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Acid Stain/Seal Concrete

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by ponch312, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. ponch312

    ponch312 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Recently had a concrete patio installed and I would like to acid stain it to give it a marbled bluestone look. Anyone have any advice, tips, tricks on what products to use, how to achieve this marbled look etc.? Thanks in advance!

    SCSLLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    Acid staining is going to give you an irreguler or marble look. The biggest thing are to allow the concrete to cure at least 2 weeks before staining. Surface prep is also very important any dirt or stain on the surface will react diffrently with the acid. Be sure to use a non fading sealer.
  3. ponch312

    ponch312 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Thanks for the response...I'm good as far as letting the slabe cure, it was poured on 4/24/09. What type of product should I clean the surface with prior to staining? Being that it is new, it is pretty clean but I understand what you mean about dirt/grime reacting with the stain. The guy who poured the slab said I could stain using a 2 part mix...the acid stain and a mottling agent. He was not sure what the mottling agent was called and I've not been able to find anything about it on the internet. Again, trying to achieve the color and marbled effect of bluestone.

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