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What is Stained Concrete?

All about Stained Concrete

Stained concrete is one of several types of decorative concrete. The stain is applied to the top layer of cured concrete to create a unique looking surface. Unlike integrally colored concrete, stains can be applied to both new and old concrete surfaces. However, the color tends to appear brighter and more vibrant on newer concrete. Before older concrete can be stained, more surface preparation is typically required (such as removing sealers and oil spots).

Stained concrete surfaces are somewhat translucent and the color may show some variation, especially with acid stains. If you are looking for uniformity, integral colored concrete may be a good alternative. Stains can be mixed or layered to create unique, custom colors. The stains are typically applied with a sprayer, but in some cases they can be brushed or rolled on to the desired surface.

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Types of Concrete Stains

There are two basic types of stains: acid stains and water-based stains.

1) Acid stains

With acid stains, a chemical reaction occurs that permanently changes the color of the concrete. Each application is slightly different and there will be variation in color. Acid stains most commonly come in earth tones (There is a wider selection of colors with water-based stains.)

2) Water-based stains

With these stains, there is no chemical reaction. The stain simply permeates the surface of the concrete and leaves pigment in the material’s open pores. Water-based stains are typically easier and safer to apply.

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