Dye-N-Seal from Brickformis a translucent dye designed to penetrate and color any non-porous cement-based surface. It can be used with or without a stain.
"Dye-N-Seal can be used to coordinate colors to create an artistic look," according to Les Davis, a spokesperson for Brickform. "There is more ability to do this with dye than with acid stains because there is a much more broad color palette: reds, blues, greens, yellows. You can combine colors to create new ones, which is not possible with an acid stain."
Clint Howle, of American Concrete Concepts, created the product because he needed a coloring system that worked with concrete and more specifically, worked great with polished concrete. After his company used the product for a couple of years for touch-ups or basecoats, Brickform debuted Dye-N-Seal at World of Concrete this year. Howle explains that a contractor can either use this dye in conjunction with a stain or use it by itself. Some contractors use it exclusively, he says, saying they will never go back to acid stain.
The dye penetrates the surface of newly cured or existing concrete, creating a protective layer of intense color that will not chip, crack or peel. The colors can be mixed together to create an unlimited number of variations, and when applied properly, Dye-N-Seal offers a wide range of color intensities from muted to vivid colors. Imperfections in the concrete can be integrated into a variegated design similar to marble or agate.
Dye-n-Seal is translucent and does not depend on a chemical reaction. Davis explains that it is much more forgiving than similar products and is very easy to work with, which reduces the workload dramatically. "A job that takes three days to acid stain and seal, you can do with Dye-N-Seal in one day."
The product dries quickly, reducing installation time and construction costs. It also ships in powder form, unlike many of its competitors, so there is no hazardous-shipping cost with this product. Later, it is mixed with acetone for application.
Dye-N-Seal is durable enough for commercial applications such as restaurants, showrooms and retail spaces. Its fast-drying qualities make it excellent for vertical applications, stencils, and logos. It is available in 32 standard colors, packaged to color one-quart, one-gallon and five-gallon containers of acetone. After the application area has dried, it should be sealed for added durability.