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Acid or Water Based Concrete Stains | How to Choose by Redi-Mix Colors August 30, 2019 0

The decorative concrete market exploded in recent years when contractors started using acid-based concrete stains to achieve rich earthy colors that resembled natural stone, wood, and marble. Today, water and solvent-based dyes have expanded the range of colors beyond earth tones. These concrete stains offer a virtual artist’s palette of stain colors ranging from vivid reds, purples, oranges, and yellows to soft pastels. So how do you (or your contractor) choose between acid or water-based concrete stains?  Acid stains work by generating a chemical reaction and causing the concrete to change color. Acid stain can be used inside and outside and is preferable for projects that call for rich natural color variation, deep earth tones, and permanent color. One of the primary benefits of acid stains is that they are permanent and won’t fade, chip or peel off. Because they are translucent, they produce unique looks in each application based on the…