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Staining & Coloring Concrete

Concrete Acid Stain Jobs Don't Get Much Bigger Than This

terracotta stained concrete high rise residential development in Zapopan Photos courtesy of Joe Maty Rinconada Margaritas, Zapopan, Mexico larger architectural concrete exteriorMassive, huge, humongous— pick your superlative, as any or all can be applied to the Rinconada Margaritas high-rise residential development in Zapopan, Mexico.

How an Experienced Concrete Contractor Explains Color Options to Customers

Color in decorative concrete and how texture goes hand in hand with it.I love color. Bright, vibrant, fun colors that pop. Deep, rich tones that soothe. Soft, gentle tones with minimal contrast. Thinking about color always leads to texture, mottling, layering, variegation or marbling. I cannot think of one instance when I would want a paintlike solid color on one of my projects. To me, color and depth go hand in hand.

Trends and Problems in a Weak Decorative Concrete Economy

The number of questions dealing with low cost and easy ways to turn a gray slab into something decorative has increased significantly over the last few months.Today's trend has less to do with any certain product and more to do with a weak economy and saving money. Just like people are finding ways to make their cars go another year to save money, so too are they are looking for ways to make their existing concrete work another year.

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.

Residential Concrete Project Mimics River Water and Starlight

bright blue colored concrete that mimics a river with brown banksMark Womack of Monster Constructors in Fort Worth, Texas, inadvertently became something of an expert when two back-to-back clients asked him for concrete work that included fiber optic lights.

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, Texas

Color-crazy Concrete Floors at The Stain Store in Austin, TexasAt The Stain Store's new location in north Austin, Texas, 600 square feet of flooring in the showroom and tool room was overlaid with Miracote MPC, scored with curved joints, then stained with Mirastain II alcohol-based stain, Butterfield Elements. Stain Store's own metallics were used in the tool room.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

Tsunami-inspired concrete art

Empowering Children a piece of concrete art created by Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor at the World of Concrete 2005Steven Ochs and Gerald Taylor, hoping to inspire others to lend a helping hand to tsunami victims, created this concrete composition that shows the power and determination of children everywhere.

Gil Santistevan, a Master in Crafting Decorative Concrete

Stamping integrally colored concrete driveway apron.It’s more dainty, more elegant, like between silk and cloth with hard-eners. The grays and browns last forever. He also likes to sprinkle color on top of the concrete with a brush to create freckles, just like real stones offer.

Designing Concrete That Is Maintenance Free

An outdoor courtyard had been stained with a topographical map of the world.Maintenance is something that torments most decorative concrete contractors, unless, that is, there is a significant maintenance profit center to their business. In the case of The Concretist, there is not.

Popular Hamburger Joint Gets New Stained Concrete Floor

After three years of spilled milkshakes, splattered ketchup and oversquirted mustard, the carpet in the dining area of the Fuddruckers in Modesto, Calif., had to go and was replaced with a stained concrete floor.After three years of spilled milkshakes, splattered ketchup and oversquirted mustard, the carpet in the dining area of the Fuddruckers in Modesto, Calif., had to go. Franchise owner Kevin Bidlack considered replacing it but knew the fix would be temporary. Three years later, he’d have to do it again.

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.

Using Spray Equipment Can Be A Speedy Solution For Contractors

applying a stain to a concrete pieceApplying stains and sealers with spray equipment may strike the decorative concrete contractor as a convenient, speedy solution, not terribly complicated.

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.

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.

A Pictorial Guide to Acid Stained Concrete

Bob Harris's full collection of books and dvdsIf you want an all-encompassing guide to staining concrete floors, check out “Bob Harris’ Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors,” written by Bob Harris, founder and president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Georgia.

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.

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.”

Botanic Garden Receives Concrete Makeover

Compass rose stained into the concrete with reds, oranges and greens.The project was a lot simpler than the one Baltz ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

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.

Embedded Gears with Faux Fluid Make Unique Concrete Countertop

At the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel in this concrete countertopAt the center of the kitchen space stands 650 lbs of concrete and steel. This unique element appears to be balancing on three steel posts, creating an openness while still defining the space.

Decorative Concrete Contractor Flourishing South of the Border

Stained concrete compass in the courtyard of an Arena MonterreyMexico's decorative concrete construction industy lags behind the decorative industry in the United States, but staining and other techniques for coloring concrete are helping this contractor flourish south of the border.

Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

Polishing Concrete and Dyes Are a Winning Combination

You lose a lot of the color in the final grinding and polishing with stainsWhile dyes have experienced an increase in market share in the colored concrete industry over the past few years, it's not unreasonable to say they've enjoyed an unmitigated bull market within the polished concrete arena.

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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