Published Monday 14th of April 2014 // Updated Wednesday 1st of February 2017
While concretes natural gray exterior can leave something to be desired for the eye wanting a wider aesthetic appeal, its structural benefits and natural strength and longevity cannot be ignored or overlooked. However, new breakthroughs in technology and engineering have led to a number of different options for coloring your concrete.
Foremost among these options are concrete dyes. While acid stains have traditionally been the most popular choice, they offer only limited strains of color choices, mostly being neutral colors. Concrete dyes, on the other hand, come in blues, yellows, and reds. The can also be mixed together to create an incredibly wide variety of colors from all over the color wheel.
The flexibility of concrete dyes have made them a choice that continues to grow in popularity. They are a penetrating type of sealer whose particles of coloring will penetrate past the surface of the concrete. As such, they are long-lasting and strong, able to withstand a number of elemental and environmental damages. They are also extremely easy to apply and clean up, as the solution penetrates past the surface, leaving very little to be sopped up afterwards.
In order to protect a concrete dye or acid stain use an acrylic based sealer. If you are looking for a low sheen, satin finish the best product to use would be the water-based Cryli-Tek 5500. If you are looking for more of a gloss, wet-look finish the solvent based Cryli-Tek 5505 is the best option. With the application of Cryli-Tek 5500 or Cryli-Tek 5505, the colored concrete will retain its level of color for years to come.