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What is the difference between Stain Crete and Stone Essence? Is one better for a pool deck? Which sealer is recommended for a pool deck?
Stain crete is acid based stain, while stone essence is water based. Both can be used on a concrete pool deck, but stone essence is fewer steps, and you don't risk rinsing stain in to your pool.
Can this product in Terra cotta be used on pool brick coping? Our back area including the coping was sealed with a water based sealer 3 years ago, can I stain on top as it appears the sealant has substantially worn off? I plan to seal the bricks and the mortar and issues? Thank you
This can be used on most cementious based products. If the sealer is still present in spots, the stain will not penetrate through so just something to keep in mind. As always, test a small area first.
Can this product be used Outdoors to stain crushed lava rock And if so is it harmful to plants or trees
Not sure how it would react to lava rock. It is acid based so can be harmful to plants
I have a slick surface concrete slab. I don’t want to grind the surface as recommended . What is the effect of not sanding or Grinding before stainIng or acid stainIng the slab ?
grinding opens up the pores in the concrete so the stain has more surface area to react. If you do not do this, you are limiting the performance of the stain.
Can this be used on a brick wall and fireplace brick if I remove the sealant?
It can be used on a wide variety of concrete surfaces. I would suggest testing a small area first, but you should be ok.
Can this product be use on a brushed finish concrete patio ?
The manufacturer suggests mechanically scarifying the surface to prep the concrete. I would suggest grinding the concrete.
I want to use Ardex feather finish over cutback to cover that up. Can I add your product to the ardex so not to paint?
Ardex Feather Finish does not take stain consistently or evenly. Check out Ardex SDm for a better option for staining, and as a final floor covering.
Can this material work on Terrazzo to change the color?
There are several types of terazzo, depending on the type, you may be able to use this to change the color. If it is the poly or epoxy type, it will not work as it doesn't contain any cement component that the stain reacts with.
Can I use this stain on stone veneer? I am trying to darken the grout lines that are fading from grey to white but will be hard not to get on the stone veneer. Also I want to seal put a wet look on the grout and the stone veneer because all is fading. Which is best to use. I’m in Maryland. Thanks
I would suggest testing a small spot of sealer on the grout before anything. Chances are, the grout will darken back to the original look.
If not, you can apply the stain with a brush to avoid getting any on the stone.
Does this come in any smaller size? I need very little
How much do you need and what color?
Yes, here are some before and after pictures of a previously colored and stamped concrete walkway and patio that needed a little TLC