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How does Vibrance™ work?
Unlike acid-based stains, liquid concrete dye doesn't react chemically with the minerals in concrete. Once Vibrance™ is sprayed onto the concrete surface, it penetrates the concrete - leaving behind a thin film that must be sealed to prevent the color from wearing away.
Where can I apply Vibrance™ concrete dye?
Effective on smooth to lightly textured concrete surfaces, Vibrance™ can be applied to both indoor and outdoor projects such as countertops, bathrooms, home offices, kitchens, patios, and driveways.
What is Vibrance™?
Vibrance™ concrete dye is a concentrated blend of synthetic iron oxide pigments and bonding agents that, once diluted with acetone, creates a liquid concrete dye suitable for most concrete surfaces.
How do I know if my concrete is properly prepared for Vibrance™ concrete dye powder?
Surface preparation is often the most critical factor in any successful decorative concrete project. The concrete surface MUST be free of cure and seal, sealer, paint, dirt, grime, and grease. On machine-troweled surfaces, you must use our CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher or a mechanical grinder/sander. These will open up the pores of the concrete enough for Vibrance™ to adhere properly to the concrete surface.
For smooth to lightly textured surfaces, using our CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher is enough to sufficiently open the pores for Vibrance™ to adhere properly to the concrete surface. If the concrete is too smooth (slick) and Vibrance™ isn't able to penetrate, it can lead to the sealer lifting off the concrete surface - along with your Vibrance™ concrete dye. 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’ve just applied Vibrance™ Dye to my concrete, and after it dried, it barely has any color. What happened?
The good news is that concrete pigments don't disappear! If your concrete surface is in relatively decent condition and isn’t extremely deteriorated, the pigments you applied are still in place. Once Vibrance™ is applied to the surface and dries for several hours, the dried pigments only appear chalky and faded.
When you apply the recommended two thin coats of concrete sealer, the color will "pop" to life; however, if your concrete is heavily weathered, extremely porous, or severely deteriorated, you should apply a single thin primer coat of sealer. This priming step will help seal off the pores and prevent your color from falling too deeply into the pores of the concrete and "disappearing". Be mindful of a decision you'll need to make between solvent-based or water-based sealers. While both are great options, the difference is that solvent-based sealers will “pop” color much more intensely than water-based sealers. Water-based sealers will tend to soften in color as they cure.