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Taking the Big Leap into Concrete Color Restoration

Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That's the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.Our world is awash in decorative concrete. That’s the good news. The bad news is some of it is looking haggard or worn. This decorative trend can work in favor of those willing to tap a vast and growing market.

How to Correct Acid Stain Colors on Concrete

Correcting Acid Stain Colors on concrete star engraved into a stained concrete overlay- Stain remains a popular finish, and while the number of problems or complaints has decreased over the last few decades, the problems remain the same, and they don't discriminate between professionals and DIY homeowners.Stain remains a popular finish, and while the number of problems or complaints has decreased over the last few decades, the problems remain the same, and they don’t discriminate between professionals and DIY homeowners.

Decorative Concrete Overlay Transforms Golf Club

Look at the concrete overlay system that mimics a brick paver look.This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

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.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

The Art, Science and Strategy of Concrete Color Restoration

Lap pool that has a restored concrete pool deck.Stained, integrally colored or other decorative concrete treatments will eventually need a freshening up if not a total do-over.

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.

How to Avoid Streaks When Using Colored Release Powder When Stamping Concrete

Colored release powder is a blend of pigments and hydrophobic (water-resistant) powders. Release powder's primary purpose is to allow stamping tools to release cleanly from the concrete surface without sticking.Colored release powder is a blend of pigments and hydrophobic (water-resistant) powders. Release powder’s primary purpose is to allow stamping tools to release cleanly from the concrete surface without sticking.

Protecting Yourself When Working with Acid Stain

Two people in white coveralls on a boom lift acid staining walls.Some materials you handle as a concrete worker can be hazardous to your health, including the concrete itself. Wet concrete can burn your skin, while concrete dust can hurt your lungs.

Acid stain is comparatively pretty safe — but there are still some safety procedures you should consider.

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.

Going Vertical with Reactive Concrete Stains

When it comes to application, contractors lean toward spraying, although some may use a sponge or foam brush to achieve a special effect. Kemiko recommends an all-plastic handheld garden sprayer. Discover why vertical staining is catching on despite some application challenges.

Brickform Redevelops Pro-Dye as a Liquid Formula

With the older-generation, powdered Pro-Dye, contractors have to wait for as long as three hours for it to dissolve after it is mixed with acetone. Now the wait is over.After listening to suggestions from contractors and distributors, Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., has redeveloped its popular Pro-Dye as a liquid formula.

Stained Concrete Floors in a Huntington Beach "Warehouse"

What goes around comes around stenciled stained concrete floor sayingConcrete artisan Shellie Rigsby use decorative concrete for artistic expression. So when installing a decorative concrete floor at a youth center she envited the young people there to put their own stamp on the place.

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular MicrobreweryThere’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

The Value of Color is Important to Concrete Design

The Value of Color is Important to Concrete DesignSo far, I’ve written a lot about math and my love for it as it is truly my favorite part of my decorative concrete work process. Recently, however, I’ve been getting requests to turn my attention to color, which I think would be a nice change of pace. Let me warn you in advance: If you thought talking math with me was complex, wait until you hear my take on color theory. I can go on for days.

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.

How Texture Affects Color in Concrete

Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.Coloring concrete isn't just a matter of choosing pigment, sand and cement. How your concrete is finished will alter its color too.

The Church of Decorative Concrete

This stencil was laid down in the walkway leading up to this church.Many of history’s most beautiful works of art were created for places of worship. These days, decorative concrete is doing its part to beautify churches across the country.

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.

Newlook International Provides New Magic to Disney

NewLook International pallet of Solid Color StainsThere’s more than one way to stain a slab, and Newlook International Inc. has found a way that is unique. Its products are modified polymer stains that require no sealer and are easy to maintain.

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.

artScape Las Vegas Designer Mikhal Zambon

Mikhal Zambon (third from left) with husband and co-owner Mike Anderson (fourth from left),business partner Cheryl Hart (fourth from the right), and the crew of artScape:Las Vegas.For a woman who loves design, concrete has turned out to be the perfect medium. Check out the beautiful work of Mikhal Zambon and her associates.

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.

Water-based Stain Acid Stain Alternative from Increte Systems Inc.

Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems' Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.Developed as an ecofriendly alternative to acid stain, Increte Systems’ Stone Essence is a water-based stain that offers contractors a wide variety of options in regards to both location and aesthetics.

Soy-based Concrete Stains

Swirls and spins painted onto a concrete floor using environmentally friendly soy-based concrete stains.Using soy-based materials to strip, stain and seal concrete can be about as healthy as it gets. Concrete artisan Dana Boyer is selling the soy-based line through her concrete contracting outfit, Concretizen. Developed by friends of hers at New Century Coatings and sold by several "private label" resellers, the products have been personalized by Boyer to fit her vision.

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