Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Can I use Concrete Camouflage concrete stains on acid cleaned concrete?

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Q. -  can i use the stain if i have used a acid cleaner to clean the floor

Hello Dan,
 
   Once you've used an acid cleaner or acid etching product on concrete, then all standard grade concrete acid stains will be rendered ineffective. However, the Artist grade concrete stain by Concrete Camouflage will still stain the concrete in most cases, though it will also be diminished in it's effectiveness and capacity to stain as rich of a color as it otherwise would have. Which may mean that you will need to do more than one coat to achieve what you would have achieved had you not used an acid cleaner. People all across the U.S. are using the Artist grade stain by Concrete Camouflage on acid cleaned/etched concrete with very satisfactory results. Many achieve the look they desire with only one coat, still though, some do have to do more coats to reach the color richness desired, as mentioned before. You may want to do a small test spot in an out of the way place to be sure of both stain reactiveness and the color you'll achieve, along with determining whether you'll need multiple coats or if one coat will still do.
   That's the long answer. The short answer is yes, the Artist grade concrete stains by Concrete Camouflage will still most likely stain your acid treated concrete.
 
I hope this helps
 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Will the concrete stain fade on exterior concrete in full sun?

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Q. -  DOES YOUR PRODUCT FADE? IF SO, HOW LONG WILL IT LOOK NOT FADED? THE STAINED CONCRETE WILL BE IN FULL SUN AND SHADE ON THE SAME PATIO. WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM? AGAIN FADING? THANK YOU, ROB
Hello ROB,
 
   The Concrete Camouflage brand of concrete acid stains will not fade. However, if you leave the concrete unsealed then the area exposed to the sun and elements will experience surface erosion, which will eventually cause the exposed area to appear as if it's fading or going away. Because as concrete stains are a surface treatment, when the concrete's surface slowly erodes away, the stain will go with it. If on the other hand, you do seal it and maintain the sealer as needed, (which is typically every few years +/- on exterior and exposed concrete), then the concrete's surface will remain intact and the colors will remain indefinitely.
 
Thank You for Your interest in Concrete Camouflage
 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Should I use a Concrete Acid Stain or an acrylic stain on my painted porch?

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   Q. -  Hi, I am interested in staining my exterior concrete front porch. It is protected by an awning and has been stripped and painted. It was recently stripped of oil based primer and paint and is clean and ready to go-do you recommend additional cleaning for painted and stripped surfaces? I have been comparing acrylic and acid based stains and am looking for a permanent color that will not peel! The porch surface is old and smooth-will acid stain penetrate? I am looking at the Artist Grade Coffee or Brownstone. Thanks! Kathy 

Hello Kathy,
 
   A. -  Acrylic stains are only disguised concrete paints and they will peel. Acrylic stains are using the term "concrete stain" to peddle their junk products and are only intended to extract your cash. So, if you use an acrylic stain, no matter what anyone tries to tell you, you will eventually end up with a mess to deal with and they will have successfully separated you from your cash both now and later.
 
   Concrete acid stain is the only true "concrete stain". It is to concrete like wood stain is to wood, and it will never peel. You must have removed all the paint and mess from your concrete, including out of the pores, in order for concrete stain to work. A good test is to pour water on it. If the water soaks right in then the stain should also. If the water beads up or just kinda sits there a while without readily soaking in, then so will the stain. Once you have it ready, you can final clean with a power washer or a hose and scrub brush. You should final clean with a good soap and water, like T.S.P.(tri-sodium-phosphate) and then final rinse a couple times and allow to dry.
 
I hope this helps