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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.

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.

Recipe: Iron Giant with Acid Stain

Clean the slab with TSP solution and a blue or black pad on your floor buffer. (The type of pad you use will depend on the porosity of the concrete. Don't use an overly aggressive pad, as it can damage the concrete and expose the aggregate.) Do not use muriatic acid to clean the slab.Using iron shavings to alter the reaction of the stains, this recipe is ideal if you're after dramatic patterns and bold swirls of color.

Main Valet Concrete Driveway at Caesars Palace

Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear. Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear.

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.

Integrally Colored Concrete Building: Los Angeles Cathedral

Panels of integrally colored concrete on a steel frame were used in the Los Angeles Cathedral.The Los Angeles Cathedral proves that integrally colored concrete can be used with confidence on even the most demanding architectural projects.

Keep Colored Concrete Fresh and Young

Colored concrete floor that shows vibrancy in this waiting roomHere are a few products that can be used to breath new life into old concrete.

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.

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.

Power Tools Used to Carve Concrete Mural at Trade-show Booth

Steven Ochs in front of his mural that was created for Bosch Tool Company at the World of ConcreteAnyone visiting the Bosch Tool outdoor booth at World of Concrete 2011 could not have missed this tool-carved decorative concrete work created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor.

A Sprawling Ocean Mural Graces an Australian Fish Market

Blue ocean color imitates the look of an ocean reef.Elite Crete Australia and decorative concrete artist Audra Lynch Nanay, of Audra Lynch & Cie, Chicago, have brought the ocean ashore in greater Melbourne. Their ocean-themed concrete mural sweeps across a restored footpath outside of Conway Fish Trading, in Footscray.

The New Age of Coloring Concrete

A pile of colored pencils representing adding color.Hang up the phone if you are one of the many decorative concretists that are about to embark on any form of colored concrete. If you are somewhat new to the whole coloring thing, please give this article a close look.

Recipe: ​​​​​​​Metallic Without Mud

Decorative concrete enthusiasts have their favorite recipes, just like chefs do, and if you ask, they'll share their secrets with you. Concrete Decor did just that recently with several contractors and manufacturers. Here are some of their field-tested favorites.Each layer will soften the contrast between the lights and darks as the metallic surface becomes stronger. This enables the metallic to be clean and crisp without being muddied by other pigments.

New Tulip Trestle Observation Deck Solidly Extends the View

Tracks that lead to the large deck.In the hills of Southern Indiana lies a massive steel and concrete structure steeped in history. The Viaduct — also known locally as the Tulip Trestle, the Richland Creek Viaduct, the Green County Viaduct and officially, Bridge X75-6, according to Bloomingpedia — was once the largest railroad trestle in the United States.

Stamped and Stained Concrete Elevates Vacation Retreats

Vacation homes can have stamped or stained concrete surrounds that hold up to extreme weather conditions and look beautiful while doing it.To say there has been an explosion in demand for stamped concrete or stained concrete is quite the understatement. Homeowners are hiring decorative concrete contractors to color, stain, score, stamp, overlay or otherwise decorate the pool decks, entries, driveways and walkways concrete around their homes.

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.

Using Stencils to Expand Artistry in Decorative Concrete

Applying a stencil to a floor creating an artistic look when artistic talent is lacking.Because their artistry is computer-generated, stencils empower every contractor to create stunning works of art regardless of artistic talent. It is amazingly simple to produce logos, images, and artistic effects with exact detail and concrete industry has an arsenal of magnificent images ready to order.

Attain More Color Variations with Acrylic Concrete Stains

Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids -- but even more intriguingly, the two can work together. Orange, Brown, Green and tan acrylic concrete stain in a geometric textured pattern.Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.

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.

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.

The Rewards and Realities of Concrete Color Restoration

One man's loss can be another man's gain, though, and so it goes in the decorative concrete business if restoration work has a place in the portfolio.Unlike a fine wine, decorative concrete does not always age well.

And a decade or two after the first massive surge in popularity of decorative concrete, plenty of owners of residential and commercial property are realizing that their patterned, textured and colored concrete does not look like it once did.

Backyard Amenity Features Concrete Dock

Decked OutAt first glance, the dock looks like it’s floating just above the water. “It turned out exactly how I wanted it,” says Reuben Keim, co-owner of Keim Concrete in Wooster, Ohio, about his concrete platform. The pier and dock, which sit about a foot above the surface of a 2-acre pond in Keim’s backyard, was fashioned with Proline form liners.

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.

Adding Color and Texture to Concrete Skateparks

Skate board rider using a large concrete tube in an Oregon, skate park. Concrete has been colored and textured.Airspeed Skateparks’ work was featured on the cover of last year’s World of Concrete issue. Since that time they have started incorporating both color and texture into their work, and decorative concrete has become a valuable extension of their skate park design services.

How to Make Your Concrete Ready-Mix Supplier Part of Your Team

Construction crew pouring integral colored / pigmented red concrete into a sidewalk form.Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers can sometimes be put in adversarial roles. Because of the low-bid mentality that still dominates most construction sectors in the United States, trust is not always what it should be.

Pigments for Integrally Colored Concrete

Iron oxide pigments in yellow, red, brown and black.Not any pigment can be used in concrete. The chemistry of portland cement plus exposure to sunlight and weather can cause most integral concrete colors to fade.

Understanding pigments is the foundation for successful decorative concrete.

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