Acid Stained Concrete

Natural Beauty And Elegance

Available in numerous colors, American Concrete Acid Stains are the perfect choice for any concrete surface. Concrete staining lends a clean, attractive look to any interior or exterior surface. Acid stains are perfect for high-traffic areas, and are extremely affordable.

The color effects produced by American Concrete Acid Stains are unique to each concrete surface and may differ significantly from each other. Wide variations, mottling and unevenness of color should be expected and are normally desired. To preserve the variegated appearance and protect the surface, chemically stained concrete must be sealed with American Concrete's Solvent or Urethane based sealers.

Luxurious Finishing

When applied to a finished concrete floor, old or new, American Concrete Acid Stains transform an ordinary concrete slab into a luxurious floor resembling marble or glazed stone. Stained and scored, it creates the appearance of expensive flooring at a fraction of the cost. Each concrete slab accepts the stain in varying degrees of intensity, creating stunning, multi-hued color variations and an uneven surface that looks perfectly aged.

Outstanding Durability

American Concrete stains surpass all others in terms of permanence and durability. It will not chip, fade or peel, and will last the lifetime of the surface to which it is applied. Whether working with a neoclassic, Southwestern, Eclectic or strictly traditional decor, American Concrete Acid stains adapt to virtually any setting.

About Acid Stain

Acid Stain is not a paint or coating agent, rather, it's a coloring process involving a chemical reaction on a cementitious material. A solution made with water, acid and inorganic salts reacts with minerals already present in the concrete, and the result of this reaction is color. It works very well on new or old concrete, and we've seen impressive results over decorative overlays as well as self-leveling products. Acid Stain is a very durable product if properly protected with sealer and wax, and it can be applied to both interiors and exteriors.

What makes Acid Stain so attractive? Acid Stain gives concrete a mottled, variegated, marble like look. It creates beautiful colors on concrete, mostly earth tone browns, reddish browns and greens. Never expect Acid Stain to be uniform or have an even tone, you'll get different reactions from slab to slab, and even on the same job you may see different coloration patterns.

Acid Stain can be applied to walks, entrances, corridors, offices, bathrooms, patios, high traffic areas and even vertically to any cementitious surface.

Not every concrete floor is eligible for Acid Stain, though age is not an issue, the shape it's in is. A smooth concrete surface will yield more attractive results than an old worn one. If the concrete is spalled, the aggregate is exposed or has previously been acid etched, the stain may not react. This will cause the surface to have an unusual look because the aggregate does not react with the stain, only cementious materials have a reaction. On some applications where the surface is textured, as in stamped concrete or stamped overlays, Acid Stain provides even more depth of color, larger selection and realistic look to the surface.

Preparations for Acid Staining will depend on the condition of the slab, on new concrete the only thing needed is to allow time for curing, (at least four weeks after poured) and some rinsing and scrubbing to remove laitance. For old concrete, a thorough cleaning is necessary; any dirt, grease, paint, sealer or curing agent will prevent the stain from penetrating and reacting. It is always a good idea to do a small test area first. So before applying, preparation and thorough planning the job is a good starting point.

It is possible to have a large variety of design and custom work with stained concrete including etching of a logo or areas for a darker surface area, or scoring to change the color in simple to intricate patterns. American Concrete offers the following acid stain colors, which can be mixed for a variety of results.