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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.

CookHouse Concrete Floor Stained Azure Blue, English Red EverStain
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

1. Prepare Concrete Before Staining

CookHouse Concrete Floor
Cured concrete floor (30 days)

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

DIYer Tip: Be patient! Watch the “how to” videos featured on this website. If you have a question don’t be afraid to call or email customer service. They respond quickly, professionally and are very helpful and friendly.

2. Apply Acid Stain Colors

EverStain - CookHouse - English Red EverStain Application

I tested Everstain acid stain colors on one corner and had excellent reaction.

I sprayed on 2 quarts of English Red *diluted 1:1 using a pump-up sprayer for the first coat. I waited 4 hours, then sprayed undiluted English Red for the second coat for a marbling effect.

*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.

I sprayed a water mix of the neutralizers that came with my kit and neutralized and  rinsed thoroughly .

Safety while applying stains is very important. Remember to use long sleeves, pants, goggles and gloves while working with the acid stain.

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.

Using cardboard with ripped edges for vein technique

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

Developing Acid Stains

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

EverStain acid stained concrete floor

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.

EverStain acid stained concrete floor

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.