Patina stains produce a rich but variegated finish unique to each surface. Instead of covering up the concrete like paint or coating, stains infuse color into the surface while also showcasing the character of the substrate. The translucent effects and the broad drifts in color give the surfaces the appearance of a timeworn patina finish. Patina stain can be applied to walkways, driveways, pool decks, patios and interior floors.
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Patina stains can only be applied to concrete that has been fully cured. For optimum results, concrete should be allowed to cure for a minimum of 28 days. If stains are applied to concrete that has not fully cured, unpredictable results may occur.
The surface must be completely dry, structurally sound and free of dirt, grime and any other material(s) that would be resistant to the stain.
The surface to be stained is tested for the presence of sealers, curing compounds or release agents.
Patina stain is sprayed onto surface; then a stiff nylon-bristled brush is used to massage the stain into the surface. As stain is applied, various degrees of acidic reactions, such as fizzing and foaming, will occur. These types of reactions are generally signs that the substrate is accepting the stain.
Wash with soap and water to neutralize acid and allow to dry completely (10 hours or more).
Any salty residue is removed by spraying with water and agitating with a stiff nylon-bristled brush. Then area is rinsed and allowed to dry.
Clean area, remove all debris from site, and apply one coat of sealer to stained area.