Category Archives: Stained Concrete

How Do You Fix an Acid Stain That’s To Dark?

stain that's too dark

Question: Hello. Using your Cola Acid Stain on an outdoor patio for a customer and the sample patch was a little dark for their liking. To get a lighter shade should I wash the stain off earlier to stop the reaction, put it on damp concrete, or dilute the stain before applying? Thanks for your time. […]

How To Choose Your Interior Acid Stain System

acid interior stain

Question: Hello, we have a concrete floor that we’d like to try an acid stain system on. It’s for a rec. room, pool table, home theater, etc., not brightly lit at most times. Looking at a reactive acid stain, probably reddish-brown, that would make a marble effect, with glossy sealant. I was wondering if sanding […]

Concrete Polishing Dye – Achieving Color

Concrete Polishing Dye

Question: How do I achieve a graphite charcoal-like color with your concrete polishing dye? Answer: Here is an example one of our customers has provided us. For their project, they used our Black Concrete Polishing Dye along with our DNA Satellite Pads. If you’re trying to achieve a charcoal-like color, you can vary the intensity […]

How Long Can I Wait Between Staining and Sealing My Pool Deck?

Wait Between Staining

Question: How long can I wait between staining and sealing my pool deck? Also, what kind of sealant do you suggest? Answer: Most people like to stain and seal at the same time, although you can come back a week later and seal if you like. If you’re going to wait between staining and sealing, […]

How To Open The Pores in Concrete Floors

citra peel sealer remover to open the pores

Question: Will your Diamond Pads remove concrete sealer so that I can stain? Also, the finisher burned some areas with a power trowel. Will the pad open the pores for stain? Answer: Firstly, If it’s an acrylic cure and sealer that you’re wanting to remove, use our Citra Peel and a Black Pad. Then, prep […]

What’s The Time Window Between Staining and Sealing?

Time Between Staining and Sealing Concrete

Question: Is there a time window between after you stain to when you seal your floor? Answer: You can wait as long as you want after you stain your floor to seal it. Most customers prefer to keep people and things off their floor after staining. Let the stain or water properly dry from the […]

Acid Stain Neutralizing After it Has Dried

concrete acid stain

Question: Do I need to neutralize the acid stain after it has dried? Answer: Acid stain has been around for a long time and is the most traditional way to stain a concrete floor. It reacts chemically with the concrete and then forms a ‘chalk’ on the floor when it dries. This chalky residue needs […]

How Can I Ensure My Concrete Stain Won’t Peel?

Quickly penetrates and dissolves lime deposits, mortar, scale, rust stains, etc

Question: How can I prep my stained concrete floor so the stain and sealer lock in and don’t peel from the floor? Answer: Prep is the key.  Use our Satellite Pads in 30 or 50 grit and a diluted Super Blue Cleaner as you run the pads wet on the floor.   Quickly penetrates and […]