How to Stain Concrete
How to Stain Concrete? Before we go to that, we want to tell you that concrete staining has been very popular these days. This has been a good choice for floor decoration both indoor and outdoor. The aplication of concrete stain is also simple and practical. We can even do it by ourselves.
One of Concrete Stain Producers, QUIKRETE®, has explained How to Stain Concrete as below:
Staining Concrete Tools
Translucent Concrete Stains.
Cleaner, Etcher & Degreaser.
Oil Stain Remover (optional).
Acrylic High Gloss Sealer (optional).
Stiff Bristle Brush or Driveway Broom.
Paint Tray and Tray Liner.
Plastic Water Can.
Garden Sprayer, Sponge or Long-handled Roller Frame and 3/8” nap roller.
How to Stain Concrete Step by Step
Determine if the concrete surface is porous enough to accept the stain by pouring water on the concrete. If the water pools and does not dissipate, it is likely that there is a sealer present. If the water is quickly absorbed, the concrete will accept the stain.
QUIKTIP: If the surface has been previously sealed, the remaining sealer must be removed with a commercial grade paint stripper and then pressure washed. Once the sealer is removed, repeat the water test.
Prepare the surface. Sweep and remove as much soil and debris as possible. Then, use the Cleaner, Etcher & Degreaser, as specified. Allow the Cleaner, Etcher & Degreaser to stand for about 60 seconds. Then, scrub the surface with a driveway broom or stiff bristle brush and rinse thoroughly with water.
QUIKTIP: When working with the Cleaner, Etcher & Degreaser, use plastic tools and materials to avoid a reaction.
Remove excess water with a squeegee.
Mask off the surrounding vertical and horizontal areas, to protect them from the staining process.
Shake the bottle vigorously, before applying the stain.
Apply the stain using a garden sprayer, sponge or nap roller.
QUIKTIP: If using a garden sprayer to apply the stain, test the stain in a bucket, before applying, to assure a consistent mist and avoid dripping.
Immediately remove any puddles with a sponge.
For a consistent appearance, back roll the surface with a 3/8” nap roller.
QUIKTIP: Roll the surface in random directions, to avoid roller marks.
For a darker appearance, additional coats may be applied one hour after the initial stain is dry to the touch.
QUIKTIP: This usually takes about four hours.
Apply Acrylic High Gloss Sealer to enrich the color and protect the stain surface one hour after the stain is dry to the touch.
Wait 24 hours before exposing the surface to light use, and wait at least 72 hours before automobile traffic.
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