Add Color and Beauty to Boring Concrete with Direct Colors Stains
Say NO to boring concrete storm shelters and YES to colors that add value to your outdoor living area! Surprisingly concrete storm shelters aren’t often made or sold in a variety of colors. The vast majority of in-ground concrete shelters are poured in gray concrete but they need not remain that way. Direct Colors offers a number of post-installation coloring options. Staining a shelter is a relatively quick, easy and simple DIY project. If you’re thinking about a patio, driveway or similar outdoor concrete project, the storm shelter is a great place to start for testing colors and mastering the acid staining or antiquing process. Here are a few suggestions for how to color gray concrete storm shelters:
1. Acid Stain or Deco Gel Acid Stain Gel are great color options for a concrete storm shelter. Acid stains offer natural, rich earth tones that will help blend the shelter in with its surroundings. Looking to make an impression? Acid stain the shelter and use deco gel gelled stain to stencil decorations to really make this otherwise unattractive object “POP!”
2. Liquid Colored Antique Concrete Stain is perfect for a more solid, understated look. Spray one of over 30 colors from a pump up deck sprayer and use a foam brush to touch up drips on the vertical surfaces. Our antiquing stain is quick and easy to apply with no additional cleaning steps prior to sealing.
3. Sealing the concrete is an important final step in the process. For a less obtrusive sealer finish, choose either the Sprayable Satin Finish or Penetrating Sealer. As the name suggests, our sprayable satin finish sealer is easily applied using a deck sprayer, provides a deep, satin gloss finish and can be used to seal any of our color products. Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer should be reapplied every 2-3 years.
Penetrating Sealer is a matte or no gloss option that need only be applied once in the life of the concrete. Because it is a penetrating sealer, it can only be used in conjunction with Acid Stain or Deco Gel Acid Stain Gel. This sealer provides a very natural look and would be the best choice to blend the concrete storm shelter in more with its surroundings.