Sub Q Artistic Concrete, LLC
Concrete Floor

Acid Stained Concrete

Acid stain is a combination of hydrochloric acid, water, and metallic salts that react with the hydrated lime (calcium hydroxide) in the concrete to produce a mottled or variegated, marble like appearance. This chemical reaction produces varying degrees of color intensity to create a marbled or glazed stone appearance. Unlike paint or other coatings, acid stain is permanent and will last the lifetime of the surface it is applied to. Acid stain provides a low maintenance interior or exterior floor that is attractive, economical, and durable. Its use has grown in popularity because more architects, contractors, and owners are beginning to understand the benefits an acid stained floor has to offer.

Some of the benefits of an acid stain floor:

What to expect with acid stained concrete

Acid-stained concrete floors are economical, durable and easy to maintain. Their leather-like richness and natural beauty makes them highly prized in many custom and luxury homes. Stained Concrete by Sub Q Artistic Concrete, LLC. follows manufacturers' recommendations for applying stain, sealer and wax. The stains are created by chemical reactions to your concrete, not paints or pigments. The results, therefore, are a reflection of your concrete's finish, composition and porosity. We ask clients to be familiar with the process before we begin work and to make sure your expectations are realistic.

Here's what you should expect:

The above characteristics are common in the areas of the Midwest, where we perform a majority of our work. We are not familiar with the concrete or construction processes from other regions of the U.S. or that of other countries and the above may or may not apply.

The Process

Different application techniques produce different finishes. Spraying the stain with a pump-up sprayer is a common method that produces a "mottled" effect. Puddling the stain will produce darker shades. Mopping with a cotton mop and/or clean cotton rags produce "swirling" effects. Sponging produces yet another finish. Many popular faux finishing techniques may be used with acid stains. Grout lines can also be etched into the substrate to mimic a tile effect.

Stenciling is also a very popular method used with acid stain. This is a process where a vinyl appliqué is placed on the area to receive the treatment. This is done either before or after a base color is applied. After the stain is applied to the stencil it is removed to produce the contrasting effect. Multiple stencils can be used with varying colors to create dramatic results that will last for years.

Color Charts

>> Ameripolish Color Juice
>> Ameripolish Dye 'n Seal
>> Elite Crete Reflector Color
>> Sedona Acid Stain
>> SS Rainbow Waterbased Stains

Our Contact Info

Levi Knox & Johnny Nava
8426 Clint Dr. #330,
Belton, Mo 64012

(913) 735-6005 KS Phone
(816) 600-7950 MO Phone
(816) 337-3876 FAX