DCI Concrete Dye is a great problem solver for acid stained concrete that requires a touch up or accents to blend in flaws or discoloration left behind by poor surface preparation. A customer contacted us about her acid stained driveway. The concrete was very porous and the stain just didn’t turn out the way she’d hoped. She originally applied the Desert Amber and Coffee Brown Acid Stains and liked the color but the surface looked “spotty.” The color needed to flow together better to create a more evenly distributed look but without being overly dark. The driveway and walkways had been sealed twice but due to the porosity, it still looked dull. She wanted to change the appearance but wasn’t sure what to do. We recommended applying two DCI Concrete Dye colors – Coffee Brown and Sepia – to blend in the tones while keeping with the original color scheme. Concrete dye is mixed with acetone and applied with an acetone–rated sprayer. She just sprayed accents where needed to even out colors and used a gallon of each color on the walkways and driveway.
Finally, she applied two coats of Sprayable Satin Finish concrete sealer. Because the concrete dye dries so quickly, the whole project took an afternoon to complete and the driveway/walkway looks great. If you have “problem concrete” and don’t know what do to, call Direct Colors at 877-255-2656 and speak to a real person for help. We’ll be happy to find a solution with you. Prefer email? Send us a design consultation by email and we’ll get an project recommendation to you within 24 hours for most inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you!