CONCRETE STAIN & DYE
Plain concrete becomes jaw-dropping beautiful with the application of Concrete Resurrection stains and sealers. Available in a wide range of colors, our stains are manufactured in-house by chemical specialists to assure you a consistent, high-quality product that gives good results every time. And, our staining experts are on hand for continued customer support.
Reactive Acid Chemical (RAC) Stain physically reacts with minerals in concrete to change the color of the concrete. RAC Stain color varies from slab to slab. Repairs to the concrete, such as filled cracks or divots, tend to color differently from the area around them. The RAC color chart gives you a representation of the color you will get, but if you are very color specific in what you want (for instance trying to exactly match an existing floor or counter top) then RAC Stain is not the best choice. Always test RAC stain in an inconspicuous area prior to applying to the entire surface. RAC Stain can be used on exterior and well- ventilated interior concrete.
Coverage–Amount of square footage stained per gallon varies with the surface texture of the concrete, temperature of the concrete and ambient conditions. Average coverage rate is 100-200 sq ft per gallon.
Step 1: Slab needs to be clean and porous (allows water to soak in). (See Tech Data for proper prep)
Step 2: Apply acid stain. For lighter shade, RAC stain may be diluted.
Step 3: Allow acid stain to react with concrete 4-5 hours to achieve maximum coloring effects.
Step 4: Wash and neutralize concrete to remove residue.
Step 5: Allow to dry completely then apply sealer.
Water Based Stain
Water Reducible Concentrate (WRC) Stain is a water-based, pigmented stain that bonds to the open pores of the concrete. It is very color specific (what you see is what you get.) WRC Stain colors can be blended for variations in color and it is ideal for faux finishing. WRC Stain is most often diluted 4 parts water to 1 part stain, but can be diluted up to 8 parts water to 1 part stain for a more transparent look. Proper surface prep is vitally important to the success of WRC Stain. Can be used on interior and exterior concrete.
Coverage– One quart WRC Stain yields 1.25 - 2.25 total gallons of “ready to use” stain. Average WRC coverage is 100-300 square feet per gallon. Coverage variations depend on concrete surface porosity, amount of material applied and desired opacity.
Step 1: Concrete must be very clean and porous. (Water must readily soak in and concrete should feel similar to 120 grit sandpaper.)
Step 2: WRC can be diluted for a more translucent effect.
Step 3: Apply WRC Stain with a gravity feed HVLP sprayer (preferred), pressure pot HVLP sprayer, airless sprayer, pump sprayer, cotton rag, natural sponge (sea sponge), manufactured sponge or brush (bristle or foam).
Step 4: Allow to dry completely and apply sealer.
Ten-Second Color Dye
Ten Second Color (TSC) is an acetone based stain. It must be diluted with acetone and is typically sprayed on with an aerosol sprayer or a solvent-proof pump sprayer. TSC bonds to the top pores of the concrete and is very color specific. It dries quite literally in approximately 10 seconds, so faux finishing is not an option with this stain. You can use an HVLP sprayer or an aerosol sprayer for shading, accenting and highlighting. Proper surface prep is vitally important to the success of TSC. Can be used on exterior or well-ventilated interior concrete.
Coverage– One quart TSC Dye covers an average of 100-150 sq ft. Coverage variations depend on concrete surface porosity and amount of material applied.
Step 1: Concrete must be very clean, dry and porous. (Water must readily soak in and concrete should feel similar to 120 grit sandpaper.)
Step 2: Apply TSC Dye with a cone tip pump sprayer that is compatible with acetone. TSC Dye can also be applied with a brush, roller or HVLP spray equipment.
Step 3: Allow to dry completely and apply sealer.