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Testing Acid Stains for Reactivity and Color Development
Not all concrete is created equal. Age, weathering, concrete additives, finish and cleaners can affect how acid stain or deco gel will react with your concrete. Acid Stain and Deco Gel are available in individual samples and kits for testing or smaller projects. After reading over the first page of the How to: Applying Acid Stain Guide, you’re ready to conduct your sample test.
Select an area on the concrete such as a closet, an area where appliances will be placed or the underside of a countertop piece to test your deco gel or acid stain sample. The test must be conducted on the concrete to be stained for it to reliably determine how the stain will later perform. Apply the gel or acid stain sample according to the instructions and allow to process on the concrete. Keep in mind that older slabs (10 years or older) will likely need longer than the minimum activation time to develop rich color so leave the stain on 2-3 hours more in this instance. Concrete Countertops poured on melamine should be sanded with a 200-grit pad before testing to ensure the stain can readily absorb for a robust reaction. If you’re working with concrete decor items, test on the bottom of the statue or fountain whenever possible.
Direct Colors How-to Videos
Direct Colors offers several how-to videos to help our DIY customers do their best work the first time. You’ll find acid stain and deco gel videos featuring indoor and outdoor floor and concrete decor applications.
What’s Your Project?
Direct Colors provides several how-to guides and DIY tutorials for specific concrete projects. Check out the details before you begin because some projects have special considerations that can be easily overlooked.
• How to: Acid Staining a Patio
• How to: Acid Staining Concrete Floors
• How to: Acid Staining Basement Floors
• How to: Acid Staining Garage Floors
• How to: Acid Staining Concrete Countertops
• How to: Applying Stain and Sealer in the Summer
• How to: Caring for Acid Stained Floors
• How to: Marbled Look with DCI Acid Stain