Day 7: How Was This Concrete Acid Stain Project Done?
By far the picture of a Shawnee, Oklahoma dentist’s office is the most popular concrete acid stain 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 80-grit sanding pad and cleaned with a solution of water and DCI Concrete Degreaser and Cleaner. The condition of the floor will determine whether mechanical profiling will be required. A floor needs to be free of debris, including glue, paint, dry wall mud or similar contaminants, level with no holes or broken areas to successfully overlay. Holes or cracks can be patched using DCI Patching Compound.
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 How to Apply Concrete Overlay 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 2 parts water to 1 part stain to produce a more golden appearance. Keep in mind that the golden color can only be achieved by diluting the stain when applied to overlay. For best results, apply overlay to a sample board and test the stain dilutions before beginning the actual project. 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.”
Choosing a Concrete Sealer
Finish with the concrete sealer of your choice. AC 1315 High Gloss Sealer was used on this floor and waxed using a high solids acrylic Commercial Floor Wax and Polish. Select the right sealer for your lifestyle and preferred gloss level. For example, floors with particularly high traffic or large dogs should be sealed with an acrylic sealer and waxed with commercial wax. Customers looking for a low maintenance option and lighter traffic could select from among our no wax sealer options including our 550 Water Based Polyurethane Sealers or the higher gloss, DCI Single Component Polyurea.
Decorative concrete is both an art and science. Much of the style is up to the individual. Questions about how to recreate this concrete acid stain project at your home or business? Call us at 877-255-2656 or send us a design consultation with your project details. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Products Recommended for Acid Stained Floors
DCI Acrylic Floor Wax Stripper
Easily, Safely Remove Floor Wax Build Up Without Damaging Concrete Sealer
550 Water Based Matte Polyurethane Concrete Sealer
Highly Durable, Matte Finish, Two-Part Polyurethane for Floors and Countertops
DCI Single Component Polyurea Concrete Sealer
Easy to Apply, High Gloss, Durable Single Component Concrete Sealer
Large Concrete Acid Stain Sample Kit
Perfect for testing and small jobs - includes 1 qt. of each color
Floor Trim Pad Refills
Excellent for edging and cutting in floors, use with water and solvent-based sealers
Floor Trim Pads
For use with sealers and waxes, excellent for smaller projects
Concrete Sealer Repair
Correct sealer imperfections with this easy to use coating repair
Slip Resistant Concrete Sealer Additive
Finely ground powdered material added to the final sealer coat for slip resistance
Add On for DIY Acid Stain Kit
Add an additional gallon of stain and sealer to your DIY kit
Sprayable Satin Finish Concrete Sealer
Easy to Apply. Preferred choice for exterior concrete.
DCI Tinted Concrete Sealer
One-step Color and Seal Option for Indoor/Outdoor Concrete
Sample Size DCI Penetrating Lithium Based Sealer Hardener
Perfect for polished countertops, small projects and testing.
Sample Size Krystal Kote Sealer
Perfect for Small Projects, Concrete Décor and Testing
Sample Size DCI Water Based Concrete Sealer
Perfect for smaller projects, concrete decor and testing
Sample Size Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer
Perfect for small projects and testing.
Sample Size AC 1315 High Gloss Sealer
Perfect for Small Projects, Testing and Touch-ups