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Malayan Buff Concrete Stain Gallery

Discover Malayan Buff concrete stain projects and uncover your potential with Direct Colors premium products, DIY guides & how to content. Browse today, begin tomorrow!

Note: All project images on our website have been provided by actual customers using EverStain Acid Stains.

Use our project photos for inspiration as results will vary. Always test a small area before you embark on a full project to make sure your slab develops in the desired manner.

Rustic Farmhouse Barndominium Floors

What a charming farmhouse aesthetic this DC customer has created for their barndo! Earthy browns and amber acid stain really make this living space look homier. From bathroom floors to kitchen floors, it’s a look that works throughout the whole house.

Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Malayan Buff, Desert Amber, Coffee Brown EveStain Acid Stains with AcquaSeal Satin Sealer
Pole Barn Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Malayan Buff, Desert Amber, Coffee Brown EveSrain Acid Stains with AcquaSeal Satin Acrylic Sealer
Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Mottled Malayan Buff, Desert Amber, Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Wet-on-Wet Layered Malayan Buff, Desert Amber, Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stained Concrete Floors
Acid Stained Concrete Countertop and Floors
Malayan Buff, Desert Amber, Coffee Brown EveStain Acid Stained Floors and Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stained Bathroom Vanity
Rustic Farmhouse Style Bathroom Vanity
Coffee Brown EverStained Acid Stained Bathroom Countertop
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

Just Malayan Buff

Concrete Floor
Before
Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Sealed Malayan Buff EverStain
Malayan Buff EverStain After Floor Wax
Malayan Buff EverStain After Floor Wax
Malayan Buff EverStain After Floor Wax
Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stained Floor After Floor Wax

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 26 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 600 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    New floor for our home. Brand new concrete pour. Waited 30 days for cure and then applied the stain. Determined we needed a bit more color so ordered more stain. Applied the color, then the sealer and finally the wax.

Personal Tips:
In our experience, the neutralizing scrub and rinse took several hours to complete. People need to be aware this is a significant part of the process.

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

So Much Car Storage

Wow. 3000 square feet of acid stained floors! This roomy space will be used for old, restored cars. A great backdrop to go with classic cars!

Etching concrete floor
Preparing concrete floors for acid stain with Citrus Etch concrete etcher
Acid stain application
Cola, desert amber and malayan buff EverStain acid stains applied wet-on-wet
Neutralized acid stains
Neutralized acid stains
Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain on Garage Floor
Cola, desert amber & malayan buff EverStain and EasySeal satin sealer

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 7 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 3000 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    Transformed this beautiful 3000 sq ft garage for our customer to put his restored old cars

Personal Tips:
Make sure you prep surface correctly and make sure you follow drying times

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Lake House Floors

Concrete Floor
Before
Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Black, Malayan Buff, Seagrass EverStain on Basement Floor
Concrete Floor
Before
Black, Malayan Buff, Seagrass EverStain on Basement Floor
Black, Malayan Buff, Seagrass EverStain on Basement Floor

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 5 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 300 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    I stained a basement floor of our newly constructed lake house. The concrete was finished with a smooth service but, nothing beyond that. I used Malayan Buff, Black and Sea Grass to create a marbled effect with a high gloss acrylic sealer. I took my time and allowed a lot of drying time between layers of sealer which is why it took 5 days. I absolutely love the end results! As a matter of fact I already have my next project planned (outdoor concrete slab patio).I love the process and am thinking of ways to use the product beyond the customary floor treatments! I’m thinking concrete statutes, figurines, stepping stones, etc. The possibilities are endless!
  • Personal Tips:
    I used a lot of water to blend the three colors to make them look seamless. I used tank sprayers for the stain and had one just for water. I’d spray the stain. Then ‘feather’ any lines with water. When I applied the next color I would use the water to blend the two stains.Knowing the results were unpredictable depending on type of concrete, finish, etc. made me a little nervous to begin with. Once I started the motions just seemed to flow. Again, I absolutely love the results!
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Concrete Acid Stain in Malayan Buff, Black and Seagrass. Acrylic sealer in high gloss.

Other Products Used:
Roller pad (paint roller) with a long broom type handle, acid appropriate sprayers, Scotch brand tape/plastic around baseboard & up part of wall, mop and mop bucket and Cat Track shoe covers (spiked).

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Seagrass EverStain Swatch
EverStain Seagrass
Black Acid Stain Concrete Color
EverStain Black
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Layering Concrete Stain Colors

Carpeted Floor - Before
Carpet Over Concrete Floor
Removing Carpet
After removing carpet
During Acid Stain Application
During Acid Stain Application
Malayan Buff, Cola, Seagrass Acid Stains and Water-Based, AcquaSealer. Waxed
Malayan Buff, Cola, Seagrass Acid Stains and Water-Based, AcquaSealer. Satin Floor Wax
Acid stained concrete floor
Malayan Buff, Cola, Seagrass Acid Stains and Water-Based, AcquaSealer. Satin Floor Wax
During Acid Stain Application
During Acid Stain Application
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Game Room

Malayan Buff EverStain Application
Malayan Buff EverStain Application
Coffee Brown and Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Basement Floor
Coffee Brown and Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Basement Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

My Personal Chef

concrete commercial kitchen floor
Before
EverStain - Kitchen - Malayan Buff - After
Malayan Buff EverStain on Commercial Kitchen Concrete Floor

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 5 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 575 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    I used your acid stain for my commercial kitchen for my personal chef service. We have a newly constructed building with a concrete slab. We had the concrete ground down professionally first and then wanted to add color. We chose Direct Colors DIY acid stain with sealer. The process went smoothly and didn’t take long. The product was also reasonably priced. Shane was a great help in explaining what to purchase and how to apply each item. We love the final outcome and so glad we went this route with Direct Colors DIY acid stain and sealer!
  • Personal Tips:
    1. Invest in multiple sprayers to avoid having to clean out the sprayer and save time.
    2. Use respirator with appropriate filters. The smell is extremely strong.
    3. Spiked shoes work great too.
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Instant Room Brightener

Can you see the difference with the sun shining on the concrete floor in this space? The two different colors of acid stain give it great depth, and also make the room look warmer.

Concrete Basement Floor
Before
Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Cola & Malayan Buff EverStain
Cola & Malayan Buff EverStain Concrete Stained Floor
Cola & Malayan Buff EverStain
Cola & Malayan Buff EverStain
Cola & Malayan Buff EverStain

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 3 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 304 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    This is an addition on a cabin.
  • Personal Tips:
    I used a water based sealer for the first time. I was trying to keep the odor down as this is an interior room.
    The solvent works much better in my opinion.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    I used the direct colors acid stain in cola and Malayan buff.

Other Products Used:
I use ammonia and water to stop the acid process. It cleans up easier than baking soda.

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin

Stunning Stained Outdoor Space

Concrete Fire Pit
Before
Concrete patio stained with Black, Malayan Buff and SeaGrass EverStain acid stains
Concrete patio stained with Black, Malayan Buff and SeaGrass EverStain acid stains
Allowing Seagrass, Malayan Buff and Black acid stain colors to react
Allowing Seagrass, Malayan Buff and Black acid stain colors to react
Acid Stained Concrete Patio Floor
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Seagrass EverStain Swatch
EverStain Seagrass
Black Acid Stain Concrete Color
EverStain Black
EasySeal Gloss
EasySeal™ Gloss

Unique Extended Driveway Design

Not wanting to have a traditional driveway extension like their neighbors, our customers chose acid stain and acrylic sealer. The extension actually sat unstained for about a year after installation before they decided to stain it! Finally, they were able to achieve the neutral look that they were aiming for with two acid stain colors.

Second Coat of Coffee Brown
Second Coat of Coffee Brown
Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stained Driveway
Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stained Driveway
Concrete Driveway Design
Before
Malayan Buff with Coffee Brown Accents
Malayan Buff with Coffee Brown Accents

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    My husband designed and installed a full concrete extension to the driveway because we did not want to go the traditional paver extension route that many of our neighbors do. It sat in its finished but unstained state for over a year before we finally decided to stain it! We knew we wanted a neutral look that wouldn’t argue with the exterior colors of the house, but that also wouldn’t clash with the cool-toned “blue” of the driveway pavers.
    After two rounds of trial kits to find the best color for our project, we originally decided that we would want to lay an all-over stain of Malayan Buff, with accents of Coffee Brown. Once things began to dry, however, we thought it needed to be darker. So we went through with another (heavier) coat of Coffee Brown to achieve the look we were hoping for!
    Finally after a few days of coating and dry time, we were able to seal and use!
  • Personal Tips:
    1. Definitely take the time and money to invest in a trial kit. You will want to see the colors in person and in their final state, and how the colors will compliment the surroundings.
    2. When using a pump-deck sprayer, be sure to begin each spray/trigger-pull off your project to avoid splatter marks. And use small circular motions to help diffuse any areas that appear too concentrated as you are applying.
    3. Use a two-man team if you can! Depending on your project, or look, it will be a lot easier to have one person laying down the base color while the second person is following with an accent color.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    1 Gal. Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stain x 2
    1 Gal. Coffee Brown EverStain Acid Stain x 1
    1 Qt. Cleaner & Degreaser Concentrate x 1
    1 Gal. Solvent Based Acrylic Satin Concrete Sealer and Paver Sealer x 4
    Scrub Brush x 1
    Pump-up deck sprayer x 2

Other Products Used:
Gloves
Respirator mask
Eye protection

Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Malayan Back Porch

 

Concrete Patio Floor
Before
EverStain stained Patio with Malayan Buff
Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Patio
Acid Stain Application
During
Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Patio
Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Patio

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 3 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 350 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    We stained our back porch area with malayan buff stain
  • Personal Tips:
    Don’t be afraid to spray generously and it is such an easy process!
    The solvent works much better in my opinion.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    We got the malayan buff acid stain kit
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Before Staining Concrete Floor - Brushed Concrete Driveway
Before
Malayan Buff + Coffee Brown Stained Concrete Floor - Brushed Concrete Driveway
Coffee Brown & Malayan Buff EVerStain on Brushed Concrete Patio
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Acid Stain Outdoor Concrete Floor
Malayan Buff Acid Stain and Penetrating Concrete Sealer
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Acid Stained Concrete Patio
Patio Stained with Malayan Buff Acid Stain
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Poured Concrete Slab
Before
acid stained concrete patio
Desert Amber, Malayan Buff, Coffee Brown, Cola, English Red Acid Stains
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

The More Acid Stain Colors, The Merrier

This customer spruced up their indoor porch with four different acid stain colors. What a brilliant combo! Although the porch view before was a great one, this really leveled up the space.

Concrete Sunroom Floor
Before
Acid Stained Concrete Sunroom Floor
Avocado, Azure Blue, Coffee Brown & Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stains
Acid Stain Application on Sunroom Concrete Floor
During Application
Acid Stained Concrete Sunroom Floor
Rinsing Acid Stain Residue

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 7 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 350 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    Enclosed back patio. Slab was dirty and was not sealed. Had to power wash first. Started with Malayan buff and decided to add coffee brown, Azure blue and avocado.
  • Personal Tips:
    I started with small spray bottles which was difficult. Moved to pouring the acid and spreading with a broom. I used a pump sprayer for the sealant.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Malayan buff, coffee, Azure blue, and avocado.

Other Products Used:
Face mask, eye protection, gloves, protective shoes, broom, bottle sprayers, pump sprayer.

Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss

Patio Makeover

Whoa. This default gray patio floor transformed into an acid stain dream! The shifting sand, azure blue and malayan buff stain add depth and visual focus to the space.

Concrete Patio
Before
Stained Concrete Patio
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint on Concrete Patio
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint on Concrete Patio
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint on Concrete Patio
    • Project Completed In: 14 day(s)
    • Estimate of Square Footage: 568 sq. ft.
    • Project Description:
      New construction pool house.
    • Personal Tips:
      Go for it!! I was so nervous but it’s really a fun project once you get started. The videos on the website are very informative.
    • Direct Colors Products Used:
      Azure Blue, Malayan Buff, Shifting Sand, Light Charcoal EasyTint with regular sealer.

    Other Products Used:
    Miracle grow and a touch of glitter

Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasyTint Light Charcoal
EasyTint Light Charcoal

Pizza Parlor

Concrete dye and acid stain brought even more personality to this pizza parlor’s concrete floor. The neutral beige concrete stain really complements the exposed brick wall!

In this case, the concrete was over 30 years old and contained problem areas that would not take the stain at all. So it was Vibrance™ concrete dye to the rescue!

Mill House Pizza Restaurant concrete floor
Mill House Pizza Restaurant
Mill House Pizza Restaurant concrete floor
Mill House Pizza Restaurant concrete floor
Old stained concrete floor
Old stained concrete floor
For concrete areas that do not react with acid stain, use Vibrance concrete dye
For concrete areas that do not react with acid stain, use Vibrance concrete dye
Seal stained concrete
Seal stained concrete
Wax stained and sealed concrete floors
Wax stained and sealed concrete floors
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Malayan Buff Vibrance Swatch
Vibrance Malayan Buff
Acrylic Concrete Sealer Water Glossy 1 gal
High Gloss Sealer
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Gym Floor Upgrade

Acid stain is low-maintenance, easy to clean, and the perfect choice for a concrete gym floor! Three acid stain colors added depth and dimension to this space, and the concrete veining application method produced great results.

Concrete surface preparation
Surface preparation
veining technique acid stained design
Azure Blue EverStain veining technique acid stained design
Filling in the spaces with EverStain Malayan Buff acid stain color
Filling in the spaces with EverStain Malayan Buff acid stain color
Acid staining acid staining technique
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue EverStain acid stains
Coffee Brown acid stain accents
Coffee Brown acid stain accents using wet on dry acid staining technique
Malayan Buff base with Coffee Brown accents
Malayan Buff base with Coffee Brown accents
Sealed acid stained concrete floor
Sealed
After EasySeal satin application
48 hours after EasySeal satin application
First coat of ProWax Polish
First coat of ProWax Polish
After second coat of ProWax Polish
After second coat of ProWax Polish
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
Acrylic Concrete Sealer Water Glossy 1 gal
High Gloss Sealer
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Animal Hospital

Acid stain livened up this animal hospital floor with an interesting combination of colors. Even with normal wear and tear from the animals, this stained concrete floor should hold up nicely! The sealer further ensures that it will retain its durability and protection.

animal hospital stained concrete floors
acid stained floors kennel Malayan Buff & Azure Blue
Animal Hospital Floor Stained with Malayan Buff & Azure Blue Acid Stains. Sealed with Polyurethane Sealer
Acid Stained animal hospital concrete floor
Acid Stained animal hospital concrete floor
Acid Stained animal hospital concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue Acid Stained Floors Sealed with Acrylic Satin Finish Sealer
animal hospital stained concrete floors
Azure Blue and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stained wet on wet technique
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Two Stall Boat Storage Garage

Our DC customer was intimidated by acid stain, even having been in construction for 28 years! They were surprised by how much less technical this boat garage storage project ended up being. We agree that this acid stained garage floor completes the look of the space. What a big, beautiful backdrop for that boat!

Concrete Garage Floor Boat Storage
Before
acid stained garage turned boat storage
Shifting Sand & Malayan Buff EverStain acid stained garage turned boat storage
Cleaning Concrete Floors
Cleaning Concrete Floors
Cleaning and Removing Acid Stain Residue
Cleaning and removing acid stain residue
Sealer Application
Sealer Application
Acid Stained Garage Floor
Dry
  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 0.00900 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    Two stall garage for boat storage with an office and reloading loft above the office. I’ve been in and around construction for 28 years, but have never been involved with an acid stain project. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated tackling this project by myself; however it was easier than installing the wood paneling and metal siding. Not as technical with measurements and fitting. The floor just finishes the space.
  • Personal Tips:
    Watch as many YouTube videos as possible.Spend as much time as needed to ensure your prep work is complete. I sanded the entire floor area with 40 grit sandpaper for the mechanical etching process to ensure a uniform finish.Wash and clean floor at least 3 times to remove all dust from the etching process.I used carpet drying fans to aid in the drying process after the initial wash, neutralization wash and during the sealing process. Fans during the sealing process helped ventilate the room since I used an acrylic sealer.Use a high quality respiratory if you use an acrylic sealer.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Mayalayan buff and shifting sands
    Acrylic sealer

Other Products Used:
Hitachi palm sander
Wet/dry vac
Floor squeegee
Carpet fans
Spray bottle
Garden sprayer

Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Tattoo Shop Floor Renovation

‘Til Death Tattoo in Springfield, Missouri understands the value of thorough prep work! After removing the carpet in this commercial space, this brand new tattoo shop got crackin’ on their first-ever DIY project.

It wasn’t easy, but by the end, they were pretty proud of their artistry skills – and the results! We love how they used two acid stain colors to create a marbled look with vintage vibes. The colored concrete floor brings so much charm and personality to the space!

Removing Carpet
Before
Acid Stained Concrete Floor
After
Carpeted Commercial Floors
Carpeted Commercial Floors
Removing Carpet Glue
Removing Carpet Glue
Shifting Sand EverStain Heart on Concrete Floor
Shifting Sand EverStain Heart
Applying Acid Stain with Pump Sprayer
Applying Acid Stain with Pump Sprayer
Developing Acid Stains
Developing Acid Stains
Sealed and Waxed Malayan Buff and Shifting Sand EverStain
Sealed and Waxed Malayan Buff and Shifting Sand EverStain
Sealed and Waxed Malayan Buff and Shifting Sand EverStain
Sealed and Waxed Malayan Buff and Shifting Sand EverStain

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 14 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 1000 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    This was our first DIY project; and all I have to say is be ready for your prep work! Coming into this we had no idea the amount of labor we were about to put into this project, but nonetheless we are extremely proud of what we created.This is the floor in the tattoo shop we’re opening (‘Til Death Tattoo, in Springfield, Missouri.) Originally the previous owners had carpet in the space. After ripping up the carpet, it appeared to have multiple layers of glue and other adhesives.We literally tried everything to remove this… acetone, adhesive remover pad on a buffer, goo gone… in the end a hand held razorblade scraper from harbor freight with lots of blades and elbow grease was the best removal. We used a diamabrush etching pad on a buffer we rented to open up the pores.After all that was completed, we moved to cleaning. Lots of plain hot water wetmopping, followed up by a good couple rounds of TSP mopping, and then more mopping until the bucket came back clear when we rung out the mop.After all this, it was smooth sailing. Simply follow the guidelines of DirectColors for application. You really can’t go wrong with the stain, this is where you can let your artistry shine. We set our darker tone the day before, and then followed with our light tone early next day and filled in patchy spots with a second coat of light tone a few hours later.Neutralized and cleaned, followed the sealing instructions, and let set for a few days before we came back and laid down the wax.Honestly, wish we had picked commercial high gloss when we did it, but the two gallons of residential got us about 8 coats in total and it turned out just fine!
  • Personal Tips:
    Clean, clean, clean. And then clean again. Your work beforehand and your finishing after your project is sealed makes more of a difference than anything else you will do in the process.

Direct Colors Products Used:
Malaysian Bluff, Shifting Sands, Acid Neutralizer, Sealer, and Residential floor wax. All water based acrylic.

Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Lovely Living Quarters

Our DC customer used two colors of acid stain to put the finishing touches on their casita’s master bedroom. Their barndo includes the main house on one side, and a casita (“cottage” or little house) on the other.

Barndominium concrete floor
Barndominium concrete floor
Acid staining barndominium concrete floors
Acid staining barndominium concrete floors
Developed acid stain on barndominium concrete floors
Developed acid stain on barndominium concrete floors
Neutralizing Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains
Neutralizing Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains
Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains
Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains
Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains on barndominium concrete floor
Sealed and waxed Seagrass and Malayan Buff EverStain acid stains

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    Building a barndominium that consists of a casita on one side and the main house on the opposite side, this is the floor in the Master of the casita.
  • Personal Tips:
    When it comes to the sealer, I found it best to spray on with a pump sprayer and then go over it with a moist paint roller with a light touch, to even it all out.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    Malayan Buff acid stain and Seagrass Acid stain

Other Products Used:
Cleaner/degreaser to prep floor and then the acrylic sealer in Satin.

CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
ProClean Degreaser
ProClean Degreaser
Seagrass EverStain Swatch
EverStain Seagrass
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

The Concrete Veining Technique Comes Alive

Concrete veining is a unique technique performed using concrete acid stain. The marbled result and vibrant colors are hallmarks of acid stain’s reaction to concrete surfaces.

This DIYer added some concrete veining to their poured concrete, and man, it really gives it such character!

Poured concrete barndominium floor
Poured concrete barndominium floor
Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stained veins
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stained veins
Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Malayan Buff and Azure Blue base color with Coffee Brown acid stained veins
Veined acid stained barndominium concrete floor
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin

Gnarly Garage Bar

Intending to create a ‘concrete veining’ look on their three-car garage floor, this DIYer used black and red acid stain. They relied on our How-To Videos to get the job done. The finished product is somethin’ else!

Concrete garage floor
Before
acid stained concrete garage floor
English Red and Black EverStain acid stained concrete garage floor
Cleaning and etching concrete floor
Cleaning and etching concrete floor
Pooling English Red acid stain on concrete
Pooling English Red acid stain on concrete
Sealed acid stained concrete garage floor
Sealed acid stained concrete garage floor

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 750 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    This is a two car section of a three car garage being turned into a garage bar. The previous owner had used it as a race car shop.

I wanted a “vein” finish, so I started by pooling the English Red. I let that sit approximately 20 minutes, then pooled the first layer of black around the red. I then filled in the open areas with black. I left the acid on approximately 14 hours before neutralizing.

I then scrubbed and washed the floor one quarter of the room at a time and hosed off until there was no more residue. I let it dry for about 16 hours before spraying the first layer of sealer on it.

This is a heated space, so that sped up the drying process. It then sat again for about 18 hours before the second coat of sealer.

  • Personal Tips:
    Definitely watch the video tutorials. They are a great asset to get you up to speed quickly.
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
ProClean Neutralizer
ProClean Neutralizer
Black Acid Stain Concrete Color
EverStain Black
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin

Brilliant Blue Boat Storage Garage

Brown and blue acid stain combined to form one seriously cool garage floor! The neutral brown and accent of blue set the stage for an ideal boat storage situation.

Azure Blue and Shifting Sand in garage Floor
The perfect boat storage floor
Azure Blue and Shifting Sand on garage Floor
Acid Stained Concrete Floor
Azure Blue and Shifting Sand EverStain Acid Stained Garage Concrete Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
EasySeal Gloss
EasySeal™ Gloss

Just a Drab Concrete Slab

This blank concrete slab started out boring. But it was quickly transformed into an earthy-colored garage floor! Three acid stain colors formed the perfect warm blend, and then some sealer added durability and protection.

Concrete Garage Floor
Before
Sealing acid stained garage floor
Sealing acid stained garage floor
Acid stained concrete garage floor
Malayan Buff, Shifting Sand and Coffee Brown EverStain
Acid stained concrete garage floor
Malayan Buff, Shifting Sand & Coffee Brown EverStain and EasySeal gloss sealer
Acid stained concrete garage floor
Acid stained concrete garage floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
ProClean Neutralizer
ProClean Neutralizer
Shifting Sand EverStain Swatch
EverStain Shifting Sand
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
EasySeal Gloss
EasySeal™ Gloss

Garage Turned Workspace

Instead of hiring a contractor, this architect decided to make their new workspace a DIY project! Red and beige acid stain created a modern look for this detached garage turned studio space.

old garage floor
Before
Concrete overlay
Concrete overlay
Staining garage concrete floor
Staining garage concrete floor
Acid stained concrete garage floor

Project Info:

  • Project Completed In: 5 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 400 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    I’m an Architect and wanted to convert my detached garage into my work/studio space. The old concrete floor was in very poor condition so I knew I was going to need a new floor slab and I wanted to make the new floor a feature of the new studio space by acid-staining the new slab.

I had seen some very nice acid-stained floors in some of my projects and I had assumed I would have to hire a contractor to do the work, but after reading the information on the Direct Colors website, I decided to do the staining work myself.

I had the old slab removed and replaced with new concrete. I did not put a sealer on the new slab but covered it with plastic film for 30 days to let it cure.

I then did the other renovation work on the old garage space such as installing new wiring, furring, insulation, and plywood on the walls. After the plywood was finished with a clear sealer, I began the work on the floor.

I cleaned the floor with DC Cleaner & Degreaser as recommended and tried a few samples in a corner. I then spoke with a DC rep who was very helpful with some tips on how to work with two different stain colors for the desired effect and ordered all the materials I would need from DC. Ordering the DIY Kits gave me a better price than ordering individual products.

  • Personal Tips:
    I would go lighter on the first spray application of acid stains as it is possible to get a good idea about the final colors in less than an hour. More spray applications can darken the color if desired, but you can’t get the colors lighter.
  • Other Products Used:
    Plastid film to cure new slab and to protect walls during application of acid stain
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff

Garage Turned Man Cave

Turn your garage into the perfect man cave! That’s exactly what one of our DC contest winners did.  Not only did they use three earthy acid stain colors to create a manly vibe – but they also topped the look off with glossy sealer and a floor wax!

Surface preparation - garage man cave
Before
Acid Stained cola, coffee brown, desert amber garage floor
Desert Amber, Cola and Coffee Brown Acid Stains. Sealed with High AcquaSeal. Waxed with Gloss Floor Wax
Man cave concrete stained garage floor process
Acid stain application
Stained Concrete Garage Floor
Desert Amber, Cola and Coffee Brown Acid Stains. Sealed with High AcquaSeal. Waxed with Gloss Floor Wax
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Floor Pre-Treatment
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss
Concrete Floor Wax - Commercial 1 gal
Concrete Floor Wax - High Gloss
Malayan Buff and Cola Acid Stained Garage Floor
Malayan Buff and Cola Acid Stained Garage Floor
Polyurethane Sealed Garage Floor
Malayan Buff and Cola Acid Stains Primed with Water-Based, Satin Acrylic Sealer and Water-Based, High Gloss Polyurethane Sealer Top Coat
Concrete Basement
Before
Applying concrete sealer
During AcquaSeal sealer application
Malayan Buff EverStain and AcquaSeal stained living room concrete floor
Malayan Buff EverStain and AcquaSeal stained living room concrete floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss
Malayan Buff EverStain Stained Man Cave
Malayan Buff EverStain Stained Man Cave Concrete Floor
  • Project Completed In: 4 day(s)
  • Estimate of Square Footage: 200 sq. ft.
  • Project Description:
    I just finished my front patio that I enclosed. It is my Man Land. I call it the Clipper. Clippers are old sailing ships. I have more finishing touches to do. I would say the hardest part was the prep. 24 year old patio with stains and most likely solvent spilled on it. I didn’t grind it down but took a lot of effort to clean it. I used a good hand bottle sprayer to put down the acid, baking soda, and the sealer. It worked very well. 1 gallon covered 200 square feet of rough broom brushed concrete. Finished of with wax. I love the look. I couldn’t be happier. The look turned out exactly what I was hoping for.Used a carpet cleaner with brushes, scrub brush, vinegar and water solution for prep. A hand bottle sprayer fit nicely onto the quart size bottles of acid stain. Used the same hand bottle sprayer for the acid, sealer, and wax. Just cleaned it out between uses. It worked great.
Acid Stain Flooring Design
Malayan Buff, English Red and Coffee Brown Acid Stains Sealed with Water Based Sealer
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
English Red EverStain Swatch
EverStain English Red
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
ProWax™ Polish Satin
Malayan Buff EverStain Patio
Malayan Buff EverStain Patio
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
EasySeal Satin
EasySeal™ Satin
Concrete Basement
Before
Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain on Concrete Basement
Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain After AcquaSeal Sealer
Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain Application
During Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stain Application
Dry Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain
Dry Cola, Desert Amber & Malayan Buff EverStain Acid Stains Before Sealer
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Malayan Buff EverStain Swatch
EverStain Malayan Buff
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Cola EverStain Swatch
EverStain Cola
AcquaSeal Satin
AcquaSeal™ Satin
Residential Floor Wax
Concrete Floor Wax - Satin