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How Acid Stained Concrete Works..


Acid Stains are not a paint, coating or sealer. Acid Stained Concrete is a coloring process involving a chemical reaction on a cementious material. Acid stains are made from hydrochloric acid, wetting agents and metallic ions. A solution made with water, acid and inorganic salts react with mierals already present in the concrete. When this solution is placed on concrete it colors the concrete by chemically combining the metallic ions with the particles in the concrete to form oxides. The acid in the stain opens the top surface in the concrete allowing metallic salts in the mixture to react with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete.

Although they are acid stains, acid is not the ingrediant that colors the concrete. Metallic salts in an acidic, water based solution react with the calcium hydroxide in the hardened concrete yeilding insoluable colored compounds that become a permanent part of the concrete.

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