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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.

New Ways to Sell Stained Concrete in Changing Times

Stained concrete floor in a brown and lighter brown color.The vast majority of return customers usually flow straight into the project’s objective, colors, design, etc., but this conversation was anything but typical. Each time when asked about designs or expectations the customer brought up price and budget.

Seven Tips for Installing Consistent Integral Color to Concrete

Adding Integral Color to Concrete - Maintaining consistent color in integrally colored concrete is crucial during a project using multiple truckloads. Maintaining consistent color in integrally colored concrete is crucial during a project using multiple truckloads.

Beach House Floor Customized with Seaweed Stamps and Acid Stain

A floor in a beach house that has been stamped with custom seaweed stamps.A beach house floor Ralston’s company recently refurbished in Monterey Bay, Calif. The floor’s crown jewel from a decorative standpoint is a pattern created when randomly placed seaweed stamps, made from real seaweed, were laid in a 3/8-inch fast-setting overlay.

Concrete Artisan Finds Decorative Concrete After "Fourth" Retirement

Decorative concrete by Jim Vermillion - Concrete DecorIn his 68 years, Jim Vermillion has mastered many skills: military officer, airline pilot, inventor, seagoing kayak adventurer, business owner.

But he hasn’t been able to get the hang of retirement.

Adding Integral Color to Concrete on the Job Site

Integrally colored concrete with an impurity makes an unattractive slab.Achieving color consistency requires careful planning and attention. Here are some tips.

Acid Stain Alternatives for Concrete

Colors of all three stains can be mixed with other colors before application. You can also layer colors one at a time, depending on the look you're going for.Three more ways to get the look of acid stain without the hassle.

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.

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for Veterans

ASCC Volunteers Create Concrete Hardscape for VeteransVolunteers from the ASCC Decorative Concrete Council traveled to Hanson, Ky. to work on the hardscape of what is to become a therapeutic garden at the Ballard Western Kentucky Veterans Center. Three students from the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University also assisted on the project.

Concrete Decor Show Pro Bono Endeavors Brighten Stay for Families of the Ailing

heart lithomosiac on concrete floor with swirl designAt the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term at the nearby hospital.

Artisan Grows Up in Concrete Industry and Becomes a Stamping Success

Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That's not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas. Robert Salinas, 58, jokes that he has 50 years of concrete experience. That’s not too far off from the truth, because as a youngster he recalls helping to place concrete for the pool company his uncle and father worked at in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

How To Add Dimension to a Stained Concrete Tile Pattern

tile pattern on concreteIn the previous two articles, I discussed my bread-and-butter designs. I probably do one of those designs every other week and sometimes twice a week. They’re quick and easy once you become familiar with them. Practice drawing them on your warehouse floor a couple of times until you get used to the routine.

How Should You Color Your Stamped Concrete?

Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about.Color selection for stamped and textured concrete is always at the top of the list of issues people question me about. My goal when answering questions like this has always been to try and provide good advice on color selection so no one has to come back and ask about color correction.

From the Ground Up: Building a Concrete Home

A compass placed on the concrete floor in this kitchen.In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops. And it doesn't stop there, the entire home was consructed using concrete and insulated concrete forms.

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.

Set Realistic Expectations for Integrally Colored Concrete

A concrete patio colored with Butterfield's Gray Gull.When choosing to use colored concrete on a project, there is very often a discrepancy between the owner’s expectations and the reality of the finished job. Two major reasons for this are that manufacturers’ color charts cannot possibly show the true color, and most contractors fail to adequately explain this to the customer.

When Hand Brushing Borders on Concrete, Don't Stop at Intersections

3-D tile design by Rick Lobdell.Many of us are tackling more intricate designs, such as 3-D tile patterns with multiple borders. With patterns like that, there’s no concrete (pardon the pun) stopping point for hand brushing. Expansion joints help create stopping points but outside of that how can we brush large designs without the glaring brush marks?

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.

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.

A New Way to Look at Decorative Concrete in Art Galleries

Decorative concrete in art galleriesThe finished floor of this art center brings in the arts wherever applicable. The new floor was one of the major changes to the space, and it presented the perfect opportunity to showcase local talent in artists who could work with concrete. Instead of creating a neutral floor, we went for bright and vibrant.

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.

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

Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

Lemon slice lithomosaic, small rocks embedded in concrete to make a shape.“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

A-H Stained Glass Floor System: High-Gloss Film for Concrete Floors

vibrant-colored, transparent, high-gloss film for concrete and masonry floors.The A-H Stained Glass Floor System, from Anti-Hydro International, is a solventbased system that creates a vibrant-colored, transparent, high-gloss film for concrete and masonry floors.

The coating, which goes on in four layers, contains no pigments and creates beautiful colors by changing the refractive index of light, like a precious stone.

Green Alternative to Acid Stained Concrete

For a greener alternative to acid staining, SoyCrete Architectural Concrete Stain from Eco Safety Products offers the same variegated look in a product that's environmentally friendly in virtually every sense of the word.For a greener alternative to acid staining, SoyCrete Architectural Concrete Stain from Eco Safety Products offers the same variegated look in a product that's environmentally friendly in virtually every sense of the word.

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