Acid Stain Concrete
Color acid staining of concrete can change a dull concrete floor or wall from a dreary grey to an exciting work of art. If you have been in some of the newer commercial buildings, you will see large beautiful concrete floors that have been colored with an acid stain. To create an artistic visual pattern. These patterns are only limited by the space that you have to work in and your imagination. There are many colors that you can use as a base. Add another color as a design on top of the base color. One of the most popular methods is to mix two or three colors so that you have a blending of shadows and shades. This can give you a visual appearance of a stone floor. Before using an acid stain, there are a few things to consider. First, how well does an acid stain hold up to foot traffic? This is one of the most desirable features of an acid stain. The way that an acid stain works is that it causes a chemical reaction with the concrete and the concrete changes color. That means that there isn't any stain there to wear off. The color is now part of the concrete. Needless to say, fresh clean concrete is the best choice when applying an acid stain.
There are many times that we don't have new concrete to start with. Depending on the condition of the concrete that we are working with, will determine the style or color that we chose. The darker colors that you chose, the more that it will hide imperfections in the concrete. Start by cleaning the concrete the best that you can. If there is any paint or grease on the concrete it must be removed. One note of caution, don't use acid to clean the concrete as this will open up the floor surface and change the way that the concrete accepts the concrete acid stain. This is not a hard and fast rule. There may be times that you will want to open up the floor surface before applying a concrete acid stain. The next step is to decide if the patterns and color are what you want or at least close. You can still touch up your design at this time. After this, its time to seal the concrete floor and the design you have created. This is one of the most important steps in the whole process. This truly is what makes or brakes the job. In most cases, it will take two or three applications of sealer to get the results that you want. One of the areas that acid stained concrete goes well in, is in the wine room. Using a concrete floor in the wine cellar is one of the best ways to maintain a constant temperature. In the picture above the concrete was just a dull gray to start with, now it possesses the beauty of polished marble and requires little or no maintenance.
There are other places that you can use acid staining other than on floors. Coloring a concrete pathway is a beautiful way to enhance a landscape. The acid stain stands up well in the outdoors and is unaffected by the rain or cold since it becomes part of the concrete. One of the other ways that I use acid stain in my masonry business is to color the faux stones that we use in creating landscape boulders. Many times we require to place concrete in a landscape design and don't crave it to look like concrete. By using acid stain and some artistic shaping we can create a set of stone steps out of concrete that most people can't believe. When we build water features, we use allot of concrete as a way to hold the feature together mixing faux rock with real stone. Before we color the concrete with the acid stain you can see each and every real rock standing out. But after the acid stain is applied you can't tell the difference. There are other ways to use acid stains like coloring a concrete wall to help it blend into a setting, whatever you can imagine you can do.