Acid Staining is the most well-known method of coloring concrete. It is UV stable and can be performed on interior and exterior concrete applications. Acid staining is performed after concrete has fully cured by spraying the stain mixture directly on the concrete slab. The acid in the stain reacts with the lime in the concrete and changes colors. The areas of the concrete that contain more lime will have the most dramatic change. Once the color is achieved, a neutralizing solution is sprayed on the newly stained concrete and it is thoroughly cleaned. Once the area is cleaned, sealer is added to protect the new finish. Two thin coats of sealer are typically enough to protect new stained concrete. Acid stain comes in numerous colors and is most typically used to change the color of concrete in basements, porches, walk walks and driveways. Acid stain only changes the color of the surface of the concrete.
One of the great things about acid staining is that different colors can be used to create patterns on concrete. A border can be stained around the edge of your patio a completly different color from the main patio area. A specialty stamp pattern such as a compass can be placed in your driveway and only the compass get stained.
CLEANING: Acid stained concrete is easily cleaned by mopping with water or spraying with a water hose.
Pro Dye is only used on interior floors to provide customers with the look of acid stained concrete with a quicker and a neater installation. Pro Dye forms a uniform translucent color on top of the concrete. It will not chip, crack or peel. If you are not happy with the color once it dries, a different color can be applied directly over top of the existing Pro Dye installation. YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITH ACID STAIN! A couple thin coats of sealer are applied to complete the Pro Dye installation.
CLEANING: Pro Dye Concrete is easily cleaned by mopping with water or spraying with a water hose.
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