Procedure for Stain
- Rocks and grass are moved away from concrete allowing the coatings to flow over the sides.
- The surface is checked for any grease, oil, tar which will be removed with a thinner (xyleen).
- All concrete is etched with muratic acid which will remove dirt and grime. Also opening the pours of the concrete for proper bond.
- All concrete is treated with ammonia; this neutralizes any acid left behind.
- Cracks and chips on top of the surface will be fixed at no charge, but concrete may shift so we cannot guarantee them.
- A coat of epoxy is brushed and rolled on to seal the concrete and act as a great primer.
- Clean up and let dry overnight.
- The house, wall and windows, etc… are taped and papered off to catch any over spray of color.
- A coat of polyurethane is brushed and rolled on the surface acting as the base color for the stain(usually matching the color of the house).
- The color(s) are sprayed on the texture heavy and light giving many shades of that color (s). Another coat will be applied if need or if customer has chosen more than one color. (there may be an extra charge for more than one color).
- After all dried and cleaned up we brush and roll a sealer to protect the surface but not just any sealer. Desert Rose uses a polyurethane 250 with uv absorbers and hindered amine light stabilizers which will outlast acrylic sealer by years.
All jobs are custom and may not match if more work is added in the future. Colors vary due to slope of concrete, also weather (such as the way the wind blows) can play a part in the way the stain looks.