Water-based stains are another weapon in the war on ugly concrete. Since the early 20th century, acid stains have been a mainstay for coloring concrete. The beauty and permanence of acid stains captivated audiences and adorned the homes of the rich and famous throughout the 1920s. As with most luxury items, acid staining got more attainable and more popular in the years following.

But where do water-based stains come into the picture? Over the past couple decades, water-based stains have grown in popularity due to their ease of use and wide color palette. The growth of water-based stains has democratized the staining market.

Water-Based Stains as a Compliment

As wonderful as they can look, acid stains are unpredictable. The acid stain doesn’t always take or react the way you want. Water-based stains are great for filling in those blank spots where the acid stain did not react. They can also be layered over the acid stained surface for color correction or to modify the effect.

Water-Based Stains as a Replacement

These stains can also serve as a complete replacement for their more traditional acid-based counterparts. Acid staining comes with a number of obstacles in the form of hazardous materials, unpredictable reaction, and labor-intensive application. Water-based stains remove most of these limitations while expanding flexibility and color availability. What you see is what you get when it comes to color, which makes them far more predictable and controllable.

The Concrete Décor Reseller recently published an excellent article on the matter. The piece features input from Solomon Colors/Brickform training guru John Reynolds and friend of Brickform, Cory Huber of Huber Custom Coatings. For the Concrete Décor Reseller article, click here.