For most of the decorative contractors using concrete as a basic canvas for color, the combination of concrete dyes and chemical stains is a perfect mix. Although many decorative contractors appreciate and applaud the amazing color transformations of stains, dyes have been equally praised. Concrete dyes have always been the most underrated coloring agents. They can easily achieve vibrant tones which are never possible with just stains.
When Should You Use Concrete Dyes?
A contractor can use concrete dyes when he wants to turn the applicator into more elegant and vibrant colors like blue, yellow and purple. These are only some colors you can get with concrete dyes. It can be a very nice thing to work with dyes. You can easily mix them right at the job site to get your desired color. A contractor can also use them with acid stains to easily produce a varied look, and even complement the floor which has been stained already.
Concrete dyes can even be applied to already prepared concrete, overlays and polished concrete. This allows a contractor to provide translucent, intense color effects which look similar to stains. You won't even have to create a coating or film which can be easily worn away. As mentioned earlier, concrete dyes are perfect when you want to obtain a wide range of shades.
Application & Maintenance
Concrete dyes can be easily applied in a lot of different ways. Your choice will depend on the type of result you want and size of the project.There are many contractors who use HVLP or High Volume Low Pressure sprayers for various projects. Since every project is different, you may have to roll,spray of brush for proper application. Dyes can be applied in a lot of different ways.
Regardless of your techniques, it is extremely important to test the surface of the concrete. This allows the surface to accept the dye before application. The intensity of color and degree of penetration will also vary according to the technique you use, concrete porosity, age of concrete, surface cleanliness and other factors. Some non porous and dense surfaces may not accept the dye properly.
When you try to apply concrete dyes to a stained surface, you should wait until the surface achieves the desired intensity and look. Although this may take some time, it will be completely worth it. You also need to make sure that the surface is dry and clean before you apply the concrete dye. These days, most of the concrete dyes are specifically designed to penetrate into concrete. However, it is still necessary to protect stained and dyed surfaces from contaminants and wear by applying a good sealer.