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Advantages of Water-based Acrylic Concrete Sealers

dry and wet floor comparison - In the 30-odd years I've been in the concrete industry, first as a contractor and now as a retailer, I've heard time and again that water-based acrylic sealers can't compare to solvent-based acrylics.First hand experience from a concrete veteran about his experience with water-based acrylic sealers and how the compare to solvent-based acrylic sealers.

Dealing with Winter Damaged Colored Concrete

Freeze and thaw effects on concrete stairs from ice and salt.We’re in the middle of another winter season. While it’s not predicted to be as harsh as last year’s “polar vortex” winter, we still need to be thinking about all the possible causes and sources of winter damage and eliminate them.

Fixes for Common Concrete Surface Color Problems

Looking up into a rainbow colored umbrellaUnfortunately, complaints about how color turns out are an all-too-familiar topic of conversation. Complaints can involve but are not limited to integrally colored concrete, color-hardened concrete, stamped and textured concrete and stained concrete.

Concrete Floors to Dye For

Dyes can broaden your color palette, create subtle effects not possible with other coloring agents, and fix problems with acid stain applications.On their own or combined with acid stains, dyes offer color options that allow the imagination to soar. Plus, they can be a lifesaver when your acid staining job goes south.

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

11 ways to color your concrete, step by step how-tosStep-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Unique, One-of-a-Kind Decorative Concrete

Unique concrete home with unexpected angles and texutresMike likes his concrete the same way he likes his breads and cheeses, with every bit of the material exuding something interesting and reflecting the character of the ambient conditions and personalities that shaped it. And he's not the only one who feels like this.

Spray it Forward: The Decorative Concrete Community Gives Back

Spraying concrete as a way to teach the attendees proper technique.Decorative concrete overlays, stampings, fountains and countertops created from scratch. And the best part of all was that the majority of the work the artisans created are to become a permanent working part of Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

Brawl in the Fall Competition has Both Serious and Fun Sides

Brawl in the Fall San Diego at the Concrete Decor Show bright blue colored concrete. Everything about the Brawl in the Fall at the 2016 Concrete Decor Show in San Diego was hot, hot, hot— from the record-breaking 100+ degree heat to the sizzling entries that shaped up in the outside lot during show time.

UV-stable Concrete Dye Brings Coloring Technique to 21st Century

Pink and yellow concrete dye was created to emphasize the flower in the middle of this floor.Traditionally, dyes weren't UV-stable and, therefore, could only be used on interior applications. No longer.

SS DYE-namic from The Stamp Store helps bring dyes into the 21st century.

Stop Concrete Moisture Problems and Concrete Color Problems

Decorative concrete used in an outdoor theme park like setting. Densifiers helped keep staining substances from penetrating the concrete.Densifier stops the deterioration and improves the integrity of the concrete. For new concrete, it is used as a cure. For older concrete, it can be used as a "densifying" sealer under the decorative overlayment.

Become an Expert on Concrete Stains and Dyes

Stained concrete patio that shows blues, greens and reds in a circular pattern."Be an expert." Avoiding trying to be all things to all people, instead of focusing in on what they are good at and becoming an expert in that one area.This thought comes full circle when you think about how it relates to decorative concrete, especially in the application of stains and dyes.

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.

Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Premier Veneers

Jeffrey Donius project - renovated concrete floorA design from the front of a jewelry case in the owner’s family was painstakingly re-created in concrete and enclosed by a circular border.

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in Concrete

How To Apply Glow-in-the-dark Stone in ConcreteJust when you thought you were going to install another exposed aggregate pool deck, your clients inform you they want the concrete to “glow” with stone accents. Don’t hit the panic button if you’ve never worked with a glowing medium before. Glow stones are applied in exposed aggregate finishes.

How the Family Business Turned into Passion for One Concrete Contractor

Decorative concrete patio by Emil GeraYou don’t have to be born into the family business to be good at it, but in Emil Gera’s case, it sure helped. Gera’s father, also named Emil, was a union concrete finisher who would take his son along with him to help on weekend projects. Some of young Emil’s earliest memories involve concrete and a trowel.

Professor Prefers Water-Based Stains for Concrete Public Art

Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.

Why Is My Integrally Colored Concrete the Wrong Color?

We just had a large stamped concrete patio completed, and we chose a light buff integral color with dark tan release powder. The resulting color of the concrete surface looks entirely different from the color we chose -- it's more like an antique rose color. We just had a large stamped concrete patio completed, and we chose a light buff integral color with dark tan release powder. The resulting color of the concrete surface looks entirely different from the color we chose -- it's more like an antique rose color.

A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

Outdoor Patio Complete With Stained Hummingbird, Flower and Vine Design

Outdoor patio with hummingbird stained and engraved on it.Rick Lobdell of Concrete Mystique Engraving in Nashville, Tennessee, is an artist, not a decorative concrete contractor. Still, in his career he has become known as a guy who can take concrete and turn it into an artistic canvas. He did just that for the Perkins home in Franklin, Tennessee.

Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida Resort

2017 Concrete Decor Show Leaves Lasting Marks on Florida ResortThe resort was buzzing with people talking about the improvements that were transforming the grounds and some of the facilities on the resort. From pools and walkways to countertops and floors, projects were conducted by seasoned professionals and completed by novices and decorative concrete veterans alike.

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.

Historical Museum Enhanced by Three Unique Concrete Floor Treatments

Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn't distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.Putting down a beautiful concrete museum floor that doesn’t distract from the artwork is, well, creating a work of art in its own right.

Embedded Gears with Faux Fluid Make Unique Concrete Countertop

At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel in this concrete countertopAt the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel. This unique element appears to be balancing on three steel posts, creating an openness while still defining the space.

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