With his day job on hiatus due to inclement weather, Jamie O. of Maylene, Ala. recently became interested in DIY acid staining and decided to give staining a try on his own basement floor. The results were so impressive that he is now thinking of starting his own floor staining business.
Jamie’s success can be attributed to extensive research and quality products. “Before I started I read as much information on the Direct Colors website as possible and watched YouTube videos showing the staining process,” he says. Direct Colors offers many how-to resources including project tutorials, downloadable how-to guides and answers to frequently asked questions. They also sell samples and stain kits complete with everything you need to get started with DIY acid staining. But perhaps what is most impressive is how attentive Direct Colors is to their customers. Multiple times throughout his project, Jamie called Direct Colors and got the support he needed in order to be successful.
Most first-time stainers go for a simple, one-color design, but not Jamie. He decided to cut a checkerboard pattern into the concrete and use three different colors of stain: Cola, Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown. He used a skillsaw with 2 diamond blades to cut the pattern into the floor. Since each square was rather small, Jamie concluded that the typical method of spraying the stains onto the concrete would not work. Instead, he opted for a hand staining technique using brushes. “At first I used a normal paint brush, but ended up with streaks in the finish, so I switched to a sponge brush,” he explains. Luckily, Direct Colors’ acid stains are easy-to-use and fairly forgiving, so he was able to stain over his first application and hide the streaks.
For the finishing touch, Jamie added grout to the saw cuts and sealed the floor. At first he sealed the concrete with DCI Water-Based Sealer that was going to require occasional waxing. Upon second thought, he decided that he would rather have something that requires less maintenance. Jamie called Direct Colors and they recommended top coating the water based sealer with their 550 Water-based Polyurethane Sealer, which provides a protective, glossy, no-wax finish.
In the end, Jamie was very happy with his first staining project and would like to do more in the future. Thanks to Direct Colors’ user-friendly products, in-depth resources and excellent customer support, he is well on his way to being a master concrete stainer.
Cost: $393.65 Project Time: 4 days including surface preparation
1 Gallon of Malayan Buff Acid Stain
2 Gallons of Cola Acid Stain
1 Gallon of Coffee Brown Acid Stain
2 Gallons of DCI Water Based Sealer
1 550 Water Based Polyurethane – 1 Gallon Kit