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EverStain Azure Blue stained concrete floors

Explore the Beauty of Azure Blue Concrete Stain in Our Gallery

Discover the endless design possibilities of Azure Blue Concrete Stain in our project galleries. To ensure the best results, we highly recommend using a CitrusEtch concrete etcher before staining with Azure Blue. This will help the rich blue hues come through the slab. Each unique concrete slab will produce its own distinct shade of blue, and the use of products like Miracle Gro can enhance the intensity of the color. Feast your eyes on these beautiful blue projects and let them inspire your next concrete transformation.

Azure Blue Concrete Stain Brings Sophistication to Patio Remodel

In this project, we transformed a 1980s patio into a peaceful place to enjoy coffee in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The first step was to thoroughly prep and clean the floor, removing dirt, rust, paint, and drywall mud. We found that a citrus paint stripper and acetone fingernail polish remover were helpful in removing tough paint, but we would not recommend using CLR to remove rust spots as it seemed to result in a lighter color reaction in the affected areas.

Sunroom concrete floor
Sunroom concrete floor
Azure blue EverStain acid stain application
Azure blue EverStain acid stain application

To ensure the best results, we highly recommend using the CitrusEtch concrete etcher before staining with Azure Blue. This will help the rich blue hues come through the slab. We followed this up with two coats of EverStain in Azure Blue, which brought a sophisticated and calming feel to the space. To protect the finished surface, we applied AcquaSeal in satin.

Azure blue acid stained concrete floor
Sunroom floor acid stained with Azure Blue and highlighted with acrylic paint for a unique accent
Sunroom floor beautifully transformed with Azure Blue acid stain
Sunroom floor beautifully transformed with Azure Blue acid stain
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

This patio remodel took 6 days and covered approximately 175 square feet. Each unique concrete slab will produce its own distinct shade of blue, and the use of products like Miracle Gro can enhance the intensity of the color. Explore the beauty of Azure Blue Concrete Stain in our project galleries and let it inspire your next concrete transformation.

Bold and Colorful Concrete Transformation with Azure Blue Acid Stain

We are thrilled to showcase a customer’s beautiful transformation using Azure Blue Acid Stain. This porch had been covered with indoor-outdoor carpeting for 25 years and required a lot of prep work to get it ready for staining. The most difficult part was removing the mastic from the carpeting, which required renting a cement grinder to remove most of the glue. Despite our efforts, some glue remained on the floor and the customer decided to incorporate it into the design by sanding it smooth and adding pops of color with acrylic paints diluted with water.

Carpeted sunroom porch
Carpeted sunroom porch
Rented grinder being used to remove carpet glue from concrete floor in preparation for acid staining
Rented grinder being used to remove carpet glue from concrete floor in preparation for acid staining

Before staining the concrete, it was thoroughly cleaned and prepared with CitrusEtch concrete etcher and rinsed completely. Then, using a pump sprayer, Azure Blue and Seagrass EverStain™ Acid Stains were applied to the surface, with accent lines of English Red EverStain™ Acid Stain added using a squeeze bottle. To enhance the intensity of the blue color, Miracle Gro was sprinkled over the surface.

Azure Blue, Seagrass EVerStain acid stains and sprinkled Miracle Grow to intensify blue color
Azure blue and seagrass EverStain acid stain colors sprinkled with Miracle Gro to intensify blue color
Enhancing Azure Blue and Seagrass Teal hues with Miracle Gro on sunroom floor
Enhancing Azure Blue and Seagrass Teal hues on sunroom floor with Miracle Gro application

After allowing the stain to sit for 24 hours, the floor was neutralized and rinsed. To finish the project, epoxy was used to level a floor crack and embed a Canadian dollar coin into a chip in the floor. The end result was a beautifully stained and finished concrete surface.

English Red EverStain acid stain accents added to sunroom floor with squeeze bottle
English Red EverStain acid stain accents added to sunroom floor with squeeze bottle
Sunroom concrete floor stained with Azure Blue, English Red, and Seagrass EverStain acid stains, then accented with teal, black, and cream acrylic paints
Sunroom concrete floor stained with Azure Blue, English Red, and Seagrass EverStain acid stains, then accented with teal, black, and cream acrylic paints

To finish the project, they applied two coats of EasySeal™ Gloss Concrete Sealer and two coats of High Gloss ProWax Polish. This transformation took 7 days and covered approximately 300 square feet. We are so impressed with the bold and colorful results achieved with Azure Blue Acid Stain and are excited to share this customer’s project with you.

Added acrylic paints (mostly teal, black and cream colors)
Added acrylic paints (mostly teal, black and cream colors)
Sunroom concrete floor stained with Azure Blue, English Red, and Seagrass EverStain acid stains, then accented with acrylic paints
Sunroom concrete floor stained with Azure Blue, English Red, and Seagrass EverStain acid stains, then accented with acrylic paints
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ English Red
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Seagrass EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Seagrass
EasySeal Gloss
EasySeal™ Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

Transforming a Boat Storage Garage into an Ocean Oasis with Azure Blue and Shifting Sand Acid Staining

Azure Blue and Shifting Sand in garage Floor
The perfect boat storage floor
Azure Blue and Shifting Sand on garage Floor

In this garage floor transformation project, we used a combination of acid staining and Miracle-Gro to bring out the vibrant blue tones and create a truly stunning finish. The Miracle-Gro helped to enhance the color and bring out the best in the azure blue base, resulting in a floor that looks like a beautiful ocean oasis. Along with the brown accents, the final result is a floor that is both visually striking and practical for boat storage and maintenance

Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Azure Blue and Shifting Sand EverStain Acid Stained Garage Concrete Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Shifting Sand
EasySeal Gloss
EasySeal™ Gloss

Creating A One-Of-A-Kind Art Studio Floor

If you’re looking to create a unique and eye-catching floor, consider acid staining your concrete. That’s exactly what I did for my basement art studio, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
As a first-time acid stainer, I was a little intimidated by the process. But I found that Direct Colors had everything I needed to get started, from detailed how-to guides and video tutorials to a wide range of color options and personal support from their staff.

Machine Troweled Concrete Basement Floor
Use Hard-Troweled Floor Pre-Treatment to etch concrete surface
Acid Stain Application
Wet-on-wet Malayan Buff accents on two coats of Azure Blue EverStain.

I used Azure Blue as the base color and sprayed on two coats, with Malayan Buff as an accent color sprayed over the top wet on wet. After letting the two colors dry and react with the concrete for about 30 hours, I sprayed on a mixture of ammonia and water to stop the reaction. Then, I added some color veins using Azure Blue and Malayan Buff and English Red for added depth and contrast.

Neutralize Acid Stain
Neutralized after 30 hours
Art Studio Acid Stained Floors
Azure Blue base with English Red and Malayan Buff EverStain veins

Once I was happy with the overall look, I sprayed on the ammonia and water mixture again to stop the reaction and then applied an acrylic, solvent-based gloss sealer to bring the floor to life. The end result was absolutely gorgeous – even more stunning in person than I could have imagined.

Stained concrete basement floor turned into an art statement
Stained concrete basement floor turned art
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Malayan Buff
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ English Red
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

If you’re considering an acid staining project, here are a few tips I learned along the way:

  1. If you have any questions about the acid staining process, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Direct Colors.
  2. Make sure to mix the CitrusEtch floor pre-treatment with water thoroughly to ensure all the chemicals are fully dissolved.
  3. For a beautiful and unique finish, try applying the acid stain wet on wet.
  4. Have backup paint sprayers on hand, especially if you plan on adding veins to your floor. The acid stain can easily clog your sprayers, so it’s always good to have extra on hand.
  5. Before applying the acid stain, use a small, soft bristle brush to remove any chalky residue left from the neutralization. You don’t need to get every last bit, but removing as much as possible will help the stain adhere better.
  6. Take your time with the acid staining process. Let the stain react with the concrete for as long as you desire – I allowed mine to react for over 30 hours. Play around with adding water to the dry stain to see what the final colors will look like, and make any adjustments as needed.
  7. For a vibrant, glossy finish, I recommend using a solvent-based acrylic sealer. It really makes the colors pop, but be aware that it can show small scratches. To add extra protection, you could try applying a wax treatment over the sealer.
  8. If you want to create intricate veins or patterns with your acid stain, consider using small tipped plastic bottles like I did. These can be purchased at a craft store like Michael’s and make it easy to control the flow of the stain.

Upcycling an Unfinished Basement into a Laundry Room with Azure and Coffee Brown Acid Staining

This is our second DIY acid stained concrete floor project! We are happy to report that we are very pleased with the results and we’ve learned a lot from our first project. This time around, we took a few “shortcuts” by not making the same mistakes we made previously, like forgetting to wear spiked shoes during the etching process.

The project took about a week to complete, working around our regular work schedules and allowing for drying time. We had some materials left over from our first project, including a gallon of sealer, half gallon of wax, and spiked shoes, so we only had to order the acid stain, etching solution, new sprayers, and cleaner/degreaser for this project.

Cleaning the floors with a concrete cleaner and degreaser
Sweep and mop the floors with a concrete cleaner and degreaser
Applying Azure Blue EverStain on Concrete Basement Floor
Azure Blue AverStain Application

The floor in this soon-to-be finished laundry/workout area is approximately 300 sq ft and features Azure Blue and Coffee Brown EverStain acid stains. We finished the floor with AcquaSeal high gloss sealer and ProWax Polish, which we believe really makes the floor pop.

To prepare the surface, we first cleaned it thoroughly with the cleaner and degreaser. We then applied the etching solution and waited about an hour before cleaning up. The directions said to wait 20 minutes, but since our floors were machine troweled, we left it on a bit longer.

Dried Azure Blue EverStain
Dried Azure Blue EverStain
Coffee Brown Acid Stain Application
Coffee Brown EverStain Application

Next, we applied the Azure Blue stain and let it dry for about 5 hours. We decided to be sparing with the Coffee Brown stain and only used half of what we ordered. We did not dilute either color with water. The Coffee Brown stain is a very rich color and definitely the dominant one. We may use up the leftover brown stain on the storage section of our basement.

EverStain Acid Stain Colors Reacting with Concrete Floor
EverStain Acid Stain Colors Reacting with Concrete Floor
Apply water to mimic how it would look after sealer application
Apply water to mimic how it would look after sealer application

After applying the stains, we neutralized the surface with a mixture of water and baking soda, using a sponge mop to spread it. We then cleaned up the surface again with more cleaner and degreaser, rinsing with a water hose a few times before scrubbing it down. This time around, the cleaning and rinsing process only took about 6 times, as opposed to over 20+ the last time we did this.

Once the floors were thoroughly dry, we applied the first coat of sealant using a sprayer and squeegee. We pushed the sealant mostly forward to avoid leaving marks or lines. The next day, we applied a second coat of sealant. On Sunday, we finished the project by applying two coats of satin ProWax Polish.

Concrete Sealer Application
Concrete Sealer Application
A photo of a concrete floor with the first coat of concrete floor wax applied, showing a glossy and protected surface
The concrete floor after the first coat of concrete floor wax has been applied
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

We hope you found this step-by-step guide helpful and that it inspires you to tackle your own DIY acid stained concrete floor project. Remember to wear spiked shoes throughout the entire process to avoid slips, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and finishes to create a unique and personalized floor.

Extraordinary Marbled Acid Stained Floors: A DIY Success Story

The Wilcox family recently embarked on their first-ever acid staining project, using Azure Blue Acid Stain from Direct Colors to transform their concrete slab into a showpiece of their home. Despite having no prior experience, they followed the instructions carefully and were thrilled with the results. Initially, the floor was a uniform turquoise color, but as it cured, little bits of black began to appear, causing them to worry that something had gone wrong. However, as it turned out, the cause was actually the continued evaporation of water from the slab, which caused the color to change and stabilize over time into the beautiful finish seen in the project pictures.

Applying Azure Blue EverStain on Concrete Floor
Marbled Blue Acid Stain Floor

The Wilcox family recently embarked on their first-ever acid staining project, The Wilcox family’s experience highlights the unique and unpredictable nature of acid staining, which can produce marbled and patinated effects that are difficult to replicate. While it is possible to create similar looks using techniques like applying water to the surface after staining, it is important to keep in mind that the final outcome is always difficult to predict. If you’re interested in trying your hand at acid staining, we recommend starting with a small test area and experimenting to get a sense of the process before tackling a larger project

Azure Blue Acid Stain Floor
Blue Marbled Acid Stain Floor
Direct Colors Azure Blue acid stain, water-based stain, acrylic sealer and commercial floor wax
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Breathing New Life into a Concrete Bathroom Floor with Azure Blue Acid Staining

This bathroom renovation project involved the application of Azure Blue acid staining to the concrete floor in order to update its appearance. The blue tones created by the acid staining process add a touch of color to the space and help to give the bathroom a more modern look. While the acid staining technique is known for its durability and ease of maintenance, it’s important to keep in mind that the final result may vary and may not always be as striking as desired. Regardless, this project has helped to give the bathroom a refreshed and updated appearance

Unfinished concrete bathroom floor
Stained Concrete Bathroom Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Updating a 1950s Concrete Basement Floor with Azure Blue Acid Staining

Acid Stained Blue Basement Floor
Azure blue application
Stained concrete basement floor with Azure Blue EverStain acid stain
After sealing and waxing

In this basement renovation project, one person tackled the task of updating the concrete floor, which had been poured in the 1950s. The project took three days to complete and covered an estimated 400 square feet of space across two rooms. The goal was to give the floor a fresh and modern look using Azure Blue acid staining from Direct Colors, as well as Simple Green cleaner to prepare the surface. One tip learned during the project was the importance of using a hard trowel surface prep to ensure better absorption of the stain, as the concrete in this case was not porous enough and resulted in a very light blue finish. Despite this challenge, the project was a success in giving the basement a more updated and refreshed appearance.”

Very smooth hard troweled concrete floor
Very smooth hard troweled concrete floor
Stained concrete basement floor with Azure Blue EverStain acid stain
After
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

Guest Room Goes from Drab to Fab with Acid Stained Floors

We recently completed a DIY guest room floor makeover using acid staining, and we’re thrilled with the final result. The project took about 14 days to complete and covered an area of approximately 200 square feet.

Clean and ready for acid stain application
Clean and ready for acid stain application
blending azure blue and shifting sand
Blending azure blue and shifting sand

After removing the carpet and painting the walls, we used Azure Blue, Shifting Sands, and Desert Amber acid stains to transform the concrete floor. We blended the Azure Blue and Shifting Sands for a multi-colored brown effect that ended up being even better than we had hoped.

using a spray bottle for acid staining
spraying azure blue
Diffusing acid stains on concrete floor
Diffusing azure blue, desert amber and shifting sand by alternating spray bottle colors

To have more control over the design, we used spray bottles for the entire process. My husband handled all of the carpet removal and cleaning, which was a crucial step in preparing the floor for the acid staining.

Blending in acid stains
Allow the acid stains to work
Allow the acid stains to work

One tip we learned during the process is the importance of watching the video tutorials and being patient in your steps to achieve the best results. Acid staining requires a bit of trial and error, so it helps to have a good understanding of the process and the tools you’ll need. We also recommend testing a small spot with a trial kit to make sure you like the colors before starting the full project.

Neutralize and clean acid stain residue
Neutralize and clean acid stain residue
Azure blue, desert, amber and shifting sand EverStain acid stained concrete floors
Azure blue, desert amber and shifting sand EverStain acid stained concrete floors

Overall, acid staining is a fun and affordable way to transform a space and add some character to your home. We highly recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a unique flooring solution. Thanks to Direct Colors for the great products and customer support!

Transforming a Concrete Slab into a Fun and Beautiful Hangout Space with Acid Staining

In this DIY project, the homeowner set out to transform a fresh concrete slab into a vibrant and eye-catching floor for a new pool hall and gym game room. Measuring 20×30 feet, the slab was left to cure for 30 days before being treated with acid staining. The goal was to create a floor that was easy to clean, waterproof, and didn’t require the addition of flooring or carpeting.

To achieve the desired result, the homeowner used a variety of products from Direct Colors, including CitrusEtch, Azure Blue, Cola, Desert Amber Acid Stain, and EasySeal, as well as sprayer pumps and spike shoes. In addition to these, the homeowner also utilized a soft brush, squeegee, water hose sprayer, and hand bottle sprayer.

There were a few challenges along the way, including issues with faulty sprayers and staining during the hottest part of the day, which resulted in the stain drying too quickly to work with. The homeowner also learned the importance of properly preparing the concrete by cleaning and etching it, as well as watering down some of the darker acids and applying multiple coats of sealer to bring out the vibrancy of the colors. Despite these challenges, the final result was a fun and beautiful hangout space that the homeowner was thrilled with.

acid stain barndominium floors
acid stain barndominium floors

If you’re considering an acid staining project of your own, it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared for any challenges that may arise. Be sure to test your equipment before using it, avoid staining during the hottest part of the day, and take the time to properly prepare your concrete. With careful planning and attention to detail, you too can achieve stunning results like this one.

Layered acid stain barndominium floors
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain™ Desert Amber
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Transforming a Barndominium into an Office with Wet-on-Dry Acid Staining

In this home renovation project, our customer transformed a barndominium into an office space by staining the concrete floors using the wet-on-dry method of acid stain layering. The colors chosen for this project were azure blue as a base and coffee brown, which were applied to create a unique marbled effect.

Acid stained barndominium office concrete floor
Azure Blue and Coffee EverStain on Commercial Concrete Floor
Coffee Brown and Azure Blue Acid Stained Floor
Coffee Brown and Azure Blue Acid EverStain acid stains
Acid stained barndominium office concrete floor
EverStain Azure Blue base color and Coffee Brown wet on dry acid staining technique
Acid stained barndominium office concrete floor
Acid stained barndominium office concrete floor
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Guest House Floor Upgrade: Acid Staining Brings Color and Character to Concrete

It was time for a special floor in our gameroom/guesthouse, and we wanted something different with a pop of color. After some research, we decided to try the veining technique using toilet paper and adding Miracle Gro to Azure Blue for a brighter color.

Two coats of concrete floor wax all done and fully cured.
Two coats of concrete floor wax all done and fully cured.
Spraying citrus etch residue into one area to be shop vacuumed up, after thoroughly neutralized and scrubbed
Spraying citrus etch residue into one area to be shop vacuumed up, after thoroughly neutralized and scrubbed
Application of azure blue "veins" with miracle grow to bring out blue intensity!
Application of azure blue "veins" with miracle grow to bring out blue intensity!

We followed the how-to videos and guides on the site and made sure to fully neutralize the Citrus etch and scrub it off our tools. To make the cleanup process easier, we followed a helpful tip and scrubbed the CitrusEtch into one area before vacuuming it up. This minimized the amount of mopping we needed to do.

Blending in the cola against the azure blue veins
Blending in the cola against the azure blue veins
Applying first coat of sealer.
Applying first coat of sealer.

The project was completed in just four days and covered an estimated 1250 square feet. In addition to the veining technique and Azure Blue, we also used an orbital polisher with scrubbing pads, mops, and plastic for the walls.

1st coat of sealer all done.
1st coat of sealer all done.
2nd coat of sealer done
2nd coat of sealer done

Our personal tip for anyone tackling a similar project is to have fun with it and don’t stress too much. Mistakes can always be fixed, so be creative and enjoy the process.

Sunroom Update: A DIY Project Featuring Acid Staining”

In this home renovation project, our customer set out to transform their sunroom by removing the old carpet, sanding and cleaning the concrete floor, and applying acid staining. The project took four days to complete and covered an estimated 104 square feet of space.

To prepare the floor, our customer first removed the carpet and glue, then sanded and cleaned the surface well using a degreaser. They then applied the acid using sprayers, leaving it to sit overnight and neutralizing it the following day. After allowing the floor to dry for 24 hours, they applied the first coat of sealant and let it sit for another 24 hours before applying a second coat. Finally, they painted the walls, replaced the baseboards, and returned the furniture to the room.

Concrete Floor Sunroom - Before
before
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain on Concrete Floor
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain on Concrete Floor

One tip from our customer was to cover the walls with plastic if using sprayers, as the acid can get all over the walls no matter how careful you are. In the end, our customer was pleased with the final result of this project, which transformed their sunroom into a bright and welcoming space with a beautiful and durable acid-stained floor.

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Cola
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

DIY Acid Staining: How I Transformed My Office’s Floors on a Tight Budget and Timeline

As the operations manager and project estimator at Valtex, LLC, a subcontractor specializing in full shell construction, I recently had the opportunity to take on a new project: the flooring for our company’s headquarters office. In an effort to save costs, I proposed leaving the slab raw and staining it. While the idea was well received, I found that quotes for the project were almost as expensive as other flooring options. That’s when I discovered Direct Colors and the possibility of doing the project myself.

Commercial Concrete Floor
Before
Cleaning concrete surface
Cleaning concrete surface

At just $0.50 per square foot, it was a no-brainer. The only catch? The project covered approximately 3,500 square feet and I had never worked with acid stain before. To make matters more challenging, I only had 3 days to complete the project from start to finish. Despite my lack of experience, I was able to complete the project thanks to the wealth of resources on the Direct Colors website, including videos, testimonials, and helpful customer service.

Applying EverStain Azure Blue Base Color
EverStain azure blue base color
Black Acid Stain Veining Technique
Black EverStain acid stained veined highlights over dry azure blue base color

The process was straightforward, and all of the products worked as described. My biggest tip for anyone considering a similar project is to prepare as much as possible before you start. This includes digging into all of the resources on the website, giving yourself plenty of time based on the size of your project, and being patient. Prep work is key, and it’s important to take your time to ensure a high-quality end result.

Sealing Acid Stained Commercial Floor
EasySeal application
Black, Azure Blue Acid Stained Commercial Concrete Floor
Azure Blue & Black EverStain on commercial concrete floor
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Black Acid Stain Concrete Color
EverStain™ Black
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Other tips I learned along the way include wearing spiked shoes or cleats to avoid footprints, using paper rather than plastic to mask off areas where you don’t want stain, wearing a mask or respirator in low-ventilated areas, applying light colors first, and checking the activation time for your specific colors. I also recommend pouring water on a test spot after applying the acid to check the progress of the activation.

Overall, I had a great experience with Direct Colors and I’m actually considering starting a sub-company doing acid staining. The process was enjoyable and the end result is stunning. If you’re considering a similar project, don’t hesitate to give Direct Colors a try. Your masterpiece is just an order away!

Animal Hospital Floor Makeover with Azure Blue and Malayan Buff Acid Stains

See the transformation of this animal hospital’s concrete floor with the use of Azure Blue and Malayan Buff acid stains. The once dull and uninviting space is now bright and welcoming, perfectly suited for the furry patients that visit.

animal hospital stained concrete floors
acid stained floors kennel Malayan Buff & Azure Blue
Animal Hospital Floor Stained with Malayan Buff & Azure Blue Acid Stains. Sealed with Polyurethane Sealer
Acid Stained animal hospital concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue Acid Stained Floors Sealed with Acrylic Satin Finish Sealer
animal hospital stained concrete floors
Azure Blue and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stained wet on wet technique
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Malayan Buff
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Gym Transformation with Acid Staining

We recently completed a four-day project to transform an original house into a gym, using acid staining to give the space a unique and vibrant look. The project covered approximately 1,200 square feet and was a great opportunity to experiment with different color combinations.

We started by using Azure Blue for the veins, then filled in the gaps with Malayan Buff and accented with Coffee Brown. The veining technique allowed us to create a subtle but impactful design, adding depth and character to the floor.

Filling in the spaces with EverStain Malayan Buff acid stain color
Filling in the spaces with EverStain Malayan Buff acid stain color
Acid staining acid staining technique
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue EverStain acid stains

However, we learned a few important tips along the way that we’d like to share. First and foremost, take your time and blend your colors slowly. If you find that your Coffee Brown is too heavy, you can always come back and blend a second color choice on the edges with the sprayer close to the ground. This will help you achieve a more balanced and cohesive look.

Coffee Brown acid stain accents
Coffee Brown acid stain accents using wet on dry acid staining technique
Sealed acid stained concrete floor
Sealed

It’s also important to avoid overpumping too much pressure and to keep the sprayer close to the ground to prevent splatters. This will help you achieve a smoother and more even application.

Overall, we’re thrilled with the end result of this gym transformation. The acid staining gave the space a modern and inviting look, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks to Direct Colors for the great products and guidance throughout the process. If you’re considering a similar project, we highly recommend giving acid staining a try – it’s a simple and effective way to add character and interest to your space

Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Updating a Restaurant Floor with Acid Staining

In this restaurant renovation project, our customer set out to update the existing floor by covering it with a cement overpayment and dividing it into sections. The project took seven days to complete and covered an estimated 3,000 square feet of space, with an additional eight days spent on the project overall.

One tip from our customer was that they found it necessary to use twice as much of the blue acid stain in order to achieve the desired effect because they did not etch the concrete floor.  It’s worth noting that etching the concrete can help the acid stain to absorb more deeply and create a more vibrant finish.

Faded Concrete Floor
Before
Acid Stained Restaurant Concrete Floor
After
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Black Acid Stain Concrete Color
EverStain™ Black
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Cola

Consider the Patina Effect: Using Azure Blue Acid Stain for Outdoor Concrete Surfaces

It is important to note that when using azure blue acid stain on concrete surfaces, the patina effect may occur due to the presence of copper in the stain. This natural process can add character and depth to the finished surface, but it is something to be aware of and consider when choosing a concrete stain for outdoor projects. It is always a good idea to test a small area before committing to a full project, as the patina effect may not be desired in all cases.

Revamping a Back Patio with Acid Staining: Combining Malayan Buff, Coffee Brown, Azure Blue, and Avocado for a Unique Finish

We recently completed a sunroom transformation that took just 7 days to complete. The space was an enclosed back patio sunroom, measuring approximately 350 square feet. When we first started the project, the slab was dirty and had not been sealed. We knew that power washing would be the first step in preparing the surface for the new treatment.

After the power washing was complete, we decided to use a wet on wet technique with Malayan buff, Coffee Brown, Azure blue, and Avocado acid stains. This gave the sunroom a vibrant and unique look, adding depth and character to the space.

Concrete Sunroom Floor
Before
Acid Stain Application on Sunroom Concrete Floor
During Application

One tip we learned during the process was the importance of using the right tools. We started with small spray bottles for the acid stains, but found it difficult to achieve the desired coverage. For future projects of this size, we will definitely invest in a pump sprayer to make the process easier. We also found that pouring the acid and spreading it with a broom worked better than using the spray bottles. For the sealant, we used a pump sprayer which made the application much smoother.

Overall, we are thrilled with the end result of this sunroom makeover. It’s hard to believe that such a dramatic transformation could be achieved in just 7 days! If you’re considering a similar project, we highly recommend giving acid staining a try. It’s a simple and effective way to completely transform the look of a space.

Acid Stained Concrete Sunroom Floor
Rinsing Acid Stain Residue
Acid Stained Sunroom Concrete Floor
Avocado, Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Coffee Brown EverStain
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
Avocado EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Avocado
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin

Cooking Up a Storm: A Guide to Creating a Marbled Concrete Cookhouse Floor with EverStain Acid Stain

CookHouse Concrete Floor
Cured concrete floor (30 days)
Developing Acid Stains
During

In this outdoor home renovation project, our customer built a cookhouse in their backyard and used acid staining to transform the concrete floor into a beautiful, marbled surface. After waiting 60 days for the fiber reinforced concrete to cure, they washed the floor with a mild etching solution and let it dry overnight. They then applied two coats of English Red acid stain, with the second coat applied undiluted to create a marbling effect. They let the stain dry for six hours, then neutralized and rinsed it before applying a coat of Azure Blue acid stain using a spray bottle. They added a touch of Miracle Gro powder to a small amount of the Azure Blue to create a deeper blue color, which they used to add veining and deepen certain areas of the floor. After letting the floor dry for another six hours, they applied a neutralizing solution and rinsed it again before applying two coats of EasySeal sealer.

EverStain - CookHouse - English Red EverStain Application
English red acid stain application
CookHouse Concrete Floor Stained Azure Blue, English Red EverStain
After

Our customer had several tips to share based on their experience with this project. They recommended following the directions closely and not skipping any steps, as well as allowing sufficient drying time between steps to ensure a good reaction. They also suggested using undiluted acid for the second coat when trying to achieve a marbling effect, and emphasized the importance of neutralizing and thoroughly rinsing the floor before applying sealer. They also recommended rolling on the sealer in opposite directions for each coat to ensure even coverage. Finally, they noted the importance of protecting the floor from direct sunlight during the acid staining process to prevent premature drying.

EverStain acid stained concrete floor
Azure Blue & English Red EverStain on Cookhouse Concrete Floor
EverStain acid stained concrete floor
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Cola
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

A Unique and Creative Concrete Staining Project in 3 Days

(Note: Azure Blue EverStain will patina on exterior concrete surfaces)

I wanted to add something unique and creative to my freshly poured 12’x24′ concrete slab for a future backyard screen enclosure, so I turned to Direct Colors Acid Staining. All of my neighbors had boring patio pavers, and I wanted something different.

EEnclosed patio stained using the flowing water-color acid stain veining technique
Enclosed patio stained using the flowing water-color acid stain veining technique

I spent some time watching the videos provided by Direct Colors and received helpful tips from Samantha and Heather, the sales reps at DC. They recommended applying Miracle Gro blue granules to give a “pop” to my lakes and river and laying out my design with strands of toilet paper.

The project took just three days to complete and covered an estimated 280 square feet. I used three separate combo kits of Ever Stain and High Gloss Sheen, as well as one gallon of Azure Blue and High Gloss Sheen, one gallon of English Red and High Gloss Sheen, and one gallon of Black and High Gloss Sheen, plus 3 oz of non-grip powder.

Flowing water-color vein concrete veining technique acid stain with Azure Blue acid stain and Miracle-Gro
Azure blue mixed with MiracleGro, english red and black EverStain acid stain application
Beautiful concrete veining technique design on enclosed patio stained with black, english red and azure blue Everstain enhanced with Miracle Gro
Enclosed patio stained with black, english red and azure blue Everstain enhanced with Miracle Gro

My personal tip for anyone tackling a similar project is to take the time to watch the videos and follow the advice of the experts at Direct Colors. Their products and guidance made for a smooth and successful staining process.

Concrete Transformation: Adding Color and Style to Our Patio and Porch

(Note: Azure Blue EverStain will patina on exterior concrete surfaces)

In this three-day project, we stained both our back patio and front porch. Our house is a new construction, built less than two years ago, and the concrete had not been sealed. During the curing process, concrete blankets were used which left some marks on the surface that we wanted to cover up.

Wet-on-wet technique with Malayan Buff and Azure
Wet-on-wet technique with Malayan Buff and Azure

One tip we have is to use a sprayer with a plastic nozzle, as acid can react with metal. It’s also important to cover any rocks in your landscape as they may contain lime and could get stained. Plastic won’t stain, but be sure to wipe it off right away for easier cleanup. Keep a bucket close to your sprayer to place the nozzle in when you’re not using it, as the nozzle tends to drip or spray after you release the trigger. Trust the process, even if the concrete looks patchy and dull at first. You can still scrub off the finish with a broom and a baking soda water mixture at this point. Then, let it dry for a day before sealing.

Unfinished concrete patio
Before
we used a wet-on-wet technique with Malayan Buff and Azure
we used a wet-on-wet technique with Malayan Buff and Azure

For the patio, we used a wet-on-wet technique with Malayan Buff and Azure from Direct Colors. On the porch, we used Malayan Buff and slightly diluted Cola, applied wet-on-dry and spread out with a broom for a mottled look. We neutralized both surfaces after about 22 hours, washed them, and let them dry for a day before sealing.

We used Direct Colors’ Malayan Buff, Azure, and Cola for the staining and a high gloss, wet look sealer from Foundation Armor for the final step. The result was a beautiful and durable finish on both our patio and porch.

Adding Color and Character to a Concrete Porch

(Note: Azure Blue EverStain will patina on exterior concrete surfaces)

In this three-day project, we transformed the look of our concrete porch by adding color and character with acid staining. The porch is about five years old and we had an extension poured in May.

Concrete Patio
Azure Blue EverStain
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain Application on Concrete Floor
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain Application on Concrete Floor

In this three-day project, we transformed the look of our concrete porch by adding color and character with acid staining. The porch is about five years old and we had an extension poured in May.

Azure Blue & Cola EverStain on Concrete Patio Floor
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain on Concrete Patio Floor
Azure Blue & Coffee Brown EverStain on Concrete Patio
Azure Blue & Cola EverStain on Concrete Patio Floor

The project covered an estimated 400 square feet and the result was a beautiful and unique finish on our porch. The acid staining process added both color and character to the concrete surface, giving it a new lease on life.

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Cola
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Adding Style to an Outdoor Kitchen and Fire Pit Area with Acid Staining

(Note: Azure Blue EverStain will patina on exterior concrete surfaces)

In this four-day project, we wanted to add some style and character to the outdoor kitchen and fire pit area we were building. We decided to try the veining technique with Azure Blue and Coffee Brown, using a wet-on-wet method and filling in the spaces between the veins with Cola.

Our personal tip for anyone tackling a similar project is to follow the directions closely and order more sealer than you think you’ll need. It’s always better to have a little extra on hand in case of any unforeseen issues or mistakes.

The project covered an estimated 500 square feet and we used Azure Blue, Coffee, and Cola from Direct Colors, as well as a solvent-based sealer. The result was a beautiful and unique finish that added style and character to our outdoor kitchen and fire pit area.

Concrete Patio
Before
Concrete veining technique on outdoor kitchen floors
Concrete veining technique on outdoor kitchen floors using Azure Blue, Coffee and Cola acid stain colors
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Cola
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

How Concrete Veining Can Add Character to Poured Concrete

Poured concrete barndominium floor
Poured concrete barndominium floor
Acid stains applied using a concrete veining technique
Acid stains applied using a concrete veining technique

Concrete veining is a unique technique that uses concrete acid stain to create a marbled effect and vibrant colors on concrete surfaces. It’s a great way to add character and interest to poured concrete.

Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stained veins
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stained veins

This DIYer gave their poured concrete a touch of concrete veining and the result is truly striking. It really adds a lot of character and personality to the surface. If you’re looking to add some visual interest to your concrete, consider giving concrete veining a try. It’s a fun and creative way to transform a plain concrete surface into something special.

Acid stain vein effect on barndominium concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stain veins
Concrete veining technique on barndominium poured concrete floors
Concrete veining technique on barndominium poured concrete floors
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Malayan Buff
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
Azure Blue Concrete Basement Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
Blue Acid Stained Dining Room Concrete Floors
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain™ Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal™ Gloss
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin