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  • One-step stain & seal concrete solution
  • Ideal for outdoor concrete floors
  • Available in satin and high gloss finish
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    How much do I need to stain my concrete?

    It will depend on the square footage of your application.

    The coverage rate is 200 square feet per gallon (2 coats) depending on concrete porosity. Two or more coats are required.

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    Product Details

    EasyTint™, a premium solvent-based tinted sealer, offers a superior single-component system enriched with 100% pure acrylic polymer resin and a VOC-compliant solvent base under 700 g/L. Available in either a vibrant high-gloss or refined satin finish, EasyTint™ caters to a variety of preferences with a 25% to 30% acrylic solids content that introduces a hint of color to cement-based surfaces. Designed for optimal vapor transmission and minimal fluid infiltration, it provides effective moisture protection. This clear, non-yellowing formula not only enhances surface appearance but also bolsters resistance to stains, abrasion, and UV damage. Whether you're aiming for a long-lasting glossy finish or a durable satin sheen on driveways, patios, and beyond, EasyTint™ serves as an exceptional colored topcoat for concrete stains, blending aesthetic improvement with protective features seamlessly.

    Quick Facts

    Application Tools: Best applied using a pump sprayer (filter removed) or a ⅜” nap roller with a solvent resitant core.
    Location: Suitable for interior (with proper ventilation) or exterior applications.
    Dry Time: Dry to touch in approximately 4-6 hours, for foot traffic in 16-24 hours, and for vehicle traffic in 24-48 hours. Dry times vary with environmental conditions.
    Re-Coat Time: 6-12 hours. Dry times vary with environmental conditions.
    Cleanup: Use xylene
    Coverage: Approximately 200 sq. ft. per gallon for two thin coats. It is recommended to apply two coats for optimal performance; coverage may vary depending on surface conditions.
    Recommended Topcoat: Compatible with EasySeal™ Solvent-based Acrylic Sealer.
    Application Temperature: Best between 40°F-95°F (4°C-35°C).
    Recommended Uses: Ideal for concrete floors, walls, countertops, and various architectural elements.
    Important Note: Requires proper ventilation due to strong fumes.

    Special Offers

    EasyTint™ Tint & Seal Bundle

    A package including one gallon of EasyTint™ tinted sealer and one gallon of EasySeal™ clear sealer, ideal for small to medium projects.

    EasyTint™ Mega Bundle

    A bulk deal offering five gallons of EasyTint™ Tinted Sealer and five gallons of EasySeal™ clear sealer, suitable for large-scale projects or professional use.

    EasyTint™ Trial Kit

    A sampler kit that includes three 4-ounce color choices, foam applicators, perfect for testing colors and finishes.

    Winter Care Tips for Sealed Surfaces

    • Avoid Salt for Ice Melting: Do not use salt or other de-icing chemicals as they can damage the acrylic sealer.
    • Safe Ice Melting Alternatives: Use Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) or sand/kitty litter for traction. These materials are safer for your sealed surfaces.
    • Snow Removal: Use plastic shovels to avoid scratching the sealer. Exercise caution to prevent damage to the sealed surface.
    • Post-Winter Cleanup: Once conditions improve, clean the surface to remove any residue from the alternatives used.

    FAQ

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    How does EasyTint™ work?

    EasyTint™ is a clear, solvent based concrete sealer with pigment added to it - along with a few other ingredients. It’s a stain and sealer in one, allowing you to stain and subtly color your concrete simultaneously. When you apply the sealer, the pigments suspend in the sealer, providing beautiful, tinted color. AcquaTint™ produces a semi-translucent color with a much more natural look and durable finish than concrete paint.

    Where can I apply EasyTint™ colored sealer?

    Effective on most concrete surfaces, EasyTint™ is a UV stable colorant that can be applied on both indoor and outdoor projects. For best results, we recommend that tinted sealer is applied in areas intended primarily for foot traffic. 

     You definitely want to consider ventilation. Since EasyTint™ is a solvent-based product, it will off-gas a strong chemical odor for 3-5 days depending on ventilation. If this is an issue, you should consider AcquaTint™, which is a low VOC, water-based version of EasyTint™.

    I’ve just applied EasyTint™ to my concrete and after it dried, it barely has color. What happened?

    Fortunately, this isn’t something we hear very often. The good news is that concrete pigments don't disappear! Assuming your concrete surface is in relatively decent condition and isn't extremely deteriorated, the tinted sealer you applied is still in place. Sometimes on severely aged or deteriorated concrete surfaces, the extreme porosity "drinks" the sealer in. As the pores absorb the sealer, the pigments are taken with it - diminishing the color result. It may take additional coats of concrete sealer to develop a more vibrant color. In this case, we prefer to review your project with you before you apply more product.

    How do I know if my concrete is properly prepared for EasyTint™ tinted sealer?

    Before applying EasyTint™, you should lightly etch the surface of the concrete with CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher (or sand) if the surface is very smooth. The sanded or etched surface will promote better adhesion of the sealer as it bonds to your concrete.

    How much surface preparation is required to use EasyTint™?

    Surface preparation is often the most critical factor in any successful decorative concrete project. In order to achieve the best results, the concrete surface should be free of cure and seal, sealer, paint, dirt, grime, and grease. Remember to practice proper preparation - if the sealer can't bond well, it can lead to the finish peeling up along with the color. Trust us, it's totally worth it to put in the extra time to set yourself up for a successful and long-lasting project!

    I purchased the amount of product your concrete stain calculator recommended based on my square footage, and still needed more. What happened?

    Depending on your concrete surface and chosen application methods, coverage rates can vary. We follow industry standards of approximately 200 square feet per gallon, which commonly applies to lower viscosity products like colorants and concrete sealers. 

    First, it's always good to double-check your calculation of square footage. From there, a few variables come into play. How porous, weathered, or worn is your concrete? How heavily are you applying the product? On smoother, less porous concrete, you may find you're getting a bit more coverage than anticipated. For stamped, textured, or more weathered, porous concrete, you may get a bit less coverage. These variables aren't calculation errors, but more of a common indefinite. When in doubt, follow the general construction rule of rounding up for your supply needs.

    I applied EasyTint™ concrete sealer and it has started to flake or peel off, what did I do wrong?

    Most often, any sealer releasing from concrete is due to a short list of reasons. 
    • The concrete wasn’t properly cleaned and dirt, residues, or other contaminants prevented proper adhesion. 
    • The concrete was too smooth (slick), and the tight surface did not allow proper penetration or adhesion to the concrete. 
    • When sealer is over-applied, the heavy amount of caked-on acrylic becomes soft or spongy, leading to a weakened finish that will deteriorate quickly. This can also lead to trapped moisture, particularly on exterior concrete. 

     In most cases, two thin coats of AcquaTint™ will provide you with a long-lasting decorative finish.

    I applied EasyTint™ on my patio and there are areas that look hazy or whitish in color, what is going on?

    This somewhat common problem can be avoided with a few simple considerations. First, what's happening? The culprit is usually moisture. Most acrylic sealers are designed to pass around 3% or 4% of moisture when applied correctly in two thin coats. When the moisture rate exceeds this, the moisture cannot escape, becomes trapped, and creates a white or cloudy effect. 
    A few preventative measures: 
    • Make sure that the concrete you're sealing isn’t located in a space that holds water after rain for an extended period. Sealers left submerged underwater will soon begin to lose performance. 
    • If your concrete is in low-lying areas at risk of being submerged, consider installing these areas, drains, rock beds over sand for quick absorption of water, or a trench next to the concrete so water can be redirected away from your decorative finish. 

     Decorative finish or not, this would be good practice for any concrete surfaces to simply protect your investment.

    How-To Guide

    Preliminary Testing

    Before using the product for your entire project, try it out on a small, hidden area of the surface you'll be working on. This will let you see how it looks and if it's the right fit for your project.

    Pre-Application

    • Clean & Dry: EasyTint™ should be applied to a surface that is completely clean and dry. If the surface was cleaned with water or pressure washed, allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before sealing. Ensure the surface is free from dust, dirt, oil, grease, paints, glues, non-solvent-based acrylic sealers, curing agents, efflorescence, chemical contaminants, rust, algae, mildew, and other materials that might prevent proper bonding.
    • Cured: The concrete or overlay must be fully cured before application. It is recommended that cement-based products cure for at least 28 days to achieve optimal results.
    • Temperature: or optimal results, apply EasyTint™ when temperatures are between 40°F (4°C) and 95°F (35°C). Application should ideally occur in the early evening when air and surface temperatures are cooling, and the sun is no longer directly overhead. To prevent bubbling and hazing, avoid application during the morning or midday.
    • Sound: Apply only to cement-based products that are not flaking or spalling. The substrate must be structurally sound. For surfaces showing signs of delamination, employ diamond grinding, shot blasting, or similar mechanical methods for removal.
    • Profiled: Perform an absorption test to check if the concrete is ready for staining. Pour water onto the concrete surface and wait for 3-5 minutes. If the water is not absorbed, the surface will need to be cleaned and etched with CitrusEtch™ to open the pores of the concrete. Detailed instructions can be found in the CitrusEtch™ Technical Data Sheet. If the concrete absorbs the water, it is ready for EasyTint™ application. Image showing two concrete surfaces: on the left, a surface that passes the water absorption test with water penetrating the concrete, and on the right, a surface failing the test with water pooling on top
    • Ventilation: When applying, be aware that odors can be strong. Ensure the area is properly ventilated during application to maintain a safe and comfortable working environment.

    Application

    Solvent Control:

    Block HVAC ducts to prevent solvent spread and odors. Ensure all ignition sources, like pilot lights, are extinguished before starting.

    Personal Safety:

    Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment as recommended in the Safety Data Sheet.

    Tool selection & application technique:

    For Spraying:
    • Remove all filters from the pump-up sprayer to prevent clogging. Hand showing filter removal from a pump-up sprayer
    • Apply the product in a circular motion to ensure even coverage. It is important to apply thin layers to avoid puddling and ensure uniform drying.
    • Start and stop spraying into a bucket or off the work area to prevent drips. Back roll afterwards to smooth out any puddles or overlaps, maintaining a thin, even layer.
    For Rolling:
    • Use a ⅜” nap roller with a solvent-resistant core. Allow the roller's weight to apply the product without adding extra pressure, which could cause streaks and uneven coverage. Focus on applying thin, consistent layers.
    • Before adding more product to the paint tray, shake the bottle for even consistency.

    Drying and Recoating:

    • Dry Time Between Coats: Wait 6 to 12 hours, depending on environmental conditions.
    • Testing Dryness: To check if the surface is ready for the next coat, press it with a thumbnail. If the surface doesn't dent or scratch, it is sufficiently dry for recoating.
    • Coat Application: Ensure the first coat is thoroughly dry before applying a second thin coat. The emphasis on thin coats is crucial for achieving the best finish and performance.
    • Recommended Coats: Two thin coats are advised for best performance and durability.
    • Application Caution: To prevent bubbling, hazing, and other imperfections, it is essential to apply the product in thin coats rather than heavy applications.
    • Foot Traffic: Keep the area free from foot traffic for at least 24 hours to allow the topcoat to properly set.
    • Vehicle Traffic: Avoid vehicle traffic for 48-72 hours to ensure the sealer fully cures and offers maximum protection.

    Limitations

    • The sealer is not resistant to brake fluid, gasoline, and many other similar chemicals. Avoid contact with these substances to maintain the integrity of the seal.
    • EasyTint™ may face adhesion challenges on hard-troweled (machine-smoothed) surfaces or surfaces with pores smaller than the sealer's particles, leading to poor adhesion and ineffective sealing.
    • Avoid application on wet surfaces, surfaces with moisture issues, or before the stain has fully cured to prevent white spots (blushing) and premature delamination or failure.
    • Application in early morning or when morning dew is present is discouraged to avoid adhesion issues.
    • Applying during the morning or middle of the day can lead to hazing and bubbling; schedule application times accordingly.
    • Do not apply over existing sealers, water-based acrylics, acrylic latex, paint, or any film-forming coatings other than a solvent-based acrylic. If an existing solvent-based acrylic is deteriorating, it must be repaired or removed before application.
    • This product does not prevent hot tire pickup or tire marks. Take precautions to minimize these effects where applicable.
    • Material Interactions: Be aware that plasticizers in rubber mats and rubber-based materials may react with and bond to the cured coating, potentially leading to damage or disfigurement of the surface finish.
    • Color Accuracy: While efforts are made to accurately represent colors in product literature, photos, and sample color chips, the actual color achieved on concrete can significantly differ. This discrepancy stems from the stain's translucent nature, allowing the color of the concrete base to affect the final shade.

    Topcoat

    Exterior Surfaces: Use EasySeal™ as a topcoat to deepen color and extend durability of high traffic areas. For detailed information on sealer application, refer to EasySeal™ Gloss TDS and EasySeal™ Satin TDS.
    Interior Surfaces: Use ProWax Polish™ as a topcoat to improve the durability and finish of indoor surfaces. For detailed information on sealer application, refer to ProWax Polish™ Gloss TDS and ProWax Polish™ Satin TDS.

    Coverage

    Estimated coverage is around 200 square feet per gallon, varying with surface conditions and application methods.

    Clean-Up

    For cleaning tools and equipment after using EasyTint™, use Xylene.

    Disposal

    Dispose of unused product according to local environmental or hazardous waste regulations.

    Shelf Life and Storage

    Use EasyTint™ within one year of purchase and store it in a cool, indoor location away from sunlight and heat.

    Maintenance

    • Exterior Surfaces: Regularly inspect sealed areas for signs of thinning or wear due to foot or vehicular traffic. Reapply the sealer as needed to maintain protection and appearance.
    • Interior Surfaces: Regularly examine surfaces coated with ProWax Polish™ for wear or thinning, especially in high-traffic areas. Reapply the coating as necessary to preserve the surface's integrity and aesthetics.

    Complementary Products

    ProClean Degreaser™ Concrete cleaner & degreaser
    CitrusEtch™ Pre-stain concrete pore etcher
    ProWax Polish™ Floor wax & polish
    OxiGrip™ Slip-resistant sealer additive
    PatchRx™ Concrete repair
    Resurface-It™ Concrete overlay/micro-topping

    Safety & Precautions

    DANGER: VAPOR HARMFUL, HARMFUL OR FATAL IF SWALLOWED. FLAMMABLE. EYE & SKIN IRRITANT. Do not swallow. Do not breathe fumes. Do not use near heat, sparks or flames. Do not smoke. Do not get in eyes. Do not get on skin or clothing. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Wear a mask. Wear safety glasses and chemical resistant gloves. Use only in a well-ventilated area.  Contains: Xylene, Petroleum distillates, Trimethylbenzene and Ethylbenzene FIRST AID TREATMENT: If swallowed, call physician immediately. Do not induce vomiting. If in eyes, rinse with water for 15 minutes. If on skin, rinse well with water. If breathed in, move person into fresh air. WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Ethylbenzene and Isopropylbenzene which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

    Warranty

    EasyTint™ is guaranteed for uniform quality within manufacturing tolerances. No warranty is provided for its application effects. Liability for defects is limited to refunding the purchase price. Users bear all other risks and liabilities. For inquiries, contact Direct Colors customer service.

    How-To Videos

    Let's Talk About EasyTint™
    Stain Absorption Test
    How to Apply Dye and Colored Sealer
    How to Apply AcquaTint™
    Concrete Stain Calculator Help

    Color Chart

    EasyTint Color Chart

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