colored concrete sealer

Old 12-10-05, 01:18 PM
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colored concrete sealer

I do acid staining and epoxy flooring, but alot of people don't want to pay the money for it and want a cheaper alternative. I've considered pigmented or colored sealer because it's alot less work which would make it a cheaper way to decorate poeple's concrete. Has anyone ever used it? If so what brand did you use, does it look good, and does it last?
Old 12-10-05, 05:18 PM
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It may be cheaper, but it also won't last as long. And people won't remember they wanted cheap. All they will remember is you did a cheap job that didn't last. Sealers won't last long enough. Besides, your time costs more than the sealer. What you save isn't worth it.

Don't sell yourself short.

BTW - Sherwin-Williams has a good line of pigmented sealers.
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Pigmented sealers dont bond to concrete as well as clear sealers. The pigments and fillers in them prevent them for prenetrating and many times they will flake and peel with time. When you apply a pigmented sealer you have to make sure the concrete is well abraded via acid etching or grinding so the sealer has something to grab onto, and finally a pigmented sealer will give you the look of a painted floor, far from the natural look of acid stain.
Decosup Inc. makes both acid stains and pigmented sealers, they can probably give you the plus and minuses of using both.

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