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Acrylic Concrete Stain – A Basic DIY Guide

Acrylic stains can produce an amazing look on concrete floors. In this article we’ll take a look at the many places you can use acrylic stains, how to prepare a floor for staining, how to apply the stain and a few tips in using an acrylic sealer. When you’ve finished reading you’ll have a basic understanding of what is required to produce jawdropping results with acrylic concrete stain.

Where can you use acrylic stains?

Acrylic stains are great because they can be used in such a wide variety of places.

* Basements

* Garages

* Outdoor steps

* Sidewalks

* Patio floors

* Driveways

Since acrylic stain is resistant to UV rays, heat from vehicles, mildew, acid and moisture it is ideal for any area.

How to Prepare Concrete for an Acrylic Stain

Preparation is the most important part of the process when it comes to staining your concrete floor. Keep in mind that you would follow these steps if you decide to use any kind of similar floor treatment like acrylic floor paint.

First you want to completely clean the floor making sure to remove grease, mold, mildew and rust. This is also the time to make any repairs that are needed to the floor. If the floor is newer you will want to remove any concrete floor coatings that were used after the floor was cured. Once you’ve got the surface dirt off it’s time to use a power washer. Then let your floor dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding.

How to Apply Acrylic Stain

First be sure to completely mix the stain, just like you would paint. Use a brush to cover the edges of the floor that you want to stain, then use a short to medium nap roller for the remaining portion of the floor. Make sure you put down all the strokes in the same direction. Once you’ve finished the first coat, wait three hours and then apply another coat but in the opposite direction. Once the second coat has dried for three hours wash it completely with water and soap.

Using an Acrylic Concrete Sealer

After you’ve applied the concrete stain you’ll need to put down a coat of concrete sealer to protect the newly stained surface. It will also enhance the durability and bring out the colors. Before you put down the sealer, double check to ensure that the floor is completely dry.

To apply the sealer use a pump sprayer – or if you don’t have access to one – use a roller. Rollers can produce an excellent result because you don’t have to worry about mess or overspray. If you’re sealing an interior floor, one coat is likely sufficient. For exterior floors we recommend two.

Hopefully you now have a good big picture of what is required to stain your concrete floors. There are a wide variety of products available and a huge selection of colors. Concrete floors can be beautiful when finished properly. Take your time and do the job right and you’ll be able to enjoy your newly stained floors for years to come.


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