F.A.Q

Acid Stain Frequently Asked Questions

WILL ACID STAIN HIDE ANY IMPERFECTIONS ON THE FLOOR?

NO IT WILL ENHANCE ANY FLAWS ON THE SURFACE.

HOW DO I MAINTAIN MY STAINED FLOOR?

TO CLEAN INTERIOR FLOORS, A VINEGAR AND WATER SOLUTION WORKS WELL FOR MOPPING. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO APPLY AN ACRYLIC FLOOR FINISH OR WAX PERIODICALLY TO REJUVENITE THE FLOOR AND ACT AS AN ADDITIONAL WEARING SURFACE. FOR EXTERIOR APPLICATIONS, THE SURFACE SHOULD BE RINSED AND CLEANED OFTEN AND RESEALED EVERY 1-1/2 TO 2 YEARS.

WHAT FLOOR PREP IS NEEDED BEFORE APPLYING STAIN?

THE CONCRETE MUST NOT BE ACID WASHED PRIOR TO APPLYING STAIN. THE FLOOR MUST BE CLEAN AND FREE OF ALL DEBRI INCLUDING PAINT, DRY WALL COMPOUND AND ANY GLUE. YOU MAY PATCH ANY CRACKS IN THE SLAB WITH A GOOD QUALITY CONCRETE PATCH, BUT KEEP IN MIND THE PATCHED AREAS WILL NOT STAIN EXACTLY THE SAME AND MOST LIKELY WILL STAND OUT. FOR SMALLER CRACKS IT’S GENERALLY BETTER NOT TO PATCH THE CRACKS, AS THE CRACKS ACTUALLY ADD CHARACTER TO THE FLOOR.

WHAT SEALER SHOULD BE USED OVER ACID STAIN?

THERE ARE MANY OPTIONS OF SEALERS AND EACH ONE IS DESIGNED FOR A SPECIFIC USE. FOR EXTERIOR APPLICATIONS A WATER BASED OR SOLVENT BASED ACRYLIC IS SUFFUCIENT, KEEP IN MIND SOLVENT BASED ACRYLICS WILL TEND TO DARKEN THE SURFACE. IF THERE IS ANY CONCERN FOR A SLIPPERY SURFACE THERE ARE ANTI SLIP ADDITIVES THAT CAN BE ADDED TO THE SEALER. FOR HIGH TRAFFIC INTERIOR FLOORS A TWO COMPENENT EPOXY OR URETHANE IS RECOMMENDED ALONG WITH A GOOD MAINTENANCE PROGRAM.

CAN I BLEND COLORS TO GET DIFFERENT COLORS?

THESE ARE NOT PAINTS SO DON’T EXPECT TO BLEND THEM LIKE A PAINT. MOST PEOPLE USE DILUTIONS OF THE STAIN TO GET VARIOUS SHADES. ALWAYS TEST IN AN OUT OF THE WAY AREA TO VERIFY RESULTS.

HOW LONG WILL AN ACID STAIN FLOOR LAST?

ACID STAIN UNLIKE PAINT ACTUALLY PENETRATES INTO THE SURFACE AND CHEMICALLY CHANGES THE COLOR OF THE CONCRETE SO IT WILL NOT PEEL OR CHIP. CONCRETE IT SELF WILL WEAR OVER TIME ESPECIALLY IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP A GOOD SEALCOAT ON THE SURFACE TO ACT AS A WEARING SURFACE. ULTIMATELY A STAINED FLOOR COULD LAST FOREVER IF PROPERLY CARED FOR.

WHERE CAN ACID STAIN BE USED?

ACID STAIN CAN BE USED ON ALMOST ANY CEMENTISOUIS SURFACE, INCLUDING INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR FLOORS. IT IS NOT RECOMENDED HOWEVER TO USE GREENS OR BLUES ON EXTERIOR SURFACES.

WILL MY FLOOR MATCH THE COLOR CHART?

EVERY PIECE OF CONCRETE IS DIFFERENT AND WILL EXCEPT THE STAIN DIFFERENTLY SO IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY IT WILL MATCH PERFECTLY.THE COLOR CHART SHOULD ONLY BE USED TO GET A GENERAL IDEA OF THE COLOR.

HOW LONG HAS ACID STAIN BEEN AROUND?

ACID STAINED FLOORS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED FOR SEVERAL DECADES, MOSTLY IN HIGH END HOMES AND RESTURANTS, HOWEVER WITHIN THE LAST 5 YEARS THE POPULARITY HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY.


Surface Preparation Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR STAMPABLE OVERLAYS?

Surfaces need to be mechanically ground or chemically etched

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR NEW CANVAS?

Surfaces need to be mechanically ground or chemically etched.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR U.V. STABLE DYES?

The surface should be free of all paint, sealers, curing agents, grease etc. Surfaces may be ground or etched.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR ENVIRO STAIN/EARTH STAIN?

Surfaces need to be mechanically ground or chemically etched.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR EZ DECK?

Surfaces need to be mechanically ground or chemically etched.

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR BEFORE I APPLY EPOXIES?

Surfaces that will be receiving an epoxy coating need to be 1) Mechanically ground, or 2) Chemically etched

HOW DO I PREPARE MY FLOOR FOR CHEMICAL/ACID STAINS?

Surfaces need to be free of all paint, sealers, grease, curing agents etc. Products containing acid must not be used in the cleaning process. Surface grinding is not recommended.