How Was This Concrete Acid Stain Project Done?
By far the picture of a Shawnee, Oklahoma dentist’s office is the most popular project photo with our customers. The floor was designed and installed by Link Cowen of DecoCrete Inc. Mr. Cowen is a professional builder and concrete artisan but that shouldn’t stop a home or business owner from creating this beautiful finish in their own home or office.
Getting Started: Surface Prep and Overlay
The surface was prepped and cleaned using a swing buffer with a 150 grit sanding pad or by cleaning with a solution of water and Simple Green Degreaser. The condition of the floor will determine whether mechanical profiling will be required. A floor need simply be free of debris, level with no holes or broken areas to successfully overlay.
Link has selected DCI Smooth White Overlay for this project and used a pool trowel to apply, leaving half-moon marks on the surface for added texture. Concrete Overlay is specially-designed to produce the most robust reaction and acid stain colors. See our DCI Concrete Overlay brochure for more information and application techniques.
Applying the Acid Stain
Acid Stain can be applied in many ways to create different effects on the floor. Link cut the Malayan Buff acid stain 1 part water to 1 part stain to produce a more golden appearance. Keep in mind that the golden color can only be achieved on white concrete. The stain was applied with a pump-up all plastic sprayer. He followed with a heavily diluted 10-1 solution of Coffee Brown Acid Stain both sprayed and lightly poured on the surface to create the “wash” look of the stain. The darker accents were applied with the sprayer tip close to the surface to produce a “pooling effect.”
Finish with the concrete sealer of your choice. A high gloss sealer was used on this floor. Decorative concrete is both an art and science. Much of the style is up to the individual. Good luck with your own projects and call us with your questions, 877-255-2656.