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Staining & Coloring Concrete

Stencil Line Targets Concrete Applications

Melanie Royals applied NewLook stain on her stencil that was laid out on concrete.Melanie Royals started out working on her own techniques and designs as an answer to problems she perceived in the stenciling industry. In 2003, Royals introduced Modello designs to the decorative painting industry, a fresh concept she called “the art of decorative masking.” This line of stencils, called Modellos, differed from Mylar stencils in that they are one-time use adhesive-backed vinyl patterns.

How to Create Ashlar Pattern Layout for Concrete Stain

Ashlar Pattern Layout can be Quick and EasyOver all the years I’ve worked in decorative concrete, I’ve done a lot of basic tile patterns. That’s all I did almost every week for three years as I learned to use my tools. I got so bored doing these that I had to find a way to design something a little different but still easy to lay out.

Lafarge North America Artevia Decorative Concrete

Artevia Polish with white cement succeded in highlighting the aesthetic white desired by the artist for this fashion cathedral.Lafarge North America is putting some color in its catalog with its new line of Artevia colored concrete.

Unpredictable yet Beautiful - Meet Concrete Acid Stains

The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What's more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.The familiar mottled patterns of these stains are still in demand. What’s more, contractors have new ways to try for that look.

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.

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.

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.

Cascading Concrete Waterfalls and a Spa in a Concrete Glass

Waterfall cascading into a pool of water below.RicoRock Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential pool waterfalls in the U.S., has hundreds of dealers, but Margaritaville’s owners wanted to work directly with RicoRock because of the scope of the project and the company’s more than 30-year history of creating waterfalls.

Concrete Artists Get a Chance to Create Their Decorative Concrete Dream Project

A 3-D painted concrete fish pond in a restaurant lounge makes and elegant appearance.

In the decorative concrete world, that can’t happen as easily. You get one shot at doing everything right. The interior and exterior must match, have the right scale and the right detail. While the daily work gets done, a part of you dreams to find that one client who changes your portfolio forever.

A Master in Modern, Industrial, Experimental Concrete Furniture

Concrete kitchen floor with circles and other decorative elements stained into it.Dylan Lauger has become a master in modern, industrial, experimental concrete furniture design and other artistic concrete skills while living on a remote peninsula in Wisconsin. Among other achievements, he once designed and cast an 8-foot-long GFRC sturgeon as a submission for a local arts competition.

Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

High-Traffic High-Maintenance Concrete Stains

High traffic and high maintenance area concrete stain alternativeFreestyle Stains are a new line of concrete stains from Brickform. But they are not acid stains, and their carrier is not an acrylic or polyurethane.

Finishing the Perfect Pool Deck

Salt Water Pools Concrete Deck SealerPool deck solutions are discussed, involving sealers, anti-slip additives and deck drains. All three of these items are important for your clients’ overall satisfaction, as well as the eventual success of your installation.

Artisan Jesse Escalera Creates Concrete Masterpieces

outdoor stained concrete floor For a guy who started from the bottom up, Jesse Escalera has managed to make a name for himself over the years through his backyard masterpieces.

The Time Has Come for This Colorful Concrete Aztec Calendar

That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. That intriguing disk is an Aztec calendar colored with SS products. Coyne Edmison, general manager of The Stamp Store, a retailer affiliated with SS, sent us the rest of the story.

Using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete Work

using a Color Wheel for Your Concrete WorkThere 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.

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.

Selling Solutions, Not Just Concrete Products: Southern Color

The fast-paced growth of the decorative concrete industry is keeping all manufacturers on a continual search for better products. Southern Color keeps at the top of its game by holding monthly training sessions not only to teach distributors about the products, but also to find out how they can be improved.Southern Color, recently bought by Rockwood Pigments, continues its tradition of customer service while it expands nationwide.

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.

Rescuing a Nightmare Concrete Staining Job

Polished concrete floor by Julio HallackIn March of 2012 my company received a call from an outfit that was working on a project at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California. They wanted to discuss the issues that they were having with the application of an acid stain on almost 50,000 square feet of floor.

Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items

Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

Museum Exhibit Incorporates Overlay System and Colored Concrete

Salmon spawning walkway near OMSI in Portland, Oregon, made of concrete and concrete colors.Along the Willamette River's eastern shore, where it cuts through the heart of Portland, Ore., there stretches a long walkway, a favorite spot for locals to run or ride along the riverfront.

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.

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?

Awesome Acrylic Stains for Concrete

It's imperative that an applicator knows the ins and outs of the surface that will be stained. Understanding the porosity of the concrete is a good place to begin. The more porous the surface, the deeper the stain will penetrateAcrylic stains are finding new uses among decorative concrete artisans, both on their own and as companions to acids.

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