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Old 08-08-2009, 01:29 PM   #1
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Pulled up all my carpet, I'm going to stain the concrete it has paint spots on it. The paint spots are, I'm guessing 25 years old.
I want something easy and fast or will it just stain the paint spots?
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Pulled up all my carpet, I'm going to stain the concrete it has paint spots on it. The paint spots are, I'm guessing 25 years old.
I want something easy and fast or will it just stain the paint spots?
I need help.
For easy & fast, call to have carpet installed! Just kidding. I've used everything from rub bricks, paint thinner, paint scrapers, all the way to big grinding stones mounted to our finishing machine. I don't think your going to find anything that's going to take paint off of the concrete instantly. Every way I know of involves some level of elbow grease.

If you're using a reactive stain, definately don't try using any muriatic acid.

Also, if you have pvc plumbing pipes in your house, you should know that there may be glue stains lurking in your floor that don't show up until AFTER you stain.

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Old 08-08-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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I want something easy and fast...
That's a laughable sign of the times. And usually results in a less than acceptable result.

Anything done to the surface will be detectable in the finished product if the entire area doesn't receive the exact same treatment everywhere.
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OK it won't be easy and fast. The stain I have picked out is Quikrete Etching Stain. It's a 3 step process not counting cleaning. 1. Etching Stain 2. High Gloss Sealer 3. Clear Epoxy Finish. Coffee color.
Whats reactive stain? and Muriatic Acid? sounds serious.
I don't mind using some elbow grease makes you appreciate it more.
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Shanna, I have no experience with the Quikcrete system. If it's an etching stain, it may or may not be an acid stain. If it were an acid, you cannot use muratic acid first, as it will leave no substrate behind for the stain to react to. If it is something along the line of a water-borne stain, it may hide more existing slab imperfections.
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Will you share anything you've learned about concrete staining? I'm considering it myself.
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how about a power washer.. they can get out alot of stains.

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