SureStain Acid Stains
SureCrete's SureStain is not a typical concrete acid stain. It is made from a very mild hydrochloric acid or phosphoric acid solution, wetting agents, and metallic ions(salts), and especially formulated pigments. When applied on concrete or any cementitious topping the metallic ions chemically react with the free alkaline in the cement forming oxides that produce the color. Unlike dyes that produce an even color, SureStain produces the multi-hued, variegated, mottled look of natural stone.
It performs similarly to other reactive acid stains, but with very little residue at clean-up.
HOW TO APPLY:
Chemical stains can be tricky, but with a little direction, anyone can do it!
1.) Clean your surface – Whatever substrate you are applying SureStain concrete acid stain, it must first be clear of all other stains and/or sealers that were previously applied.
2.) "Profile" your surface – Since SureStain still needs a degree of penetration to create a chemical reaction, the surface must be able to have liquid penetrate into it! Otherwise the stain will simply sit on top of the concrete and never create the necessary chemical reactions. Profiling is typically done mechanically or with some form of mild chemical, we suggest the use of SCR – Super Concrete Renovator to take care of both steps 1 and 2 in this application process.
3.) Apply your concrete acid stain! This can be done in any number of ways, with any number of tools! For more control, we suggest using a fine brush or airless sprayer. However, for "messy" looks, this product can be simply poured out onto your surface and spread around with something as simple as a paint roller or a towel!
4.) Unlike other reactive acid stains, SureStain leaves very little residue and requires no neutralization. Once your desired amount of stain has been applied, use a wet vac or mop to clean up residue.
5.) Once SureStain concrete acid stain is dry to the touch (none comes up when you swipe your finger across the surface of your floor or countertop), an appropriate sealer should be applied to preserve the integrity of your project. For exterior projects, we suggest using a clear acrylic sealer such as SureCrete's HS 260 or Super 20, and for interior projects we suggest the utilization of any number of Epoxies, Polyurethanes or Polyaspartics.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE SEALING SURESTAIN CONCRETE ACID STAIN?
Only as long as it takes to dry! This will vary greatly depending on the local temperature/humidity as well as how much Eco-Stain was used in the project. The more stain you use in a given area, the longer it will take to dry.
WHY DOES CONCRETE ACID STAIN FADE OVER TIME?
There are multiple reasons depending on the situation, but for most cases, it boils down to two main reasons: UV exposure and sealer degradation. Unlike Eco-Stain, chemical stains are not UV-stable, and therefor will fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight. And whether you have a chemical stain or eco-stain applied on your surface, all colors will fade if a sealer is not correctly applied and maintained. Over time, sealers fade and need to be replaced or "replenished" with a fresh coating.
SPECIFICATIONS AND PROPERTIES:
Coverage: 200 square foot per gallon
Shelf Life: 1 year in original unopened container
Ready for Sealer: Dry to the touch (time frame varies on environment)
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs.
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