The Great Wall of Glenoma
Easy, Color Rich Acid Stain for Concrete Retaining Walls
Why Direct Colors?
“We looked into different staining methods and decided on the acid stain for longevity and virtually no maintenance. We talked to different companies and had very good luck with Direct Colors Inc. They were very helpful on the phone on how to apply and had a very good price on the stain. We went with the Cola Concrete Acid Stain and the Sprayable Satin Finish Sealer.”
Larry and Tina had just purchased some new property, but needed to build a retaining wall. Once the wall was built, they thought it would look better if they colored it somehow. Here’s their acid staining concrete retaining walls story in their own words:
“We bought a few acres of property, which is a south face and nice view, but is on a bit of a slope. We decided we needed to cut into a bank and needed a retaining wall. We found a company that made 300-lb. ecology blocks nearby, so we decided to make the retaining wall out of them.
“We used about 160 blocks — 4′ x 2.5′ x 2′ — to make the wall. When it was finished, it looked good, but we decided if we could color the wall, it would not look so commercial.
“We looked into different staining methods and decided on the acid stain for longevity and virtually no maintenance. We talked to different companies and had very good luck with Direct Colors Inc. They were very helpful on the phone on how to apply and had a very good price on the stain.
“We went with the Cola color acid stain with the sprayable satin finish acrylic sealer.
“We let the blocks cure for three months and then pressure-washed them to make sure they were clean. Three days later, we sprayed the blocks with the acid stain.
“We used a cheap sprayer and a stiff long-handled brush. My wife and I were able to apply all the acid stain in two hours. One of us would spray and the other would brush the stain in. We then let it set for another two hours, and then applied soda water with the sprayer to neutralize the acid.
“We had a nice hot day, so the next day I sprayed the sealer, which was very easy. I did both applications in the morning when it was cool, so when the day warmed up, the drying was very fast.
“We are absolutely satisfied with our acid staining concrete retaining walls result and get many compliments. We call our work the Great Wall of Glenoma for the little town it is located in. The wall now blends in with the hillside and doesn’t look commercial.”
Thank you. Larry and Tina