Sometimes, you just need to try before you buy. With Direct Colors’ DIY Portico™ Stain Trial Kits, you can do just that. Try your stain in different shades, with different sealer finishes, and on different surfaces around your home to find the best fit for your concrete coloring project.
Direct Colors’ Portico™ Paver Stain Trial Kit has everything you need to test our premier outdoor concrete colorant before you buy it, and to quickly add color to smaller concrete projects.
Trial Kit Includes
- Select up to 5 out of 30 colors (4 oz each)
- Select up to 2 out of 4 sealers (4 oz each)
- Foam Application Brushes (1 inch) - 7
- Nitrile Safety Gloves - 2
- Safety Goggles - 1
- Dust Dask - 1
- Scrub Brush - Soft Bristle - 1
- Cleaning Cloth - 1
If you’re wondering what everything in the kit is for, we’ve got you covered. In this brief guide, we’ll go through the steps to using our Portico™ Trial Kit, and when each of the included products are to be used. Let’s get started.
Concrete Surface Preparation
Dust Mask, Scrub Brush, Cleaner & Degreaser, and Cleaning Cloth
The included Dust Mask
, Scrub Brush
, and Cleaning Cloth
have a few different uses in any concrete coloring project. But first, they’re used to prepare your concrete surface for stain by cleaning it. If your project area has any paint, oil stains, cracks, dust or other debris on it, the Concrete Antiquing Stain will not work.
Before you start your project, put your Dust Mask
on to avoid inhaling dust and debris.
Sweep any debris from a larger concrete surface, or use the included Scrub Brush
to do the same. Your Cleaning Cloth
can also be used for cleanup depending on the material.
Next, dilute the Cleaner and Degreaser. The 4 ounce bottle provided is a concentrated product, which needs to be watered down.
Add the entire 4 ounce bottle to 1 gallon of water, using the scrub brush and towel to clean your concrete surface of any oil stains, paint, or other unwanted materials. Scrub and rinse completely.
Allow the concrete surface to dry completely. Once your concrete surface is properly cleaned and free of debris, you’re ready to stain.
Applying the Portico™ Paver Stain
Portico™ Paver Stain, Applicator Brushes, Dust Mask, Safety Gloves, and Goggles
One of the best parts of a DIY Trial Kit from Direct Colors is just how easy the application process is. But, safety first.
Put your Dust Mask
, and Safety Gloves
on.Concrete Antiquing Stain can cause skin irritation, and damage your eyes if used improperly.
In your DIY Trial Kit, you’ll find 5 Sample Sized Bottles of Portico™ Paver Stain
in shades of your choosing. Pick one or a few of your colors (if you choose to mix)
Portico™ stains may appear milky in the bottle. In order to activate the pigment, shake each bottle vigorously until all of the colorant at the bottom of the bottle has dissolved in the solution. If being used for multiple projects, be sure to shake the bottle again before each use.
Apply the Portico™ Stain using the foam application brush. Feel free to dab or brush the stain onto the surface depending on the project or desired effect. To avoid dripping, apply the antiquing concrete stain to the applicator brush above your testing or project area.
Apply the concrete stain in layers until a “wet” consistency is achieved. Now, you’re ready to seal.
Sealing the Concrete Surface
Acrylic Sealers, Foam Application Brushes, Safety Gloves, Goggles, and Dust Mask
Once the Portico™ Concrete Stain has dried, you’re ready to seal the surface. Put your Safety Gloves
, and Dust Mask
In your DIY Trial Kit, you’re able to choose 2 of 4 options for concrete sealers. Each of them work very well for any application. However, we generally recommend the Solvent-Based sealers for outdoor concrete, and Water-Based sealers for indoor concrete.
In terms of the finish, the Satin will give you a slightly matte, but beautiful covering that will pop the underlying colorant. High gloss, on the other hand, is a sheer, shiny product that gives the appearance of highly polished stone such as marble. Your choice will depend solely on how you want your concrete surface to look.
Once you’ve chosen your sealer, simply cover one of the Foam Application Brushes
in the sealer, and spread evenly across the newly colored concrete surface. Apply in thin layers. Two coats are recommended for sufficient protection from UV rays, moisture and other elements, and foot traffic.
Allow to dry for up to 24 hours.
And you’re done! For more information on concrete staining and to get ideas for your next concrete coloring project, visit our resource center.