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Staining & Coloring Concrete

A freshly stained concrete floor can be a centerpiece for almost any room. Concrete stain comes in two main types: acid-stain and water-based concrete stain. Concrete Decor magazine covers how to use, when to use, where to use and the types to use professionally. Staining concrete creates a beautiful option for upgrading spaces inside or outside your home or business.

Concrete Stains, Let Good Looks Shine Through

Staining concrete doesn't deliver a speciļ¬c color because it is a reactionary process with the concrete. Beautiful multi-color stained concrete floor in a shopping mall.A painted concrete surface is just that — an opaque painted surface. Staining doesn’t deliver a specific color because it is a reactionary process. The concrete itself actually gives you the final look. Depending on how old the concrete is and the condition it is in when you start out can make a lot of difference.

Designing Decorative Concrete with Good Composition in Mind

Staining concrete or painting concrete what is the difference. Here a man is painting concrete after a stencil was removed from the acid stained concrete.Artists approach design as a space-filling exercise. As such, the first thing they consider is the format within which they will be working. The shape of the format will radically alter the distribution of elements within it. The elements of design are the simple building blocks artists have to work with.

Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

Decorative Concrete Tips: Accounting for Concrete Color Change with Acid Stain Application

A staiend concrete entryway leads to a beautiful homeMany comments, instructions, warnings, and confused looks surround the numerous ways acid stain colors can fluctuate from one concrete slab to another. Even under the tightest quality controls, concrete reacts with chemical stains differently every time. However, the sometimes-unpredictable reactions are exactly what produce the interesting and beautiful results one can achieve from acid stains.

The Colorspreader from Triple Hard Tools Helps Contractors Stay Safe

As the tool floats, the vibrator distributes the product onto the concrete in an even and consistent manner. The slower you pull, the more material is distributed.Until now, contractors have thrown shake-on color hardener onto concrete mainly by hand. It’s tradition, and contractors love tradition. But by its nature, throwing the color can be inefficient, wasteful, and expose workers to possible health risks associated with inhaling airborne silicates.

Decorative Concrete Tips: Fixing a Crack With Artistry

Concrete crack fixed by adding art.Fixing cracks in concrete can go a long way when you use an artisic flair to spice it up.

Polishing Concrete and Dyes Are a Winning Combination

You lose a lot of the color in the final grinding and polishing with stainsWhile dyes have experienced an increase in market share in the colored concrete industry over the past few years, it's not unreasonable to say they've enjoyed an unmitigated bull market within the polished concrete arena.

Soy-based Concrete Stains

Swirls and spins painted onto a concrete floor using environmentally friendly soy-based concrete stains.Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.

Environmental Issues Can Impact Exterior Acid-Stain Projects

concrete that's impacted by environmental aspectsAcid-stained concrete has been popular for decades. The process of acid staining is well documented, as are the key precautionary items to look for before and during application. Thanks to real-world experience, continuing education and better specifications, issues with acid stains have been greatly reduced.

Stain and Sealer in One by HP Spartacote

Stained concrete floor in a reddish brown with lighter grout lines.Many companies might have been satisfied with creating a successful coating system that has steadily gained in popularity. Wilmer Rowe, chief chemist of HP Spartacote LLC, is cut from a different cloth. Taking inspiration from some of the staining exhibits at World of Concrete, he began working toward creating stains that would integrate with HP Spartacote's polyaspartics.

How Texture Affects Color in Concrete

Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.

Hand Brush Details on Concrete Borders

Rick Lobdell applies acid stain with chip brushOver the last couple of years, I’ve written articles on how I use math to break down design layout and my views of color theory. This time, I’m going to share one of the little details that help my projects look amazing — how to properly use a brush.

Finding the Beauty in Simple Gray Concrete

Simple gray concrete in a hall at the University of Oregon adds to the design aesthetic of the space.There’s something about its weight. There’s something about its economy of purpose, its honesty, and sometimes, its beauty. There’s just something about natural gray concrete. And the longer I’ve been in the decorative concrete field, with options for coloring systems ever increasing, the more I’ve come to appreciate it.

Concrete Overlays are Limited Only by the Boundaries We Create

Step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with acid etch stainA step by step process of an overlay concrete floor with an acid etch stain process.

Shipping and Receiving Ramp Gets Concrete Makeover

Shipping and receiving ramp with a fresh lookAs part of the Aagen Group’s renovation of its facilities in Houston, the Business Flooring Specialists refurbished the company’s shipping and receiving ramp. The ramp was showing wear and tear and also needed its traction improved — especially when it was wet.

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

Water-based Stains: Will They Last?

Floor of a living space has been stained with water based stains in a greenish hue.Water-based stains hold tantalizing promise for the field of architectural concrete, but do they deliver the wearability, durability and ease of application that would help make concrete colored with water-based stains more appealing to customers?

The Nashville Dinner Theatre Makeover on TV and Online

A mysterious woman's profile is stained onto the entrance floor of the Nashville Dinner Theater.Some TV news coverage of the Nashville Dinner Theatre project sponsored by the 2011 Concrete Decor Show The work will be featured at the March 15-18 event.

How an Experienced Concrete Contractor Explains Color Options to Customers

Color in decorative concrete and how texture goes hand in hand with it.I love color. Bright, vibrant, fun colors that pop. Deep, rich tones that soothe. Soft, gentle tones with minimal contrast. Thinking about color always leads to texture, mottling, layering, variegation or marbling. I cannot think of one instance when I would want a paintlike solid color on one of my projects. To me, color and depth go hand in hand.

Materials Made for Concrete Color Restoration

Concrete Coloring material for driveway before and after.Just about any coloring material or tool can potentially be useful on a restoration job. However, some manufacturers have targeted this growing niche with specially marketed materials. Here are a few of those products, with some descriptions from their suppliers.

Newlook International Provides New Magic to Disney

NewLook International pallet of Solid Color StainsThere’s more than one way to stain a slab, and Newlook International Inc. has found a way that is unique. Its products are modified polymer stains that require no sealer and are easy to maintain.

Sika Scofield Recognizes 2018 Decorative Concrete Winners

Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. First-place winners and runners-up were announced during the 2019 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Buckets of Integral Colors for Concrete to Go

Concrete Contractors can use buckets or pails of colorant for integrally coloring concrete.Okay, so now you’re sold on this new color technology but don’t know of any ready mix plants in your area that have the proper equipment to produce integral colors. What’s a contractor to do?

Secrets of Better Concrete Stenciling

finished product of stenciled concreteTo enhance newly-poured concrete or to rejuvenate existing concrete, stenciling is a decorative application worth considering. It may seem like a simple process, but a few fine points separate nice-looking, profitable stencil jobs from the rest. We’ve asked some experienced stencilers for tips to elevate your stenciling jobs from so-so to spectacular.

A Sprawling Ocean Mural Graces an Australian Fish Market

Blue ocean color imitates the look of an ocean reef.Elite Crete Australia and decorative concrete artist Audra Lynch Nanay, of Audra Lynch & Cie, Chicago, have brought the ocean ashore in greater Melbourne. Their ocean-themed concrete mural sweeps across a restored footpath outside of Conway Fish Trading, in Footscray.

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