DIY Pizza Ovens for Outdoor Kitchens are the “in” thing this year. Outdoor kitchens and pizza ovens expand your living space and make the time you spend outside with friends and family that much more enjoyable. Direct Colors offers all the supplies needed for countertops, fire pits, pizza ovens and more. Quality products and easy to understand how-to guides and videos make even complicated projects possible. Because of the extreme heat and in most cases, exposure to the elements, it’s important to make the right color and sealer choices for the project. Quality products and easy to understand how-to guides and videos make even complicated projects possible. Here are a few suggestions to help navigate the color and sealer choices for outdoor kitchens and DIY pizza ovens.
Pizza Ovens and Countertops are most commonly colored using either concrete pigment added to the countertop or overlay mix prior to pouring or acid stain applied after the concrete has fully cured. Both products are a UV stable and appropriate for outdoor use.
Customers choose acid stain because they want a multi-tonal, variegated look their countertop. Because acid stain is chemically-reactive, the finish is somewhat unpredictable based on the application technique and the concrete quality. Direct Colors offers 10 acid stain colors but not all can be used outdoors in an uncovered area. Deco Gel gelled acid stain is a good choice for logos, stenciling or artwork. Gelled acid stain can be applied using artist’s brushes so offers a high degree of control, especially on vertical surfaces.
Concrete pigment is a powdered UV stable colorant mixed into the concrete prior to pouring. It can be added to white or gray-based concrete overlay or concrete countertop mix to create hundreds of color options. Concrete pigment is very easy to use and provides a solid color finish.
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Direct Colors offers a wide array of countertop sealers for an gloss level preference. Metallic epoxy is one of our most popular sealers but it should not be used outdoors. Water and Solvent based Polyurethanes are excellent indoor and outdoor countertop sealers with high chemical resistance and durability. 500 Solvent Based High Gloss Polyurethane is our most popular outdoor countertop sealer.
Heat is a big factor to consider when selecting a countertop sealer, especially when a pizza oven is used. Pizza ovens reach much higher temperatures than grills so the sealer applied to the exterior of the oven as well as the surrounding countertops are very important. We’ve put together a list of best practices for the care and maintenance of countertop sealers to help prevent unnecessary damage. We’ve also posted a customer “Q & A: Will hot pans damage my countertop sealer?” to better explain the damage caused by fresh out of the oven pizza pans placed directly on a sealer countertop surface.
The most appropriate sealer choice for a pizza oven would the DCI Penetrating Lithium Hardener Sealer. Because it is absorbed entirely into the pores of the concrete, it forms no membrane on the surface and is not vulnerable to melting or discoloration. Keep in mind this is a matte sealer that affords little or no gloss after application. As long as the other countertop surfaces away from high heat are used responsibility, the sealer of your choice, except epoxy, can be applied.