Staining cement floors


Old 03-17-06, 05:36 PM
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Staining cement floors

We're attempting a DIY project that involves 2 clueless people helping a clueless family member stain the concrete flooring in their retail store. The problem...we have no idea where to start, what to expect, what material to use or how much this is going to cost. So, anyone out there that has a good link or any good would be greatly appreciated if you could help me out. Also, what's better....staining or painting?
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Old 03-18-06, 08:40 AM
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Is this a new location, or is there already a floor covering that will have to be (or has been) removed? How many square feet? Do you plan on staining the entire floor one color, or do you want multiple colors and perhaps even patterns?

One resource for you would be
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Another good link is And staining is DEFINITELY better than painting, if you want the floor to last at all.
Let me elaborate, ACID staining is better than painting. If you use pigmented concrete stain such as you would find at a big box retailer or home center, the stain or paint would be equally bad. Do not confuse acid etching prior to staining as acid staining. They are two completely different processes. Good luck.

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How to is available online, my only advice would be to use a good sealer and then put a minimum of 10 coats of good floor wax on top of the sealer. The idea is to seal to protect the stain and then wax to protect the sealer. If you do this, then re-waxing a couple of times a year will keep the floor looking great. Stain is the most expensive, sealer next, then wax, so it is cost effective.

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