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Acid Stain Project Checklist

Planning your Next Acid Stain Project

Use the Acid Stain Project Checklist to determine what products you’ll need for your next DIY project. Keep in mind that concrete texture, porosity and conditions will effect the amount of stain and sealer needed to complete the job. Rougher, more porous concrete MAY require more than the recommended amount of acid stain and concrete sealer so use this checklist as a guide rather than the final word on your project needs.

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Keep in mind that it is your responsibility, as the stain applicator, to make sure the slab is ready to accept the stain, whether you poured the concrete or not. Take the time to look at the batch tickets to see what’s in the concrete mix, and always do a sample prior to stain installation to ensure that the color is correct.

Concrete Acid Stain: 200 sq. ft. per gallon applying two coats (more acid stain will be needed if additional color accents are desired) Older concrete may require more stain and longer activation times to achieve a darker coloration.

Concrete Sealer: 200 sq. ft. per gallon (except for Krystal Kote and DCI Lithium/Hardener Sealer)
Decide what level of gloss – satin finish, semi-gloss or high gloss – and variety of sealer (solvent or water-based) is appropriate for your project. Krystal Kote has a coverage rate of 350 sq. ft./gallon and DCI Lithium Hardener/Sealer has a coverage rate of 400 sq. ft/gallon. Coverage rates will vary depending on the conditions of the concrete.

Floor Wax: 500 sq. ft. per gallon (indoor projects only). Select Commercial Wax for business and high traffic areas. Residential Wax is intended for home applications. Lithium Hardener/Sealer applications do not require wax.

Applicators: An all-plastic Pump-up Sprayer is used to apply acid stain. Acid stain resistant shoes will allow you to walk on the floor while the stain is still wet and active. Sealer can be applied with the Padco Applicator of your choice or in the case of the Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer, a pump-up fence and deck sprayer. Floor wax can be applied with a Padco Floor Coater, Trim Pad or a sponge mop.

*For machine-troweled or “burned in” surfaces, use DCI Hard-Troweled Floor Prep to prepare the floor for acid staining. Contact our decorative concrete specialists for more information about your specific project.
Use our Concrete Projects Calculator to determine how much product you’ll need for your project.

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