CONCRETE ACID STAIN COLOR ACTIVATION TIMES

For the best color results, check your acid stain activation times before stain application. The first and final appearance of acid stain color changes dramatically, and different colors have very different activation ranges.

As the acid stain dries and processes, a residue of alkali and minerals forms on the surface of the concrete. This is completely normal and is part of the reaction process. Each stain has different activation times to fully color the concrete, generally from 4 to 8 hours. Acid stain can be left on the surface longer if desired.

Concrete Acid Stain Color Chart

Acid Stain activation times listed below are minimum times for Direct Colors listed acid stain color. Read our Concrete Acid Stain Colors Guide

Avocado Concrete Stain Color

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Bluish Green with Brown Accents

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Azure Blue Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Light Blue

Final Appearance: Medium Blue

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Black Concrete Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Dark Brown

Final Appearance: Black

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours for Darkest Black Color

Black Concrete Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Medium to Dark Brown

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Cola Concrete Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Reddish Brown with Warm Orange Tones

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Desert Amber Concrete Stain Color

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Straw Color with Warm Orange Tones

Minimum Activation Time: 8 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

English Red Acid Stain Color

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Reddish Brown

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Malayan Buff Concrete Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Golden Tan with Warm Orange Tones

Minimum Activation Time: 8 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Sea Grass Concrete Acid Stain

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Sea Foam with Dark Brown Accents

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

Shifting Sand Concrete Stain Color

First Appearance of Color: Greenish Brown

Final Appearance: Olive Green with Reddish Brown Accents

Minimum Activation Time: 4-6 Hours

Maximum Activation Time: 12 Hours

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