What is the Difference Between Concrete Dyes and Concrete Stains?
Before you can choose how you want to decorate your concrete surfaces, you must first understand the difference between the techniques you are choosing from. Concrete stains chemically react with the concrete surface, while concrete dyes are non-reactive. Concrete stains permanently alter the color of the concrete, while concrete dyes penetrate the concrete pores which creates a more uniform appearance. Concrete dyes can also be permanent but they do not chemically alter the color of the concrete-like stains do. Ultimately, concrete stains are irremovable, while concrete dyes can be re-dyed or re-colored over and over again.
Preparing Your Concrete Surfaces
After you have removed all the items from the designated surface you plan to color, you will need to thoroughly clean the concrete surface. Make sure to take the time to thoroughly sweep and mop the surface to ensure all dust and debris have been removed. Any loose dust and debris could have a major impact on the finished look, so it is necessary to completely clean the designated area. Concrete can be a tough surface to clean, due to the concrete being porous and holding dirt. Finding the right concrete cleaner will cut your surface preparation time in half. Our concrete cleaners and floor strippers are designed to clean and remove contamination from concrete surfaces. Also, be sure to remove any existing concrete sealers before applying a new dye/ stain.
Once you are done cleaning the surface you will need to repair any cracks on the surface. This will fill in any gaps to ensure a smooth, consistent surface. Allow the crack repair product to fully dry by leaving it be for at least 24 hours. Once the crack repair product has dried, you will then use a floor scrubber to buff clean and buff any remaining uneven patches. Once your designated area is cleaned and properly prepared you are officially ready to apply your concrete dye/ stain.
Applying the Concrete Dye/ Stain
Using an acetone pump sprayer will ensure that you have evenly applied the concrete dye/ stain. You can also use a hand-held brush for smaller areas or tight corners. Be sure to test a small section 1-2 days before coloring the entire area to be able to preview the finished look and to confirm it is the desired look you are seeking. Once you have consistently applied the concrete dye/ stain to your floor you may then apply a second coat to ensure evenness. After the product has completely cured you must then seal the surface to guarantee a beautifully finished surface. Concrete sealers are used to protect the concrete from surface damage and corrosion. Protecting that newly dyed/ stained concrete and properly maintaining it will keep it looking magnificent and will extend its service life.
Dyes and stains are powerful solutions in the concrete industry and continue to thrive in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. When using dyes and stains, practically any color is achievable. So if you are seeking to enhance your concrete surfaces and give them a subtle, yet vibrant appearance than our diverse selection of concrete dyes and stains are perfect for you and your next DIY flooring project!
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