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concrete stain

Cicero, NY(Zone 5a)

I'm making one of those concrete mold patios.It will come right up to my ponds.I made a section and its blinding white,not at all natural looking .I'm using the field stone mold and I want to stain it and use a sponge to apply different colors so it will look more like rock.Since the colorant is a ridiculous price and the patio is quite large we had decided to use concrete stain.
I have googled it and came up with stains and acid stains
Whats the difference between them?
Would it be harmful to use acid stain so close to the pond?
I want a more translucent look,not painted........

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Behr (Home Depot carries it) makes a semi-transparent stain in a variety of nice colors. I stained 2 concrete pots for my sister with it. These pots have 2-3 coats with a brush but one coat daubbed on would have colored it fine, and not look like paint.

My guess would be that an acid stain actually etches the concrete so the stain can penetrate better.

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So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

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Cicero, NY(Zone 5a)


thanks so much
thats what I basically needed to know and the pots look wonderful
Did you have to use a sealer too?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Nope. Just did them in March and my sister is selling so I have no idea how the stain will hold up, but I'd guess quite well.

Cicero, NY(Zone 5a)

Its off to HD tomorrow...
wonder how long to wait for the concrete to cure before using?
somewhere I heard 30 days

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Well, concrete DOES take 30 days to "fully cure" (gain maximum strength) but I don't see any reason not to stain it within even 24 hours.

Nashville, TN

Hi - I found this thread after searching for some ideas on how to color a walkway that I'm making out of Quikrete using the molds. It sounds like you might have worked on a similar project so I'm wondering if you ever found a good coloring product for this and if you would mind sharing a photo so I could get an idea about what it will look like??

I'm using the "cobblestone" mold so I would like to color the "cobblestones" different (transparent) colors to look more like fieldstone. Thanks for any advice you can offer!

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