There are many clever ways to dress-up drab concrete surfaces. You can do everything from painting and staining to applying rocks and coatings. Because concrete is of a porous nature, staining is a very commonly used method of coloring.
Many concrete stains have an acrylic base. Acrylic is a clear plastic that is similar to glass, but much more durable. It is used to make many products, including stains. Concrete is naturally a very durable material, but over time it can be vulnerable to weather damage, mold growth, and unwanted stains. If you want to maintain the integrity of your surface, it doesn't hurt to seal it with a good-quality primer and stain.
Acrylic concrete stains are water-based. Their agreeable nature makes them quite enjoyable to work with for concrete specialists. They can be applied with a brush, roller, or sprayer, and allow for the painter to create any form of design they choose. Stains come in many vibrant colors, and different techniques can be applied to create faux patterns or artistic designs.
Properly preparing your concrete surface before applying a stain is very important. The nice part about water-based acrylic stains is that they are very forgiving. They can work wonders at covering up a previous unwanted result.
Acrylic stains either penetrate the surface and then bond, or they attach and bond to the surface. It is important to know what method your stain uses beforehand so you clean the concrete appropriately. Sometimes, the only cleaning required is water or a citric acid solution. More extensive cleaning methods should only be done by skilled professionals to avoid damaging the concrete.
Acrylic concrete stains are made by many manufacturers, and you can find them in most home improvement centers. Request free estimates from prescreened concrete contractors to stain your concrete surface.
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