial Wax for business and high traffic areas.