Direct Colors Tinted Concrete Sealers provide a cost effective, easy to apply, one-step color and seal option for indoor or outdoor concrete surfaces. You can use a tinted concrete sealer to restore faded exterior concrete or to quickly add color to commercial floors.
Nothing can beat this product for speed and ease of use. Direct Colors offers both solvent and water-based tinted sealers suitable for any concrete project. Tinted Concrete Sealer is not paint. They remain translucent and do not hide the imperfections in the concrete.
APPLYING TINTED CONCRETE SEALERS
Concrete Tinted Sealer is not paint. Tinted sealers remain translucent and do not hide imperfections in the concrete. The colors on the Direct Colors Tinted Sealer Color Chart have been achieved on gray concrete.
Depending on the existing conditions, tinted sealer colors will appear different
from the color chart on previously colored concrete.
While a pre-application test is always important, it is highly recommend under these circumstances. For outdoor tinted sealer projects, apply a single coat of clear sealer over the tinted sealer for more uniform wear and greater durability.
• Surface must be clean, free of any debris and de-laminating sealer. Power washing outdoor concrete on a low setting will quickly and easily remove any unwanted material
• Tinted concrete sealer can be applied to previously sealed concrete as long as the sealer is properly adhered to the surface and is not flaking, tacky, milky or otherwise damaged.
• When recoating over previously applied dealers, always use the same type of sealer. For example, recoat using a solvent based sealer if that is the type of sealer originally applied to the concrete.
Tinted Concrete Sealers must be vigorously shaken and thoroughly combined before attempting to apply.
For best results, shake to combine in the container, pour the contents into a 5 gallon bucket and mix using a paint paddle and drill motor on low speed.
Solvent-based sealers can be mixed in their original 5 gallon container.
Water-based sealers are preferred for occupied homes or offices and for all basements applications or any space with low ventilation.
Always use caution when applying solvent-based sealers, particularly indoors.
Wear a respirator while applying the sealer and make certain the area is well ventilated to the outside during application and curing process.
The method used to apply tinted sealer depends on the type of surface and the variety of sealer used.
Two thin coats are recommended for outdoor concrete. Apply 1-2 coats of clear sealer over the tinted sealer for enhanced durability and more uniform wear on outdoor concrete.
Interior or exterior concrete surfaces
Solvent-based sealers: 4-6 hours between coats.
Water-based sealers: 24 hours between coats.
Approximately 200 square feet per gallon depending on concrete porosity
Stamped concrete, rough concrete, cultured stone, previously acid stained concrete surfaces
Machine Troweled, Ground, or Smooth Hand-Troweled Concrete Floors
Tinted Solvent-Based High Gloss and Satin Finish Sealer are best applied using a pump-up fence and deck sprayer. Attempting to roll a clear coat may cause color lift and streaking.
Tinted Water-Based Satin Finish Sealer should be applied with a de-fuzzed 3/8″ nap roller. Keep the roller evenly and consistently loaded with sealer at all times during application to avoid roller marks and streaking.
DO NOT apply Water-Based Sealer if the surface temperature is under 60°F with an air temperature difference of 5 degrees or less. Central heating, radiant or convection heaters, or similar heating devices should be turned off during application.
In-floor heating should be set at 60-65 degrees before and turned off during the application process. Do not allow to freeze.
CONCRETE COLOR MAINTENANCE TIPS
• Outdoor concrete requires two tinted sealer coats and one clear sealer coat for added durability and more even wearing over time.
• The clear top coat should be reapplied once every two years for most outdoor areas.
• Indoor floors should be waxed after applying two tinted sealer coats.
• Concrete wax should be reapplied over the life of the floors as often as needed to protect the underlying sealer.
Textured, Stamped or Broom Finished Surfaces
Sealers should be applied with either a pump-up sprayer or a short-nap roller (approximately 3/8″) or less.
For best results with a roller, use the pan grid to purge the roller of all excess sealer and apply with slow, even strokes.
Sealer bubbles, should they occur, can be removed with a hair dryer set to cool or a clean leaf blower set to low speed.
All Direct Colors Tinted Concrete Sealer products must be shaken well before and during use to insure even pigment distribution during application.
Generally, the thinner the application, the stronger and more durable the sealer will become. Applying a thick coat will result in an inconsistent finish with tacky areas that may not set-up correctly.
Allow solvent-based sealers to dry for AT LEAST 4-6 hours between coats.
Water-based sealers should be given up to 24 hours to set-up between
If you live in a humid climate or the weather conditions are damp and overcast, give the surface additional time to dry.
DO NOT walk on wet sealer as it will leave permanent impressions on your surface. Cover your feet with plastic bags to protect your floor’s finish during application.
Indoor applications require either a commercial or residential wax to protect your sealer from daily wear and tear.
Concrete Wax and Floor Polish products are water-based and should be applied using a mop with a hand wringer or with the applicator of your choice.
Commercial wax intended for business use or for homes with indoor dogs and should be buffed after the initial application.