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Staining & Coloring Concrete

A Striking Contrast Can Complement A Concrete Job

Waving carved concrete handrails that look similar to bone.Beginning painters get so excited by the smorgasbord of shapes, colors and textures they have been learning that they often try to put every trick they know into each of their paintings. This leads to a hodge-podge with no focus.

Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

How Stains and Dyes Color Your Concrete

Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it's made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.Do you really understand how the products you use on your decorative projects work? One of my “Seven Steps to Success Before You Start a Project” states that you should “understand the products and process.” Using the product is not enough. You have to really know what it is, what it’s made of, how it works, and how to properly use it.

Contractors Have Fun with Faux Textures On Concrete

 faux texturing decorative concreteI got into acid staining as an extension of my former life as a painter on canvas. In fact my earliest works were not on canvas, but on hardboard panels mounted on stretcher bars and coated with plaster of Paris.

Mike Miller a.k.a. The Concretist Inc.

Using needle scalers, scarifiers and diamond grinders, they carved 3/8-inch relief into the polished, gray concrete. A casting resin, which is usually used in sculpture, filled the basin with what looked like bubbly water.Mike Miller, a Benicia, Calif., artist, calls his work "sensory concrete."

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.

Film-Forming Concrete Sealers and Their Effect on Color

Sealing concrete with a film-form concrete sealer changes the appearance of the colored concrete below.If you think clear sealers won’t affect the color of concrete, you’re right in some instances and wrong in others.

Is Your Ready Mix Plant Ready for Integral Colors?

Retro computer monitor connected to pallets of pigments used to color integral colored concrete. Photograph courtesy of Davis ColorsComputerized systems make integral color to your concrete as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Salt Lake City Historical Landmark Gets a Facelift By Way of Stained Concrete

Hallway in an historic building get made over with stained concrete.After decades’ worth of ramshackle renovations and rehabilitations, the floors at this retail and residential complex were in sorry shape. Giving them one more facelift took some doing.

Recipe: Iron Giant with Acid Stain

Clean the slab with TSP solution and a blue or black pad on your floor buffer. (The type of pad you use will depend on the porosity of the concrete. Don't use an overly aggressive pad, as it can damage the concrete and expose the aggregate.) Do not use muriatic acid to clean the slab.Using iron shavings to alter the reaction of the stains, this recipe is ideal if you're after dramatic patterns and bold swirls of color.

Concrete Overlay with Hand Painted Flora at SAY Sí's Front Entrance

Concrete overlay in sea blue by Butterfield Color guides visitors to the entrance of an after school program in San Antonio, Texas.In order to complete the nearly 2,000 square feet of surface area in just one week, workers from Butterfield and Miracote teamed up with local contractors to take on the massive overhaul.

Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

A Decorative Concrete Oasis in the Hills: Griffiths Home, New Braunfels, Texas

Concrete floor stained with orange sun raysDetails Decorative Concrete created and developed many decorative concrete projects from scratch. But the Griffiths Home was different. It contains many interior decorative concrete surfaces already in place, including floors, tub and shower.

Restore, Refurbish, Maintain: Caring for Colored Concrete

Restoring a train station using Scofield Colors.You don't have to stain in vain — restoration and maintenance can fight age and wear on just about any colored concrete slab.

Show Trainers and Attendees Transform Phoenix Children's Museum

Shellie Rigsby of Acanthus Concrete Stain Designs designed and created the Sky Landing balcony stain project, working closely with Kemiko and the exhibits director of the museumWhen the 2010 Concrete Decor Show was over, it left something behind — beautiful and entertaining artwork at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The koi pond mural and Sky Landing balcony are just a few of the exciting new features on which children are playing, thanks to artisans and exhibitors who donated time, materials and creativity.

A Concrete Artisan's Strategy for Marketing Like Apple

A swimming pool with several levels and concrete walls.Cory Hanneman has put a lot of thought into developing a sales strategy for decorative concrete that involves, in his words, “raging against the big-box machine” and its road map of “massive selection and predictability.”

River Scene Incorporated into Building's Polished Concrete Floor Before Building Was Constructed

concrete river in floorA handcrafted 5,900-square-foot meandering river scene incorporated into the building’s polished concrete floor before the building was constructed. Womack also manufactured and installed three different versions of concrete countertops, and finished the exterior concrete with custom pattern mats and a unique stain.

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Concrete Overlay Used for More than Just Concrete Floors

When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.When the Cincinnati Reds had to redo two cracked and peeling dugout roofs, they needed a decorative concrete contractor who could not only repair the cracked slabs, but get that Reds red right.

Going From Good to Great using Overlays and Microtoppings

Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll.Let me start by being blunt. Almost anyone can squeegee down a couple of coats of topping. But overlays and microtoppings are handcrafted, not generic flooring you buy on a roll. How do you go from doing what anyone can do to creating your own distinctive look and giving customers exceptional projects?

Floor Remodel of Craig's Cruisers Family Fun center in Michigan

Frog on the floor of the retail space adds a playful element to the theme park.Ken Miedema, of Concrete Revival LLC, in Jenison, Michigan, was contracted to remodel the floorS at Craig Cruser's Grand Rapids location. He utilized V-8 High Performance Floors products by Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems to achieve several very unique applications and looks.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

Medical Lobby Decorative Concrete Makeover - Modesto, California

Mosaic art placed into concrete creates a focal point of this medical lobbyIn two weeks' time, Julio A. Hallack and his crew of four transformed what he calls a "mail lobby" - a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill 1,500-square-foot space - into a warm and inviting receiving area that everyone who sees it can't help but admire.

Taking a Chance on Concrete Staining, Gaye Goodman, Faux Real LLC

highly reflective teal green acid stained floor.Longtime artist and acid stain master Gaye Goodman, 66, wasn’t always a guru of colored concrete.

She spent the early part of her career creating batiks and abstract paintings. Forms found in nature often served as her inspiration. She finally landed in the decorative concrete industry and truly blossomed.

Pros and Cons of Outdoor Concrete Stains

Concrete patio sealed with two coats combining color and sealer.Of all the different types of decorative concrete, exterior staining is the most affordable. It also requires the least manpower. But this is an article on how your business can be sure to pick the right exterior staining product to create the outdoor paradise your clients value the most.

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