Cookhouse Concrete Floor Staining
By Scott Orr
September 2021 – $250 Cash Winner
Turn your cookhouse concrete floors into a work of art with concrete acid stains. Acid staining is do-it-yourself staining project that provides a reliable, high impact flooring choice that won’t break the bank.
1. Prepare Concrete Before Staining
I had fiberglass reinforced concrete poured for a back yard cookhouse. Waited 60 days for concrete to cure before acid staining.
I washed the concrete with a concrete cleaner that contained a mild etcher. The concrete was very clean to start with so it was a pretty easy process.
For detailed instructions on concrete surface preparation click here
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2. Apply Acid Stain Colors
*DIYer Tip: If you want a marbling effect, use a lighter color for the first coat instead of cutting with water. You will get a better reaction with undiluted acid. This is the only thing I wished I had done differently
I let the acid stains dry for 6 hours. Temperature was in the mid 80s to low 90s so drying time was fast and reaction had ceased.
After the base staining was complete, I used a small spray battle to apply 2/3 qt of undiluted Azure Blue. I used a piece of cardboard with ripped edges as a guide when applying the blue attempting to obtain a vein effect. With remaining 1/3 qt of Azure Blue, I mixed one tablespoon of Miracle Grow powder and obtained a much deeper blue mixture.
Then I used a small hand sprayer to spritz and gently pour Miracle Grow mix on some of the veining to bring out some deeper blues.
Then I used the remaining English Red and hit a few spots that were lighter than desired to darken those areas
DIYer Tip: Due to it being hot herein Texas and my project outside, I hung tarps to keep sun from hitting concrete after applying the acid stain so drying would not hastened and a good reaction would have time to occur.
Do not apply acid stain to hot concrete as the liquid won’t have time to soak in due to evaporation and will leave a lot of powdery residue which is wasted product
3. Apply Concrete Sealant
I waited 24 hours of drying time on the first coat of Solvent-Based Acrylic Satin Concrete Sealer
I applied the second coat of sealer the next day and stayed off the concrete for a few days.
Pro Tip: If rolling sealer, roll first coat in one direction and the second coat in the other direction. For example east – west then north – south to get even more coverage. I always roll on sealer to obtain good coverage.