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hgiljr 05-05-2008 12:24 PM

Concrete Solid Stain vs Semi Transparent
Hello all. I am planning on staining my concrete, but not sure what has a much nicer look, Solid color Stain or Semi Transparent. I am trying to achieve the more natural rocky look. I thought about Acid but way too much money. I will be staining my driveway and a concrete slab next to the house. Also any particular brand to stay away from? I was mainly looking at SW H&C. Any recommendations or steps appreciated.

joasis 05-05-2008 08:54 PM

If you are not using acid stain, just what exactly are you using? Acid stain is relatively cheap...the sealer is pretty pricey, and without it, you won't keep any stain on concrete...also, existing slabs take some time and preparation for stain, unlike new slabs or floors. We acid stain new home floors regularly, and it is pretty economical.

hgiljr 05-06-2008 07:00 AM

I am looking at using:

Pretty much this is what I am looking at doing which if I am not mistaken it is not an Acid Stain. From what I am seeing, some come in semi transparent or solid colors. Is this not recommended?

joasis 05-06-2008 12:09 PM

Either of those products are expensive, and while I have used the Rustoleum product on garage floors, it is not something I would use exterior. Do a little research....there are water based stains and acid isn't too expensive when considering the coverage, but again, sealing it when done is the key, and the sealer can cost $150 for 5 gallons. This is where we get the "glossy" or "satin" look.

hgiljr 05-06-2008 01:43 PM

So which is better for outside, esp. the driveway, water based stains or acid based stains?

joasis 05-06-2008 05:00 PM

Acid, in my opinion. Surf prep to get it ready, then acid, then seal.

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