So how does it work? Unlike acid stains which perform a chemical reaction once in contact with the surface of the concrete to achieve their color, Eco-Stain for concrete floors is a penetrating concrete stain which gives much more control over the design and colors you may want to apply to your project. Giving you more control isn’t the only benefit, though. Since it is a water-based solution, there is no need for any neutralization or clean-up! As soon as the product has been down long enough to be dry to the touch, you’re ready to seal! No in-between steps to slow you and your crew down!
Acid Stains are a low residue concrete stain that comes in earth-tone colors. Made from a very mild hydrochloric or phosphoric acid solution, wetting agents, and metallic ions (salts), and specially 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, acid stains provides the multi-hued, bright, mottled look of natural stone. Earth Tones perform similarly to other reactive acid stains, but with tiny residue at clean-up.
Acetone Dyes are an environmentally friendly, solvent soluble, deep penetrating powdered dye, intended for use on interior concrete. When mixed with acetone, it dries to touch in seconds, allowing for a quick and easy installation process. Perfect for polished concrete, Acetone Dye can be used as a primary coloring system or used in conjunction with Acid and Water-Based Stains as a secondary coloring system.