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Staining & Coloring Concrete

A 26-Foot Stenciled and Stained Concrete High School Mascot

The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team's logo, a giant The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team’s logo, a giant “Chiefs” head.

Decorative Concrete Contractor Flourishing South of the Border

Stained concrete compass in the courtyard of an Arena MonterreyMexico's decorative concrete construction industy lags behind the decorative industry in the United States, but staining and other techniques for coloring concrete are helping this contractor flourish south of the border.

The Colorspreader from Triple Hard Tools Helps Contractors Stay Safe

As the tool floats, the vibrator distributes the product onto the concrete in an even and consistent manner. The slower you pull, the more material is distributed.Until now, contractors have thrown shake-on color hardener onto concrete mainly by hand. It’s tradition, and contractors love tradition. But by its nature, throwing the color can be inefficient, wasteful, and expose workers to possible health risks associated with inhaling airborne silicates.

Teaching Maintenance to Your Customers is Key

A contractor seals the concrete with a roller.From presale to reseal, educating customers in how to maintain their decorative concrete is a lengthy process.

Mike Miller a.k.a. The Concretist Inc.

Using needle scalers, scarifiers and diamond grinders, they carved 3/8-inch relief into the polished, gray concrete. A casting resin, which is usually used in sculpture, filled the basin with what looked like bubbly water.Mike Miller, a Benicia, Calif., artist, calls his work "sensory concrete."

Use Underpainting Principles to Make Colors Shine on a Concrete Canvas

Images on concrete can start from a puddle of water on concreteHow is a puddle of water like a colored concrete slab?

Small Stamped Concrete Project Turned Large

Stamped concrete patio with pergola and fire pit in muted slate colors.What began as the customer’s modest plan for a concrete slab to go under a jumbo-sized hot tub morphed into a three-tier, 2,700-square-foot stamped concrete patio that integrates a spa with two other focal points: an eating area with wood pergola to house an outdoor kitchen, and a recessed fire-pit area with sitting wall.

Reactive Stain on Concrete

Concrete floor that has been colored using reactive stain.It’s possible for concrete to have stone-like qualities without trying to be stone. It’s possible for concrete to be random and variegated like the knots and grain in wood without trying to be that wood. It’s possible for concrete to develop a visually active graphic patina like copper without it being, you guessed it, copper.

Advantages of Water-based Acrylic Concrete Sealers

dry and wet floor comparison - In the 30-odd years I've been in the concrete industry, first as a contractor and now as a retailer, I've heard time and again that water-based acrylic sealers can't compare to solvent-based acrylics.First hand experience from a concrete veteran about his experience with water-based acrylic sealers and how the compare to solvent-based acrylic sealers.

Decorative Concrete Overlay Transforms Golf Club

Look at the concrete overlay system that mimics a brick paver look.This golf course was going to be on national TV, and its owners wanted it to look good. Decorative concrete helped get it ready for its closeup.

Concrete Business Specializes In Innovative Metallic Epoxies

red and grey checkered floor at auto shopFor a man who was an Eastern Airline employee for years and owned his own pest control company after that, he found working with his hands, LEDs and chemicals familiar territory. So when the economy began to tank, it wasn’t that far of a stretch when Clem Carrion founded Visual Artisan in December 2007, a concrete business that specializes in concrete countertops, innovative lighting and metallic epoxies, as well as faux wood and stone.

Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Elegant Glossy Concrete Floor Finish

two-toned color scheme on a concrete floorThis elegant color combination is the way to go for a simple design that calls for a two-toned color scheme.

OSU Further Polishes its Image with Expansion Project

Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016. Ohio State University experienced a growth spurt this past summer with campus-wide new construction and renovations that continued well into 2016.

An Environmentally Friendly Way to Seal and Stain Concrete

C2 Products founder Jim Miller says The Bean is fine enough to get into pervious concrete quickly without clogging its openings, while it is also very stable once it penetrates. "With a carrying agent that's comprised of approximately 60 percent water, its makeup allows for a nice mist on the surface and won't plug the holes of pervious concrete," he says.Indiana-based C2 Products Inc. offers an environmentally friendly, durable way to seal and stain concrete with its flagship products, The Bean and The Jelly Bean.

Conference Attendees Build a Concrete Alamo to Remember

A look at the final conference project that the attendees createdConference attendees got a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate one on one with concrete artist and build the concrete version of the Alamo they would never forget.

Achieving the Look of Acid Stain With a Water-based Alternative

Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.Tucked into the stadium that houses the Detroit Tigers, this sports bar features a lush decorative concrete floor.

A Translucent Dye for Non-porous Cement-based Surfaces

Dye-n-Seal is translucent and does not depend on a chemical reaction. Davis explains that it is much more forgiving than similar products and is very easy to work with, which reduces the workload dramatically.Dye-N-Seal from Brickform is a translucent dye designed to penetrate and color any non-porous cement-based surface. It can be used with or without a stain.

Sika Scofield Recognizes 2018 Decorative Concrete Winners

Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. Five projects that featured products from the Scofield line, a brand of Sika Corp., were honored in the 11th annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition. First-place winners and runners-up were announced during the 2019 World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

Troubleshooting Topically Colored Polished Concrete

I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken.I was recently asked to troubleshoot issues on a polished concrete floor that failed to show vivid color, even after all the usual right steps were taken. It was “The Case of the Disappearing Color.”

Stencil Line Targets Concrete Applications

Melanie Royals applied NewLook stain on her stencil that was laid out on concrete.Melanie Royals started out working on her own techniques and designs as an answer to problems she perceived in the stenciling industry. In 2003, Royals introduced Modello designs to the decorative painting industry, a fresh concept she called “the art of decorative masking.” This line of stencils, called Modellos, differed from Mylar stencils in that they are one-time use adhesive-backed vinyl patterns.

Transformed Museum Courtyard Using Forms and Concrete Stains

Attendees trowel the formed stems of this large aloe vera courtyard.Bob Harris of the Decorative Concrete Institute was asked about his experience training and working at the Children's Museum of Phoenix as part of the Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Recipe: Iron Giant with Acid Stain

Clean the slab with TSP solution and a blue or black pad on your floor buffer. (The type of pad you use will depend on the porosity of the concrete. Don't use an overly aggressive pad, as it can damage the concrete and expose the aggregate.) Do not use muriatic acid to clean the slab.Using iron shavings to alter the reaction of the stains, this recipe is ideal if you're after dramatic patterns and bold swirls of color.

ASCC Council Honors Winners of 2017 Decorative Concrete Awards

swirly floor with with rock formation pathThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, recognized the winners of its ninth annual Decorative Concrete Awards competition Jan. 17 at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

When to Use or Not Use Dry-Shake Color Hardener

Throwing color hardener on concrete.Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

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