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
  • Neutralizer
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic pump sprayer
  • Scrub brush – Medium
  • Scrub brush – Soft
  • Shop Vac
  • 3/8″ Nap Rollers (2)
How to Prepare Concrete for Staining

Concrete Overlay

Concrete Floors Before Cleaning
Concrete Floors Before Cleaning
Thin Layer of Complete White Concrete Overlay
Thin Layer of Smooth White Concrete Overlay

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.

Concrete Acid Stain Trial Kit
Concrete Acid Stain Trial Kit
Salvatore A. Leo Studio - Azure Blue acid stained art studio concrete Floors
Azure Blue acid stain, water-based satin acrylic concrete sealer and commercial wax.
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Concrete Sealer

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.

Before and After Acid Staining Concrete Floors
Before and After Acid Staining Concrete Floor - Salvatore A. Leo
Salvatore A. Leo Studio - Azure Blue Concrete Floor Design
Azure Blue acid stain, water-based satin acrylic concrete sealer and commercial wax.

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Floor Wax

Direct Colors residential floor wax covers approximately 1000 sq. ft. per gallon (indoor projects only).

Commercial Wax for business and high traffic areas.

Residential and Commercial Floor Wax
Floor Wax


An all-plastic Pump-up Sprayer is used to apply acid stain and solvent-based acrylic sealer

Acid Stain Sprayer Applicator
Acid Stain Sprayer Applicator

Acid Stain Resistant Shoes will allow you to walk on the floor while the stain is still wet and active.

Blue Acid Resistant Spiked Shoes
Acid Resistant Spiked Shoes

Concrete Floor Wax can be applied with a Floor Trim Pad or a sponge mop.

Floor Trim Pad Applicator
Floor Trim Pad Applicator

*For machine-troweled or “burned in” surfaces, use Hard-Troweled Floor Prep to prepare the floor for acid staining.

Hard Trowel Floor Preparation