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How to Acid Stain Concrete | DIY Acid Stained Concrete Patio

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How to Acid Stain Concrete. In this video DIY PETE will stroll you thru the method of staining a concrete patio. This is a good weekend mission that’s easy and inexpensive. Your boring gray concrete will transfrom into a ravishing space of your home.

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Degrease and Remove Stains / Paint
Use an influence washer to do an preliminary cleansing of the concrete. Once moist, you’ll give you the option to see if there are drawback areas of oil, paint, or grease. You will need to take away any paint or oil as a result of acid stain is not going to “TAKE” or “REACT” with the concrete in these areas.
Paint is considerably robust to take away. Try utilizing a paint remover together with a razor blade or wire brush first. If this doesn’t work, strive utilizing an orbital sander. The concrete will look barely totally different the place you’ve used these instruments, however will look significantly better than it might if there have been paint or grease areas.

Tape and Mask
After cleansing and letting the realm dry up, you’ll need to tape and masks siding, trim, doorways, and every other surfaces you don’t need to get stain on.

Prepare Acid Stain
Pour acid stain right into a pump sprayer. For this patio, I used Dark Walnut by Scofield Chemstain. This gave the concrete a pure brown coloration. You can use a spotlight coloration for those who’d like to combine one other coloration in a separate sprayer. This isn’t essential. I highlighted mine with Quikrete Coffee Acid stain.

I’d suggest diluting the acid stain in accordance to the producers directions. I blended mine about 1 half stain to 1 half water. Remember you’ll be able to at all times add extra coats to darken the stain. You can not lighten a stain, which is why I choose diluting the stain and doing a number of coats to give me a bit extra management over how darkish the stain can be.

Wet the concrete
Before making use of acid stain, I’d suggest misting the whole floor with water. You don’t need an excessive amount of that it puddles, however the whole floor must be saturated. This helps the stain go on extra evenly and in addition makes the staining course of a bit extra forgiving. For occasion, for those who unintentionally get a drop of acid stain on dry concrete it’s going to go away a extra noticeable spot. If the concrete is moist, it is going to assist it mix a bit extra. I used a further pump sprayer for this course of.

Apply Acid Stain to Concrete
Use a pump sprayer to apply the acid stain. Apply sufficient to saturate the concrete however not to puddle. Apply in a zig-zag sort movement to give it variation and a random look as opposed to making use of in straight strains. (See the video for a greater description). Do not stroll on the acid stain as soon as it’s utilized otherwise you’ll have footprints within the closing product. If you’d like a extra uniform end with much less variation, a second particular person can use a store broom to assist brush the stain into the concrete instantly after you’ve sprayed the stain.
Applying the second coat of stain to darken the concrete up a bit extra. Allow the stain to dry for a full eight hours or in a single day earlier than neutralizing the stain. This will make sure the stain penetrates into the floor fully.

Neutralize Acid Stain
Neutralize the stain utilizing Ammonia and water as soon as the stain has dried for a minimum of eight hours. I’d suggest utilizing 2 cups of ammonia per 5 gallon bucket of water. Once neutralized, the acid will not react.

Apply Sealer
Seal the concrete. I like to use solvent primarily based sealers for concrete patios, however you’re welcome to use water-based for those who’d choose. I’ve discovered H&C concrete sealer to work effectively for out of doors functions. The Clear Gloss model offers the stain a wealthy coloration / moist look and is tremendous sturdy. I’ve additionally had good luck utilizing TremendousSeal 2000 which is obtainable on Amazon. Make certain you don’t seal when the temperature is above the advisable sealing temperature set by the producer. Bubbling of the sealer is one drawback that may happen if sealed when the concrete is just too scorching. If you’re sealing the concrete with a curler and bubbles are forming, you’ll be able to do away with bubbles by working a brush over the issue areas.
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Pete Sveen
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Bozeman, Montana 59715


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