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Decorative Concrete Tips: Creating Images with Dyes Prior to Acid Staining

Place objects on the concrete floor to create abstract shapes.Place objects on thefloor to create abstract shapes.

Spray water-based dyes on the whole floor.The objects act as resists for the dyes.Spray water-based dyes on the whole floor.The objects act as resists for the dyes.

Remove the objects and then spray acid stain on the whole floor, allowing all the colors to mingle with each other.Remove the objects and then spray acid stain on the whole floor, allowing all the colors to mingle with each other.

By putting the dyes down before the acid stains,you can open up a much wider range of color than if the acids went down first.By putting the dyes down before the acid stains,you can open up a much wider range of color than if the acids went down first.

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