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For the longest time, decorative concrete contractors have been using acid-based chemical concrete stains, or simply, acid stains, to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather. But today, contractors are no longer limited to earthy shades. Other choices on the market, such as water-based stains, are greatly expanding the installer’s palette with concrete stain colors ranging from soft pastels to rich reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. And in most cases, these newer stain products can be easier and safer to apply.
Tru Impressions Re-Ax Concrete stain
Another chemically reactive stain, exclusive to Walttools, is Re-ax stain. Similar to acid stains in that they chemically react with the concrete surface, but different in that they do so without the extra work involved with acid stain cleanup. These are simply “apply, wait for the color change and seal” stains. They are especially potent in their ability to mottle the surface to produce the most variation of any concrete stain. As with acid stains, they will potentially react differently on each concrete slab so it should always be tested for color reactivity before proceeding.
Tru Tint WB Water-Based Concrete Stain
Then, there are water-based concrete stains. If you want to go beyond the drama and subdued color palette of reactive staining, consider using Tru Tint water-based stains. With 40 stock colors offered and custom blending available, they are an extremely popular choice for contractors and DIYer alike. Color is more consistent between surfaces and there are no harsh chemicals involved. Colors can be diluted, combined, layered, and manipulated in many ways to achieve the desired effects. Water-based concrete stains are suspensions of micro-fine or nano-pigments suspended in a water-based solution of penetrating and binding agents. Because pigment color choices are so plentiful, there is a wider color variety to choose from. A good water-based stain will give you time to work with it yet be permanent when cured out. Water-based stains work by actually flowing into and filling the concrete pores and bonding into the surface. Because they are more surface-dependent for soaking in, you need to be sure proper prep is done to open up the surface to allow for a good, deep bond in the poors. C-Etch is a great product for that by safely etching the surface giving you plenty of porosity.
When it comes to protecting your concrete for years to come, a high-quality finisher product is key. Walttools is proud to offer customers a variety of superior finishers, including Tru Tique, Liquid release, color hardener and D2K. Take a look at the following finishing products that are sure to extend the life and maintain the appearance of your concrete.
One of our top finishing products is Tru Tique, a water-based color wash solution. Tru Tique is unique in that it can be used to color new concrete surfaces as well as add color to existing, older surfaces. This color solution delivers a two-toned mottled effect that is typically associated with color release agents. When you choose Tru Tique, you can expect the beautiful color effects of a powder release agent — without the hassle and mess.
Better yet, Tru Tique has the same color palette as other current release agents, which means that you don’t have to worry about inconsistent coloring. Tru Tique is a budget-friendly choice for your next concrete coloring project, with 1,500-3,000 square feet of coloring per bucket, depending on the blend strength. Stress-free, easy application makes Tru Tique your ideal solution for long-lasting concrete color.
Another popular finishing product is TI Liquid Release, a specially designed, colorless bond breaker that stops decorative concrete mats from sticking to fresh concrete. The product forms a barrier between the freshly-laid concrete and any texturing mats, effectively limiting sticking, build-up and friction. Like Tru Tique, TI Liquid Release is a fantastic choice to avoid the mess and stress of powder applications.
TI Liquid Release can be used on a variety of surfaces, whether it be plain concrete, integral colored concrete or surfaces that are treated with Tru Impressions dust-on color hardener. This outstanding product is ideal for countertop edge forms and even vertical tools. Each gallon of TI Liquid Release treats 150 square feet.
Using color hardener is a terrific way to give your concrete surfaces a quick yet long-lasting facelift. As a unique blend of pigment, cement and aggregates, color hardener forms a strong layer of color on top of the concrete, making sure that the chosen color remains vibrant and beautiful for years to come. Walttools’ Dust-On TI Color Hardener is immediately ready for use on any of your freshly-poured concrete surfaces. Not only can it be blended for a one-of-a-kind mottled effect, but it also features a UV-resistant formula. Normally used for stamped flatwork applications, TI Color Hardener is easy to apply in both interior and exterior environments. Customers can even use TI Color Hardener to trowel color into vertical mixes like Tru Pac X.
Our D2K is the highest-quality decorative concrete sealer available today. D2K is a two-component sealer that extends the wear life of aged concrete surfaces. It also ensures that new concrete remains spectacularly sealed, protected and conditioned in a vast range of environments. Its satin to glossy finish will enhance the appearance of your concrete surface, ultimately offering better coverage and durability than acrylics. D2K’s high heat, UV and chemical resistance delivers outstanding protection that can’t be matched in other sealing products. It even performs well against road salt in the winter months. Apply D2K with an affordable garden sprayer and roller and enjoy your new incredibly protected, resilient concrete surface.
Concrete stain can be used to customize your concrete surfaces, whether you’re looking for a rustic, modern, or antique look. Whether you use a concrete stain inside or outside, you deserve a product you can rely on. Check out the top three benefits of Walttools’ high-quality concrete stains.
Concrete stains are the best way to revamp your concrete surfaces, especially given their easy application. In fact, you can stain concrete at home by following just a few steps. First, clean the concrete surface thoroughly. Use a slightly damp rag to remove all debris and wait until the concrete is completely dry. Next, use either a garden sprayer or a brush to apply the stain. Remember to apply the stain from the far end of the room first so that you can exit the room without leaving footprints on the fresh stain.
While concrete stain is easy to apply, it is even easier to maintain! Because concrete stain is so durable, it can resist wear for years in the most high-traffic areas. These types of stain do not chip, peel, or fade. However, concrete stains permeate the top layer of the concrete which eventually wear away.
Once you apply concrete stain, it’s always a good idea to apply a concrete sealer or coating that would further protect your concrete. Lastly, clean your concrete surface regularly, both with a dry broom or mop and with a wet mop. Be sure to use neutral pH cleaning products that will not damage the surface of your concrete.
One of the advantages of concrete stain is that it stays in place for an extended period of time. Regardless of the color of stain that you choose, it will not chip or flake off of the concrete surface. In order to ensure that your concrete stain remains vibrant as long as possible, it’s important to properly clean your concrete surface before applying the stain. Our sealers are UV protectant so it's imperative to seal especially outdoors.
Start by removing loose debris and trash with a dry broom. Next, use a slightly damp towel or mop to remove finer dust or powder. Once the stain is applied, it will stay in place until the surface of the concrete is worn down, which could take many years. In any case, you can expect very low color fade when you use concrete stains on your surfaces.
One of the best things about concrete stain is that it can be used in a variety of locations, indoors as well as outdoors. This versatility can be credited to concrete stain’s longevity, diverse color range and ease of application. With these factors in mind, concrete stains can be used by anyone — practically anywhere.
Given its durability and low maintenance requirements, concrete is a very popular choice for flooring and indoor surfaces today. Everything from basement flooring to a countertop can be enhanced with concrete stain. Concrete stain is an effective way to allow personal style and taste to be showcased on otherwise dull, gray surfaces. The wide range of concrete stain colors allows you to choose a stain that complements furniture, wall color, and decorations. With the right concrete stain, you can enjoy a personalized concrete floor or surface inside of your home for years to come.
While concrete stain is a terrific option for a home’s interior, it is also highly desired in exterior applications. Many homeowners choose to enhance their outdoor areas with concrete stain, whether it be on the porch, by the pool, in a sunroom, or a driveway. Of course, there are countless places where concrete stains could be used outside, but these are some of the most common locations. Combined with concrete stamping, concrete stain is a perfect way to enhance vertical and horizontal concrete surfaces, creating unique or authentic-looking stone, brick, or wood-like surfaces.
Choosing to enhance your outdoor surfaces with concrete stain will add long-term benefits to your home. First, concrete stains significantly improve the appearance of your exterior spaces. It’s now easier than ever before to create a unique, aesthetically pleasing space that was once just generic, run-of-the-mill concrete. Moreover, concrete stains are long-lasting and will remain vibrant and visible for many years. In fact, concrete stains will only fade if the concrete itself is worn down. All things considered, concrete stain is a budget-friendly, versatile option for those who would like to enhance their outdoor spaces.
For the longest time, decorative concrete contractors have been using acid-based, chemical concrete stains, or simply, acid stains, to achieve rich, earth-toned color schemes resembling natural stone, marble, wood, or even leather. But today, contractors are no longer limited to earthy shades. Other choices on the market, such as water-based stains, are greatly expanding the installer’s palette with colors ranging from soft pastels to rich reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. And in most cases, these newer stain products can be easier and safer to apply.
Because concrete stains only penetrate the top layer of the concrete, it will eventually fade, whether from weather or traffic. However, waiting for concrete stain to fade can take a significant amount of time. If you’ve stained the wrong area, aren’t pleased with your results, or just had a change of heart, never fear — there are several options to remove your concrete stain. If outdoors, you can use a sandblaster to remove the concrete stain. You can also use paint strippers, citrus strippers, and other strong chemicals to remove it (just be sure to air out the room and wear a mask and gloves). For smaller areas, you can also use an acid wash and a hard brush to remove the unwanted stain.
In short, no. When it comes to acid stains, it’s important that they be applied to a porous surface so that the chemicals in the stain can interact with the lime in the concrete. This means that if the concrete currently has paint or sealer on it, the acid stain will be unable to penetrate the surface and deposit the desired color. In this scenario, you have the choice of removing the current paint or sealer or even laying a thin layer of new concrete on top of the surface.
At Contractor Source, we are proud to provide our customers with a variety of high-performance concrete products that are made to last. From sealers to stains and tools to concrete stamps, we’re eager to be your go-to for all of your contracting or home DIY needs. That being said, we understand that sometimes, plans and preferences change, making product returns necessary. We are eager to facilitate stress-free returns that show you why you chose Contractor Source for your personal or professional project. Take a look at our updated Returns policy, located below.
In an effort to make life easier for our loyal customers, Contractor Source’s Return Policy is straightforward and hassle-free. As of now, customers may return most new and unopened items for a full refund, as long as the return takes place within 14 days of delivery. If the reason for return is an error committed by Contractor Source — for example, we sent the wrong item or the item is defective — we will cover the cost of return shipping. Otherwise, customers are expected to pay shipping costs. Please keep in mind that items returned after the 14-day window will be subject to a 15% restocking fee.
Once you have asked for a refund, it’s time to ship it back to us. From the time your package is picked up, you can expect to receive your refund within three weeks. However, it is not unusual for our customers to receive their refund more quickly than this. The three-week time frame includes the transit time for our team at Contractor Source to receive your item from the shipper (3-10 business days), the time it takes to process your return after we receive it (3-5 business days) and finally, the time for your bank to process our refund request (5-10 days).
We strive to make each interaction with our customers a positive experience, including returns. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. If you aren’t happy with your product, received the wrong item or aren’t experiencing its full benefits, don’t hesitate to contact our team. All you have to do is give us a call at (888) 364-4803 to receive your RA number. To receive the correct amount for your return, please include a copy of the item’s original receipt. We will contact you about your refund via email once we have received and processed the returned item.
As a dedicated contractor or a home DIY enthusiast, you deserve to have access to the best concrete products available on the market today. At Contractor Source, we have an unwavering commitment to excellence when it comes to our products and our customer service. Our team has extensive experience because we are concrete contractors! We have experience helping customers achieve their creative vision with the help of our high-quality, reliable concrete products. Whether you have a question about concrete coatings, overlayment and microtopping or decorative concrete, one of our experts can offer you valuable advice and guidance. We believe in providing customers just like you with service so exceptional that we’ll become your go-to concrete product supplier.
When it comes to customer service, we don’t compromise. At Contractor Source, we believe that our customers have the right to helpful, knowledgeable assistance, no matter how big or small the concern. Rest assured knowing that you can come to our team with any of your questions, whether they are related to our products, usage or installation.
In today’s busy world, we understand the value of offering real-time support exactly when you need it. That’s why we’re available to you both on our website and at our in-person location at 1246 Leah Road, Morris, IL 60450. Give us a call at (888) 364-4803 from Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 5 pm to speak with one of our experienced team members. You can also email us at [email protected] or fill out this quick contact form for quick answers. We can’t wait to get started on your next project — connect with our experts today!
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