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Decorative concrete training classes are a great way to learn what can be done with stains and dyes. Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, GA.

Deeper color effects can be achieved by mixing two or more stain colors before application or applying one color over another. Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, GA.

Of course, this will be your most important consideration, equal in priority to the decision a painter makes when choosing between water colors, acrylics, or oil-based paints, knowing that each will impart color to the bare canvas but with strikingly different results.

Before making this decision, it's wise to experiment with stain and dyes and the various application methods so you know what effects are possible with each medium. Decorative concrete training classes on applying topical color are a great way to learn what you can do with stains and dyes and give you the opportunity to experiment with combining or layering different mediums to achieve special effects. (Visit our concrete products section to locate companies that sell concrete stains and offer training classes)

When weighing your options, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • With acid-based chemical stains, wide color variations are normal. Surfaces will have a mottled, variegated appearance, and the variations will be emphasized when a clear sealer is applied.
  • Some acid stain colors are deceiving in liquid form. For example, a stain may look dark green in its container but will take on its actual color (such as a reddish brown) after it has reacted with the concrete surface. The stain may not reveal its true color until it has been allowed to remain on the concrete for several hours or longer.
  • Although acid stains are available in limited color selections, you can mix two or more stain colors before application to achieve a different shade or apply one color over another. You can also produce deeper color effects with a stain by making two applications.
  • Water-based stains can also be mixed to achieve custom hues and often are used in conjunction with acid stains to add highlights or expand the color palette. But be sure to check with the manufacturer for compatibility.
  • Most dyes are packaged in concentrated form (either as a liquid or powder, depending on the product), allowing flexibility in the end color. They can be used full strength to attain greater depth of color or diluted with water or solvents to produce paler shades or simply a light wash of color. You can also blend different colors of dye to produce custom hues.
  • If you'd rather not experiment with mixing different colors of stains or dyes, many manufacturers will offer custom color matching for an additional fee.

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Vintage America Acid Stain Organic, antique patina, deep penetrating reactive stain.
Acid Stain by Surfkoat Makes up to 2 gallons. Great for marble look.
Concrete Acid Stain Permanent lasting color transforms concrete into stunning elegance.
Stain-Crete by Increte 9 standard colors. Useful for old or new concrete.
Water Based Concrete Stain Environmentally safe alternative to reactive stains
Renaissance Stain Discounts available for contractors. Up to 10%.
Reactive Concrete Stain Ready to use. Produces translucent, variegated, and other effects.
Stone Tone Stain 10 color options. Resistant to chipping and fading.
Concrete Acid Stain BRICKFORM Blush-Tone Acid Stain available in 10 standard colors

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