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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.

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 Memories Brought to Life by the Concretist

A blueprint of the garage that was added to this custom homeMike Miller reminicses about the times he was asked to help complete a complex concrete projects from his past.

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.

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.

Soy-based Concrete Stains an Alternative to Acid Stain

SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior concrete wall.SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior wall.

The Elements of Design: The Vitality of Line

Concrete in Louisianna State Museum - Concrete Decor MagazineThere is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

The Acid Stain Looked Good at First... What Went Wrong?

Concrete Acid Stain FailureWe then washed the floor with soap and water and removed almost all of the color. The floor now looks spotty and ugly. Why did all the color come off, and what can I do to make it look like it did before I cleaned the floor?

New ColorJuice System Formula Produces More Consistent Results

The walkway was finished with ColorJuice Exterior Sealer.ColorJuice's new formula combines nanopigments with a lithium-silicate hardener and other proprietary hardening products to lock the color into the slab permanently, even when exposed to ultraviolet light.

Synthetic Rock Features using GFRC

GFRC rock made from panels that were molded from natural stone.Glass-fiber reinforced concrete and other materials can be molded to make rock structures so natural-looking, even Mother Nature will be fooled.

How To Make Colors Pop in a Concrete Dye-Densifier System

A dyed and polished concrete floor.The introduction of dye into the polished concrete industry has expanded the market enormously. The business is brimming with potential. However, we still face the significant hurdle of maintaining the integrity of an exposed concrete polished floor while protecting the dye in it against staining and moisture travel.

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.

Acid Staining Concrete Give Floors a One-of-a-Kind Look

The bottom of this grand entrance staircase has been acid stained giving the concrete a rich look. Integral color and color hardener are still the most common ways to tint concrete. But these days, the buzz is all about acid stain. Because the stain is the result of many individual chemical reactions, the tint is uneven — gloriously so. It can contain marbling, mottling and all kinds of variations in the base hue.

Vineyard-inspired Color Combination for Vertical Concrete

How to make concrete rocks look like a California Vineyard.Give your next faux-stone wall vertical project the look of a Spanish vineyard with this effect from Flex-C-Ment.

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.

Colorful Advice for Your Next Concrete Project

He bought some salmon, sliced them in half and laid them in freshly poured concrete, even going so far as to arrange some of the fish so that they looked like they were swimming up the stairs.“Never hand a customer a color chart,” cautions Lee Levig, owner of Concrete Works in the San Francisco area. It not only may overwhelm them with choices but it may take away an advantage you may be unaware of.

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?

Color Hardener vs. Integral Color on Smaller Stamp Jobs

Integrally colored concrete in a parking lot.As with most things in life, a decorative concrete installer faces many choices when it comes to the products and processes he or she uses on a job. Unfortunately, the choice is often made to take the path of least resistance or buy at low cost versus favoring long-term performance and the quality of the project.

Museum Blends History with Multiple Processes and New Concrete Products

To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.

Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

Recipe: Breathing Light Into Your Work with Color

Vibrant colors applied to a concrete slab.When you have a dark grey slab, you have to take into consideration how that will affect color and its intensity. Most of the colorants on the market differ as much in transparency as concrete differs in color and porosity.

First Images of Finished Concrete Art at SAY Si in San Antonio

A work of art placed on the front patio of the Say Si facility using Miracote and Butterfield concrete products.SAY Si, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas, is getting a decorative concrete makeover courtesy of the Concrete Decor Show, a trade event affiliated with Concrete Decor magazine. The trade show is more than a month away, but work is already underway — and here's your first look at some finished concrete art at the center.

Architects Use Kemiko Concrete Products

Elegant indoor swimming pool deck in a rich brown Kemiko concrete stain color invites.Kemiko products were used by architectural greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright before decorative concrete even had a name. The company continues to thrive and grow with the times.

L. M. Scofield Co.'s 2014 Decorative Concrete Awards

turtle stained into concreteThe sixth annual Decorative Concrete Awards were announced recently by sponsor L. M. Scofield Co. The contest honors contractors and designers who use Scofield decorative concrete materials.

This year, for the first time, the contest was divided into six categories.

Effects with Reactive Stains on Concrete

Reactive stains create unique looks on concrete as the chemical reactions happen.There are unlimited opportunities to create fabulous effects with reactive acid stains. Acid stains are most mutable from the time they are sprayed onto the concrete until the reactive color change develops.

Solid-Color Concrete Stains: The Ideal Way to Recolor Aging Flatwork

A solid-color stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.A solid-color concrete stain might be described as a cross between a coating and a stain, with the opaque solid color reminding one of a coating and the penetrating properties being more like a stain.

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