The Magnificence of Concrete Dye

The Magnificence of Concrete Dye

One of the current forms in which cement is being used is cement dye. Cement dye is the coloured form of cement and has found many uses in the real world.

How can one colour cement?

There are primarily two ways of colouring cement. One is by using dry pigment which is swept across the surface of concrete which has been freshly prepared. The other one is by using powder or liquid pigments which are then poured into the wet concrete before it is being poured.

Surface Colouring

Step 1: Sprinkle on the Powder

While the concrete is curing, cover the area with an even coat of the coloured powder. Avoid clumping the powder since it can become difficult to clean afterward. If the area is small enough, you can apply the powder by hand. Be sure to wear gloves if this is your preferred application method. For larger areas, one can use a style bar spreader.

Step 2: Broom Finish the Concrete

The ubiquitous broom plays an important role out here. Use the broom to sweep the surface evenly. This is done to make sure that the powder has covered the surface evenly. On areas too thinly covered, apply more powder.

Step 3: Let the Powder Set

The first application of powder should remain on the concrete’s surface until internal water absorbs the pigment. This will almost take 24 hours.

Step 4: Rinse

Remove excess powder by thoroughly rinsing the concrete.

Step 5: Apply Finish

A sealant or finish is applied to the first application of the pigmented powder. You’ll want to be cautious while you apply the finish, gently so that it does not break through to the gray-colored concrete. The manufacturer instructs to dry the sealant.

Step 6: Repeat Process

For a more vibrant look, apply the remaining amount of pigment to the concrete and repeat the entire process.

One of the most important aspects of collaring cement is to keep the water ratio consistent throughout. It is the water to cement ratio that keeps the colour constant. Controlling the amount of water hence becomes an imperative task and needs to be factored in while colouring cement. However, one must also be aware of a few conditions: Like if the surface is drying out, or the weather is hot and windy, it is advisable not to use water.

Instead, use a surface evaporative control agent.

When To Use Concrete Dye vs. Concrete Stain

When To Use Concrete Dye vs. Concrete Stain

Concrete flooring is a popular flooring option among businesses, warehouses, schools, hospitals, and residential homes because of its low and easy maintenance and durability. Many people enjoy the industrial and peaceful look of polished concrete flooring. If you prefer adding character and uniqueness, simply add a Concrete Stain to your concrete floors. This is an easy step to complete and will make your concrete slab look absolutely beautiful. The main question now is ‘When To Use Concrete Dye vs. Concrete Stain’?

First it is extremely important to recognize the difference between the two because the end results of each are different from one another. Concrete Staining is a more of an in-depth process compared to concrete dying. This is mainly due to the surface of the concrete needing to be cleaned thoroughly before the application. The reason why Concrete Stains are a more tedious process is because they’re more acidic or solvent-based, which means if any grease or dust is left on the concrete it will ruin the reaction process. When the acid or solvent-based stain is applied to metallic salts contained in the concrete, it will react to the calcium hydroxide and cause a permanent bond between the stain and concrete. Easily clean the floor by simply using water and soap to get the grime off. Deep cleaning could require pressure washing or a low PH neutral cleaner like our Xtreme Clean Concrete Cleaner.

Xtreme Polishing Systems supplies popular name brand Concrete Stains including Xtreme Series, Scofield Systems, Ameripolish and Kemiko concrete stains. This concrete staining chemical product will make your floor look expensive, but for an affordable price.

The concrete dying process does not contain any chemical reactions like the concrete staining process does. Concrete Dyes are easily applied, and simply penetrate the porous surface of the concrete flooring, allowing the concrete dye to officially absorb into the concrete thoroughly. Concrete Dyes will help prevent peeling or flaking in the concrete flooring. Cleaning the concrete prior to the dying process is very important, but it does not need to be as intense as the staining method.

Concrete Dyes tend to have more vibrant colors than the Concrete Stains. Both concrete staining and concrete dying are prone to fade in the sunlight. They can also be used together to make a truly one of a kind color and design on concrete flooring.

Choosing between Concrete Dye or Concrete Stain will ultimately come down to what your desired end result is going to look like. Our professionals at Xtreme Polishing Systems is readily available to answer any questions or assist with your inquiries, so please feel free to contact us at (877) 958-5732 or visit our website and shop today!