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Staining & Coloring Concrete

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.

Get the Golf Ball Look in a Concrete Patio

Concrete patio created by Scott Cohen of Green Scene to replicate the look of a golfball. The high-end landscape design and building firm is nationally recognized for creating custom pools, spas, fireplaces, concrete stamping and staining, ceramics and tile, outdoor kitchens, rock waterfalls and much more.

Beautiful Decorative Concrete Projects In San Diego

Lithomosaic in San Diego sunburst colorful yellows and oranges spoke from the center.San Diego County is known far and wide for its beautiful weather, interesting people and endless summer atmosphere. So it was with great anticipation when San Diego was picked as the site for the 2016 Concrete Decor Show Sept. 25-29 that it was destined to be one showstopper of a show. And all indications point to that premonition coming true.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery Gets the Decorative Concrete Treatment

Floor at the Tilted Kilt that has been overlayed and colored after major repairs to the slab were done.Greg Hryniewicz isn’t a man who sits around and says “better luck next time.”

The general contractor to whom he submitted a proposal for a flooring job at a Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery in White Marsh, Md., was not awarded the contract.

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.

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.

Replicate this Concrete Floor using a Versatile Staining Technique

A recipe to color a concrete floor similar to this photo under a winding spiral staircase around a large faux stone column.A versatile staining technique that creates a rich mottled finish that can be used on either newly poured, ultra-lightweight concrete or preexisting standard-weight slabs — or on a project that includes both.

Revive Color Refresher from L. M. Scofield Co.

A close up look of control joints on a red concrete patio.It’s a fact we have to face — everything ages. And colored concrete is not immune. Sometimes it fades to a soft, mellow color, but often it just becomes dull and lifeless. Or worse, later repairs and additions don’t match.

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.

Wisconsin: Not the Epicenter for Decorative Concrete

bright red and orange coated concrete floor in a specialized auto part store.Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

Enhancing the Beauty in Concrete Blemishes with Polished Concrete

Geometric engraved and polished concrete pattern with gradient coloring.Based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, this father-and-son-led company takes on elaborate polished concrete surfaces as a labor of love.

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.

Concrete Floors to Dye For

Dyes can broaden your color palette, create subtle effects not possible with other coloring agents, and fix problems with acid stain applications.On their own or combined with acid stains, dyes offer color options that allow the imagination to soar. Plus, they can be a lifesaver when your acid staining job goes south.

Is Your Ready Mix Plant Ready for Integral Colors?

Retro computer monitor connected to pallets of pigments used to color integral colored concrete. Photograph courtesy of Davis ColorsComputerized systems make integral color to your concrete as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Finding the Beauty in Simple Gray Concrete

Simple gray concrete in a hall at the University of Oregon adds to the design aesthetic of the space.There’s something about its weight. There’s something about its economy of purpose, its honesty, and sometimes, its beauty. There’s just something about natural gray concrete. And the longer I’ve been in the decorative concrete field, with options for coloring systems ever increasing, the more I’ve come to appreciate it.

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.

Staining & Coloring Concrete
Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Differences Between Integral Colors and Color Hardeners

Screeding the concrete with a 2 x 4Contractors often discuss which is better, integral color or color hardener. Contractors’ creative abilities can really flow once they have mastered the use of both products. This allows them to produce unique, realistic-looking stone, brick or tile and there is absolutely nothing wrong with selecting either or both for decorative concrete work.

A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete treeBeing next door to the Artistry in Concrete competition at the World of Concrete 2015, Steven Ochs knew he had to bring his A game to the Smith Paint Products booth. Ochs, a decorative concrete artisan and chairman of the department of art and design for Southern Arkansas University, presented several designs to the Brunners, owners of the family-run business.

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