Acid Staining

Closeup of very realistic, faux-finish, interior "flagstone" floor created by drawing grout pattern on concrete floor with soapstone and acid-staining individual "rocks" one by one.

Closeup of very realistic, faux-finish, interior "flagstone" floor created by drawing grout pattern on concrete floor with soapstone and acid-staining individual "rocks" one by one.

One of the main reasons concrete floors are stained is because paint, even special concrete paint, does not adhere well, or last. Stain, under a durable, clear sealer, does last, especially if the floor is cleaned and maintained. Concrete stains are also chosen instead of paint, or colored epoxy coatings, because their translucency helps make concrete surfaces look like something stylish and expensive, like marble, granite, travertine, flagstone, and other forms of natural stone rather than something just utilitarian and functional. Decorative concrete saw-cutting - or "scoring" - may also then be performed to create patterning effects that complement or enhance this "natural stone" appearance.

Here are some of the most popular Acid Stained Concrete Scoring Patterns.

There is a growing variety of concrete staining materials on the market. Acid stains, and the earth tones colors they offer, are the most popular and provide the most"natural" look of all concrete stains.  But for wider color range and variation, and greater control over detail, tints, dyes and acrylic stains (water- and solvent-based) are also used. To see the basic range of acid stain colors, please refer to these color charts: Brickform E-Stain; Legacy Fresco; Artcrete Faux Brick; EZCHEM PermaPro; and SCP Chrome-Etch.  To view some of the brighter colors attainable with tints, dyes and acrylic stains, see these color charts: Consolideck GemTone; Chroma-Tech Polystains; H&C Dye Stains; and Mason's Select.

We use a range of concrete coloring options depending on the needs of a particular project.

Many people think of acid-staining as a do-it-yourself project, like house painting, and it can be.  But to achieve the natural stone effects that will make people think they're seeing something they're not and to avoid the easy pitfalls that can quickly ruin a stained concrete flooring project, takes a considerable degree of skill and experience.  Premier Veneers has that skill and experience and will bring a realistic, fluid feel to your concrete floor that will enhance the ambience and design you plan to achieve through architecture, furnishings, lighting, woodwork, and paint or wall coverings.

One misnomer about acid-staining is that the products are hazardous to deal with, require special means of disposal and are not eco-friendly.  When following the proper procedures, there is no real risk to the applicator and none at all to others nearby:  acid stains are 95% water and generally contain only 5% or less of a mild acidic solution, which is "neutralized" upon contact and reaction with the concrete.  Also, the metallic compounds most acid stains use for coloring, like iron, copper, chromium, and manganese are commonly found in soil and fertilizer.  Lastly, unlike other building materials, acid stains contain no volatile organic compounds (VOC's), meaning there are no lingering harmful effects after application and installation.