acid stain concrete


i'd love to learn how to do this for my own house (small bathrooms). does anyone have any experience in this? i've seen a few do it yourself books / tapes on the internet, but wonder if it's something that i should only let a professional do? i've seen it in a few homes and really like it a lot.
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what is acid stain concrete
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http://www.fabcrete.com/Acid%20concrete%20stain.html#stoup2
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It's hard work, but you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do it. My husband and I did our house (2 br, 1200sq. ft.) and it is the icing on the cake. We scored lines and made it look like patterned stone or large tiles. It's tedious, hard work, but do-able. Perry

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It looks great .
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tiles.
how did you learn how to do it?
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Im sure its something you could do, the Co will guide you. It looks like a good product.
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Please post some pictures and tell us which product you used.
Pj
On Thu, 8 Jul 2004 17:39:19 -0500, "Perry Templeton"

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We used Kemico product on our big front pourch, was going to tile but decided to stain due to cost of tiling. Besides smal cracks in tile look not so good, Small cracks in stained concrete look as if part of the design. Looks natural. I tried using a stain product that was nothing more than paint stain for concrete on another project, showed worn places after a while and other problems.
Using the acid stain, applying with a pump sprayer lightly, checking stain darknes and applying more after couple of days if not dark enough. Then used an approriate solvent based sealer for the outside, hold up great. (if using indoors in a non wet environement use a non solvent based sealer should be OK and not have the fumes) I used a used cleaned paint roller I saved, lined a paint tray with foil very tightly. rolled on two coats of sealer (used the gloss) looks great. After finished, removed the roller took up the foil carefully and wrapped the roller with and disposed of, no messed up tray.
Need to wait at least around 45 days for new concrete Do not use on concrete that has slag waste (or whatever they call it) added as a filler (came accross this once). Will react with stain and may not produce desired results, can go completely black no matter what the color used. Do not acid wash the concrete to clean, the acid stain works by reaction from the compounds in the acid stain with compounds in the concrete to produce the spcified color, Acid washing reduces or eliminates the ability of the acid stain to color the concrete. We had acid washed our pourch once before but very lightly so we were able to get it to work. Another thing we made a mistake on our first try, Seemed to be too light so put more stain on, after selaing turn a lot darker but was still OK but was a lot darker. Also the stain is not going to go on solid, will vary with a marbiling effect, will depend on the concrete being applied to and can produce different patterens and color differences for each different concrete applied to creating sometimes unpredictable results but all I have seen are very good. It is this effect that resembles more natural stone appearance that is desired with this type of stain. Also do not be alarmed if the color of the stain is green and use wanted black, color of stain does not indicate color when reacting with the concrete.
Kemico had paper on applying and also had a vedio tape, did not get the tape and still did OK. good info on their web site also.
Hope that all helps.
We are planning on using this on our new patio going in, creating a dimond cross hatch groved patteren with about an 8 inch border. Border will be black stained, Blocks will alternate tan and cola stain colors (not sure if exat name of the colors)
Also going to use on a concrete retaining wall, several concrete scultpures we got for our patio including concrete planters (after staining then appying the sealer will help better seal against water damage (several coats) At least I hope so.
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