Creating a Faux Finish Polished Concrete Industrial Look

Jim with Mountain Smoke Concrete in Tennessee was asked by a client to give a bare concrete floor in a sun room a polished industrial concrete floor look on a very tight budget.  After some discussion with our Direct Colors decorative concrete experts, Jim decided to try the Concrete Dye because it would create the look the client desired within the client’s budget.

Time needed: 3 days.


    1. First, apply a satin finish acrylic sealer as a base coat. (Jim used a solvent-based sealant)

    2. Let sealer dry from 12-24 hours or until the acrylic sealer is no longer soft before applying the concrete dye.

    3. Combine concrete dye powder with acetone and allow the mix to sit for 30 minutes.

    4. Pour concrete dye mix into the acetone sprayer.

    5. Apply jet black concrete dye over the concrete surface in a circular motion making sure you agitate the concrete dye regularly.

    6. Then, apply the white concrete color dye in a manner that creates the shading and lighter effect of a mottled dark grey concrete floor. Acetone dries very quickly so you will see the design right away and decide if the floor design needs more black or white dye.

    7. Seal the colored concrete with the same sealer you used for the base coat.  If you used a solvent-based sealer as a base coat then you have to use a solvent-based sealer as a top coat.

    8. Finally, let top coat sealer dry for 24-48 hours and apply a concrete floor wax to protect floor from foot traffic.

Jim said the application went great and sent us these pictures. The customer was happy and Jim continues to receive many job referrals from his customer. “Easy application. Concrete Dye creates unique looking floors with coloration that can’t be replicated with acid stain.”

Thanks for sharing, Jim!

Concrete Color Design Tip:

Seal your floor first with a Tinted Concrete Sealer and apply Concrete Dye pigment color accents for a faster turnaround on indoor floors. This combination is a great option for commercial floors where time is of the essence!

Products Used by Mountain Smoke Concrete:

Before Picture

Transform Concrete Floors

After Picture: Faux Polished Concrete Floor Finish

Transform Concrete Floors
Concrete Dye Sunroom
Black Concrete Dye Color
White Concrete Dye Color
Solvent-Based, Satin Finish Acrylic Concrete Sealer
Residential and Commercial Floor Wax
Concrete Colored Tinted Sealers
Direct Colors Coverage Calculator
Faux Wood Grain Concrete Driveway