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Stenciling Concrete Floor Vibrant Dye Colors

Stenciling on Concrete

We recently had our entire front yard, landscape, and walkway renovated. We wanted to give the front porch a facelift as well. I researched tile to lay, and quickly discovered the tile we wanted would end up costing close to $2000 to install. That is just materials. I’m sure labor would’ve added another $750-1000. So, I started exploring stain/dye options.

I began with sweeping, leaf blowing, and spraying the surface. Once dry, I applied the cleaner and degreaser solution. I allowed the solution to sit for a couple hours and sprayed it thoroughly with water. Next, I measured and masked the entire surface into 12″ squares to act as my “grout lines.” I then masked the surrounding area to protect from over spray.

First layer was Vibrance Dye Charcoal. I sprayed over each “grout line” to create depth and simulate the shadow that a three-dimensional tile would have. The next three layers were a random spray pattern application in Stormy Gray, Jacinthe, and then Malayan Buff. I sprayed the grout lines again with Charcoal, and finally a random coating of Buff to lighten the whole area. The Buff made a very subtle change over the darker colors.

I used a plastic stencil and spray paint to apply the star pattern. After allowing the paint to dry for a few hours, I removed the “grout line” masking tape and sprayed the entire surface with Solvent Based Satin Sealer.

The final result came out beautifully! The entire process (including the pump sprayers) ended up being around $550. I can’t wait to do the back porch!!

  • Personal Tips:
    -Buy more product than you think you need.
    -Use an acetone-rated sprayer… spend the money, it’s worth it in the long run.
    -Don’t be afraid to walk on the dye shortly after spraying. Especially if you want a “rustic” look. I had zero noticeable footprints walking on it only seconds after spraying.
  • Direct Colors Products Used:
    1 gal. Concrete Cleaner & Degreaser Concentrate
    Vibrance Dye – Charcoal
    Vibrance Dye – Stormy Gray
    Vibrance Dye – Jacinthe
    Vibrance Dye – Malayan Buff
    Vibrance Dye – Buff
    1 gal. Solvent Based Acrylic Satin Concrete Sealer
  • Other Products Used:

-3M green masking tape 0.25″
-Plastic Stencil from CuttingEdgeStencils found on Pinterest
-Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch 2X in Smokey Beige

Concrete Dye Stenciled Design

Jeremy F. of Brighton, MI wanted to do something special in his 500 sq. ft. basement. “I run a vinyl cutting business called “Frizzy Vinyl” and offer the compass and tile mask in kit form,” Jeremy told us.

He selected  Concrete Dyes because the product is fast drying and he could easily spray it from an aerosol sprayer for more application control.

After prepping the concrete, he applied the compass stencil to the floor and tape to create the tile pattern.

He then sprayed the Aztec Brown and Sepia Concrete Dye colors from a 48oz. Acetone Sprayer and carefully applied English Red to the compass points. Because the dye’s fast drying time, the stencil and tape could be removed almost immediately.

Concrete Dyes significantly reduces the time needed to complete a decorative concrete project and is an especially good choice for projects where rinsing with water may be difficult.

For the final step, the floor was sealed with two coats of  High Gloss Water Based Acrylic Sealer and waxed with Residential Floor Wax. A water based sealer is a good choice for basements with no history of water seepage, high humidity or hydrostatic pressure. Water-based sealers are the best choice for basements due to ventilation concerns. Solvent-based sealers should not be applied in confined areas with little or no ventilation to the outside.

Concrete Dyes Compass Stencil
Stenciled concrete design stained with English Red, Sepia and Aztec Brown Concrete Dye with Water Based Sealer

“I’ve had so many compliments on it, and everyone wants me to do the same thing for them!  The options are endless, and the results are impressive. Thanks to the team at Direct Colors for helping with our project.” – Jeremy F., Brighton, MI