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Old 03-12-2018, 08:52 PM   #1
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Have a 350 sq ft back porch thatís just plain white concrete. Itís clean, new and needs some color. Instead of tiling Iím thinking of trying to stain it with acid stain. Itís a brushed finished so I figure I need to rent a concrete sander and smooth it down. Any advice is appreciated ...
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:56 PM   #2
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It's cheap and simple to do. Labor intensive kinda like painting. (it's the prep and cleanup)
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:03 PM   #3
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Lots and lots of mopping. Yes, the prep and clean up are the problem.
It’s worth it though, I love stained concrete. Not sure about the brushed finish and or sanding, might better talk to the stain folks first.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:45 PM   #4
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I will never DIY stained concrete again...ever! I would rather stare at the sun than stain concrete. It's too hard to get right and while your standing there looking at your crappy stained concrete, the first thing you'll think is 'wow..that was not worth the effort.' Second thing is 'what can I do to cover this crap up?'
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:33 PM   #5
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It it has an stains or is not a fresh pour with nothing on it since it has dried it will show all the crappy stains and problems and basically look like crap.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:26 AM   #6
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I have alot of it
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:47 AM   #7
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Not on purpose.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:31 AM   #8
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We are in the process now. We tore up all the old flooring (tile and carpet). Holy smokes it's a pain. Lots of work just getting floors ready. We had stained concrete in old house that we put in when we built it. I know you can do an overlay but we didn't. It's a project that's not expensive so if you don't like it then cover it up with a different flooring material

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Old 03-13-2018, 06:33 AM   #9
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Look up kemiko products. They have the acid stain and real good how to videos. You can by the cleaner and everything. I would definitely do the outside patio. It would look cool.

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Old 03-13-2018, 06:47 AM   #10
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If you can afford to have someone do it then it will be worth every penny. Stained concrete looks great. A good friend did his entire bardo that way.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:50 AM   #11
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:54 AM   #12
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They have dye now that helps with previous spot that can not be removed
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:59 AM   #13
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Good friends of mine do it for a living. One is in Abilene and the other is in the Austin area. From what I hear, it's better to let the pros do it...
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:28 AM   #14
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:32 AM   #15
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I would be worried about it being slick on a patio.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:32 AM   #16
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:37 AM   #17
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Really yeah fixing to leave to go to Freeport
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:11 AM   #18
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We did it to our kitchen. It took me a month to remove the old tile and the old grout. A lot of back breaking work with a jack hammer. Did all the preprep and stain with a clear coat. It was nice for a while, but it easily streaks. Not happy at all. We're going to cover it back up with tile. Definitely have a professional do it.
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Old 03-13-2018, 08:25 AM   #19
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Staining over a broomed finish just does not look that great to me, you will not get all the modeling that you get in a hard troweled finish. But a hard finish is slick as owl poop when wet. An outside patio is pretty easy to do, much easier than going inside the house, like Raider said, the Kemico brand is good and there are several how to videos on you tube, post pics when done, good luck.
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