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Choosing an Acid Stain Color

Posted by Andrew Weiss on

Plain old concrete isn't the most interesting floor you can have in your home or business. It is definitely durable and will last a long, long time. However, if you're looking for a more appealing color to fit your vision for the room it's in, a concrete acid stain color might be something to look into.

Acid stain, when applied to your concrete, causes a chemical reaction which changes the color of the concrete. There are a variety of colors to choose from, but how do you know which one will work best?

Acid staining is permanent, so making sure you have the color you want before applying it. Take your time to go over your options and consider how specific colors might affect resale value or future color-scheme changes. In fact, it's a great idea to also check out Pinterest or do some other research and look at how your potential color choice of acid stain will look as a finished product.

If you don't foresee any changes to ownership or design, then choosing or mixing an acid stain color to fit the room's aesthetic is an excellent idea. If there's a concern over potential changes, go with a neutral or more natural color that can fit any number of color schemes. This way, you or potential buyers won't be stuck with an unwanted color and can change things up down the road.

In addition to making sure you have a color that works with your design, make sure to consider any changes to the acid's color.

The color an acid stain appears to have online or on the label will be slightly different after it's applied. This is because acid staining is intended to make concrete look like different colored natural stone, so the color of the floor will have variations. A major factor here will be the quality of the application.

There are other factors to take into account when determining what color a specific shade is going to look like once applied, so don't rush into a choice. Take your time to consider things carefully.

No matter the color you choose, or if you choose to combine colors to make a specific shade, be sure to test the staining before applying it to your floor.

Something that works in someone else's home might not look great in yours, or maybe the color isn't exactly what you pictured. Sometimes combinations of colors might look good in theory but don't quite work on the actual floor.

Acid staining isn't just a matter of choosing a color you think is cool. It's permanent, and there's a lot of variation, so make sure the color you decide on is the right one for you, both in the present and the long term.

If you have any questions or if you’d simply like a professional opinion, speak to an acid stain supplier like East Coast Kemiko today.


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