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Concrete Staining Recipe: Wildflower Drops

Whether it's incorporating homeowners' interests with a custom aggregate or opting for a free-form concrete staining technique to achieve a stained concrete flower design, we hope the techniques featured in each of these recipes will inspire you to try something new.The techniques featured in this beloved annual feature may give you the look you’re after for finishing that one job. Or, they may provide the spark you need to come up with something new.

Factors That Affect Reactive Stain Results

Stained concrete floor that was achieved with reactive stains.Delivering the best results possible is what good contractors strive for, but that is very hard if you do not know the factors that can affect final stain appearance. When you simply applied a stain to a project without any proper surface preparation or knowledge it's not only a quick way for a contractor to be put out of business, but can also give stained concrete a bad reputation.

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.

Decorative Concrete Techniques: Coloring Tips

A spider web pattern was engraved and stained on the floor of this bar space in the Nashville Dinner Theater.Tips and techniques for a successfully adding color to concrete.

Choosing the Right Roller Sleeve or Roller Cover

The perfect roller sleeve for use with floor finishes, sealers, paints, stains, epoxies and waxes.A roller sleeve or cover is commonly thought of as something found in a painter’s toolbox rather than a concrete contractor’s. However, rolling sealants and colors onto (and into) concrete has become an increasingly popular option in decorative concrete applications.

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.

When the Customer Wants That "Special" Gray

Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use.Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use. In other words, we were turning it from gray to “that special gray.”

Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

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.

Concrete Adventures One Small Town at a Time

Concrete room with fireplace and countertops made of concrete. As the concretist, we’ve worked both internationally and nationwide. But some of the jobs are in the smallest, quaintest towns. They might not be major population centers, but the concrete in those places are that much more sweet, The people are warm even while the weather often isn't.

Freeman Justice Center Historical Mural

Arizona Polymer Flooring's two-component Polyurethane 250 as a primer.Even a tropical storm couldn’t stop these master craftsmen from lending their artistic touch to the entryway of a new courthouse.

Maintaining Color Consistency in Large Decorative Pours

Consistent color in concrete from ready mix concrete company.Have you ever gotten that early-morning or late-night call from an unhappy owner telling you that the color is lighter than they wanted … or darker … or does not match from one pour to the next? If you haven’t been on the receiving end of one of those calls, good for you! If you have, then you know what we are talking about.

Recipe: Trash Aesthetic Acid Stain

Acid staining is unpredictable by nature, but after years of experience, several of the country's most gifted artisans have developed techniques that incorporate the stains into tried-and-true effects.Acid staining is unpredictable by nature, but after years of experience, several of the country’s most gifted artisans have developed techniques that incorporate the stains into tried-and-true effects.

Concrete to Dye For

Chemical or acid-based reactive stains color concrete by a very different mechanism. The acid catalyzes a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete, creating a variegated, dappled effect. Pigments in the stain impart color. Colors of reactive stains are similar to colors that occur naturally in stone, so the palette is somewhat limited.Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook Coatings and Stains

Concrete Color Maintenance System by NewLook penetrates the surface to stain almost any surfaceThe Concrete Color Maintenance System, from Newlook Coatings and Stains, is a solid-color, water-based stain that penetrates the surface of porous concrete to stain it to almost any color desired. “It’s like integralcolored concrete, only more perfectly colored,” says Sonny Baird, a partner in Newlook.

How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

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.

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.

Unique Concrete Pours and Cutting-edge Acid Staining

distinctive utilization of natural materials, eyecatching use of glass, and subtle exploitation of polished and unpolished steelTake an older home on the beach in need of radical change. Add a designer and a concrete contractor, both of whom are comfortable thinking outside the box. Give them carte blanche and as much time as they need. Allow their creative juices to simmer. What do you get?

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.

A Concrete Go-cart Track at Legoland

Decorative concrete go-cart track at LegolandThe go-cart track at the Legoland Discovery Center was another challenging, yet fun, job for Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions LLC. The roadway hash marks required him to make a 2-by-4 jig to lay them in an evenly spaced manner all the way around the track.

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.

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.

Why Tapes, Stains and Sealers Don't Get Along

Tape marks left behind on concreteIt is widely known that the decorative concrete industry has struggled with tape issues for decades. These range from the tape tearing when overlays are being applied, or stain bleeding under the tape, to adhesive effectiveness when the tape gets wet.

A Trip Down Decorative Concrete Memory Lane with The Concretist

From floors to countertops, coloring and staining concrete has brought a lifetime of memories to this contractor. From floors to countertops, coloring and staining concrete has brought a lifetime of memories to this contractor. Columnist and self-proclaimed "concretist" takes us on a trip back to some of his favorite projects over the years.

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