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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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    EasyTint™ Colored Sealer is a one-step stain and sealer for exterior concrete surfaces. Restore faded exterior concrete color or quickly add color to high-traffic commercial floors. EasyTint™ is not paint. EasyTint™ remains translucent and do not completely hide imperfections in the concrete. 

    Quick Facts
    • Application Tool: Pump sprayer
    • Dry Time: 24 - 48 hours 
    • Cleanup: Xylene
    • Coverage: Aproximately 200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on concrete porosity
    • Top Clear Coat Sealer: Solvent-Based, EasySeal™ 
    • Recommended Uses: Well ventilated areas of any concrete surface


    Note: Since this is a made to-order-product, we cannot offer refunds, exchanges, or returns.
    Due to DOT-ORM-D regulations, this product cannot be expedited and can only be shipped by ground.




    NOTE: EasyTint is a tinted sealer, and not opaque, like paint. It will add a tint to your concrete while allowing the existing texture to show through.

    WHERE TO APPLY EASYTINT™

    New or existing exterior concrete surfaces such as: garage floors, patios, driveways, pool decks, walkways, and retaining walls

    WHEN NOT TO APPLY EASYTINT™

    DO NOT apply EasyTint in poorly ventilated areas.





    For staining concrete pool decks, we recommend adding anti-slip grip additive to a clear top coat of concrete sealer for extra safety



    If applying EasyTint™ to a vertical surface such as a retaining wall, spray tinted sealer in thin coats to avoid drip lines. We suggest having a 3/8" nap roller nearby (wetted in the sealer with the excess rung out), so you can even out any drip lines.



    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


    Printable EasyTint™ How-To Guide


    Step 1: Preparation


    • Cover areas at risk of over-spray with plastic drop cloth
    • Newly poured concrete must cure for 30 days before application 
    • For existing concrete:
      • Remove paint or previously applied sealer using Soy Gel Stripper
      • Remove carpet glue or other adhesives using Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover
      • Remove oils, dirt, debris, Soy Gel Stripper, Bean-e-doo Mastic Remover, using a scrub brush and ProClean Degreaser™
    • Verify absorption by pouring a cup of a water in various areas. If not absorbed within 5 minutes, etch the surface with Hard Troweled Floor Pre-Treatment
    • Allow the concrete to thoroughly dry before Application


    Step 2: Application


    Coverage rate is approximately 200 square feet per gallon. Coverage rates may vary based on concrete texture, surface porosity, and application method.

    NOTE: Only apply EasyTint when surface temperature is between 40 °F (4 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).

    CAUTION: EasyTint is flammable, harmful if swallowed, or inhaled. Keep away from heat, sparks and flame. Store and use with adequate ventilation, allowing airflow to disperse vapors. Before applying EasyTint, open windows and door and extinguish all open flames such as gas appliance pilot lights, candles, etc. Do not smoke, use a lighter or matches, or anything that could cause potential harm.

    Option 1: Spraying (preferred method)
    • Remove all filters from Pump-Up Sprayer
    • Shake EasyTint™ well before pouring into sprayer
    • Begin spraying at a far corner to maintain a clear path to exit
    • Spray EasyTint™ on surface in slightly circular motions with irregular overlaps
      • Shake sprayer tank from side to side often to prevent color from settling
      • Spray thin coats to avoid puddling
    • Allow 8 hours before applying second coat (maximum of 2 thin coats)
      • Use a thumbnail to see if coat dents or scratches; if so, allow more time to cure
    • Apply a second coat following same method
    Option 2: Rolling
    • Shake EasyTint™ well before pouring into paint tray
    • Use 3/8" nap roller to apply first thin coat and roll in one direction only
      • Do not apply pressure to roller as it this will cause streaking (let weight of roller do the work)
    • Allow 8 hours before applying second coat (maximum of 2 thin coats)
      • Use a thumbnail to see if coat dents or scratches; if so, allow more time to cure
    • Apply a second coat following same method

    WAIT UNTIL CURED

    • 16 hours before foot traffic or placing heavy furniture
    • 32 hours before driving over surface or allowing parked vehicles

    Step 3: Seal & Protect Finish


    • For exterior: Allow EasyTint to cure for 8 hours and then apply one thin coat of EasySeal
    • For interior: Allow EasyTint to cure for 72 hours and then apply thin coats of ProWax Polish
    • For additional application instructions see EasySeal™ and ProWax Polish™ How-To Guides

    Pro Tips:


    • Begin spraying at a far corner to maintain a clear path to exit
    • If sealer is pooling or appears uneven, backroll with a 3/8" nap roller
      • Roller must be wetted in sealer and excess rung out before back rolling
    • To avoid droplets dripping onto surface, before releasing sprayer trigger immediately place tip in a bucket
    • If applying EasyTint™ to a vertical surface such as a retaining wall, spray tinted sealer in thin coats to avoid drip lines. We suggest having a 3/8" nap roller nearby (wetted in the sealer with the excess rung out), so you can even out any drip lines.


    Clean-Up:


    • Uncured EasyTint: Clean tools and supplies with Xylene
    • Cured EasyTint: Clean tools and supplies with SoyGel

    Maintenance:


    • For exterior: Protect finish every 2 years with EasySeal™ or as needed
    • For interior: Protect finish every 2 years with ProWax Polish or spot treat high-traffic areas as needed
    • For additional application instructions see AcquaSeal™, EasySeal™ and ProWax Polish™ How-To Guides

    Tools & Supplies:


    • Pump-up Spayer
    • 3/8" Nap Roller & Paint Tray
    • Plastic Drop Cloth
    • Scrub Brush
    • Spiked Shoes (if using Hard Troweled Floor Pre-Treatment)

    Disclaimer: Direct Colors does not warrant or guarantee outcomes. Concrete variations or improper application may cause unintended results. test Products in an inconspicuous or small area and fully cure to ensure compatibility and desired result.

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