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Name: Brenn
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Watersprite
Apr 11, 2016 3:44 PM CST
Has anyone used acid stain for concrete art? I've made a lot of leaves and mushrooms and would love to try the acid wash on them. I ordered several demo bottles of the acid just not sure the best way to use them. Thx
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vic
Apr 11, 2016 4:52 PM CST

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I've not used it but hopefully someone will come along that has.

Those are beautiful!
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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2016 4:57 PM CST
vic said:I've not used it but hopefully someone will come along that has.

Those are beautiful!

I agree They are fantastic, and some color stain will really make them special. I've never tried it, but I hope someone here has some experience with it.

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plantmanager
Apr 11, 2016 4:59 PM CST
I found this for doing staining of floors. Bet it would be similar on a smaller scale. You might do some experiments on something small first.
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Shannon
Apr 11, 2016 5:05 PM CST
WoW Those ARE Beautiful Hurray! Hurray! They have a powdered stain at Lowes I don't know if that will help you
My BIL used it on his homemade pavers and they looked great
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Apr 11, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Those are gorgeous.
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Apr 14, 2016 9:48 AM CST

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Laurelca
Apr 17, 2016 6:08 PM CST
Oooh! I once pinned a page for this very thing...homemade concrete stains:

http://www.stainedfloor.com/

Maybe one of the copper ones for the leaves?

Your pieces are marvelous, btw. I will search, but might you give us a brief how-to? I really love the shape of your leaves and mushrooms.
Eta:
Yikes, retread your post. You got the acid stain already. There is a bit on that page I linked on acid. Not sure if your has color or not. Hope the page can help a little.
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 5:39 PM CST
Acid stain yes...

Don't acid wash before you acid stain..
Only acid wash if you are going to paint.
Remember it's two different things. 😊
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plantladylin
Jun 2, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Wow, Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up love your Concrete leaves and toadstools, very nice!
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Btw...

Any acid stain you find at home depot or Lowe's is not strong enough to really give you outstanding results.

Go to a concrete color specialist for the real stuff.
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 5:55 PM CST
Acid staining my birdbath (diluted) in progress. 4 more hours to go. Then neutralize and I'll add a second color tone. Then sealant.

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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2016 5:57 PM CST
"Acid Wash" only if you are going to paint.
Then use an epoxy like this...
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 3, 2016 5:51 PM CST
Still working on the acid stain for my bird bath. I'll seal it with a high gloss once I neutralize and spray off the acid.
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 3, 2016 8:40 PM CST
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e8bThpcumjsi

The link is for DIY acid staining.
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plantmanager
Jun 3, 2016 8:50 PM CST
SpringGreenThumb said: Still working on the acid stain for my bird bath. I'll seal it with a high gloss once I neutralize and spray off the acid.
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That looks really interesting. I can't wait to see your final pics! What type of high gloss sealant do you plan to use? Everything I've ever tried has yellowed or peeled over time.
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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 4, 2016 11:40 AM CST
plantmanager said:
That looks really interesting. I can't wait to see your final pics! What type of high gloss sealant do you plan to use? Everything I've ever tried has yellowed or peeled over time.



Mine too so I have talked to a concrete color specialist instead of just the home improvement centers. They have special products they want to give me as samples.
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plantmanager
Jun 4, 2016 12:31 PM CST
SpringGreenThumb said:


Mine too so I have talked to a concrete color specialist instead of just the home improvement centers. They have special products they want to give me as samples.


Great! If you find a product that works, please let us know!

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SpringGreenThumb
Jun 4, 2016 12:44 PM CST
All acid staining needs two coats.
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The second coat in progress.
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Jun 4, 2016 12:45 PM CST
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