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This is a brand new concrete slab, in an old building, poured with the intention of acid-staining.  We had to wait several months while the slab cured and dried to an acceptable moisture content.

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During this period, renovations and other buildout modifications took place in this commercial project space.  Acid-stained concrete flooring is generally the last work to be done in a building or residence.

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Above left, you can see the first coat of blue acid stain being applied.  Above right, the second coat.  High quality acid-stained concrete flooring almost always requires two coats of stain to achieve the full color.

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The above two photos show the unsealed, blue base color after rinsing the excess stain residue.  We weren't finished staining, though, as our customer wanted accented color highlights.

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We then applied three additional colors of stain - gold, brown, and reddish brown - to approximately 2/3 of the floor, over the blue base.

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The true coloring of the floor can't be seen until the clear sealer is applied.  Different types of sealers enhance acid-stain coloring to differing degrees.  We used several different sealers on our pre-project color samples.

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On this project, the customer chose a high-solids polyurea sealer.  The benefits of this sealer are deep color enhancement, no odor during application, and extremely high durability.

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