Research Stained ConcreteCost, maintenance and more
- Do it myself or hire a pro?
- Precautions when applying stain? Buyer's Guide to Concrete Stain Products
- Acid-based stains
- Water-based penetrating stains
- Questions to ask before buying stains Surface Preparation
- Cleaning concrete before staining
- Tips for removing existing flooring Applying Acid Stains
- Basic tools for applying stains
- Secrets to achieving great results
- Six unique looks with concrete stains
- Neutralizing concrete after staining Common Staining Issues
- Troubleshooting common acid staining problems
- Improving Slip Resistance
- Sealer application tips
- Six questions to ask before buying a sealer
Buying Water-Based Stains
If you want to go beyond the subtle drama and subdued color palette of acid stains, then a water-based stain is your best choice. Most manufacturers offer dozens of standard colors, and often you can mix the different colors, like water-based paints, to broaden your options. (See these color charts.)
Like acid stains, these new-generation stains (typically a blend of acrylic polymers and pigments) penetrate the concrete to produce permanent color, ranging from translucent to opaque depending on the product. The key difference is that no chemical reaction occurs, so the color is more consistent. Most of these products are also low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and safer to apply because they are free of solvents and acids.
As when buying an acid-based stain, always conduct a color test first on the actual concrete to be stained, and buy the right amount of stain for your project by checking the recommended coverage rate.
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Buy a water-based stain if you want to choose from a broad palette of vibrant colors.