How to stain cement

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Topic by Chashutch posted 05-07-2008 05:49 PM 5398 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2008 05:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question living room concrete

Hi all, I am new here (from LumberJocks) and need some advice re: staining concrete.

For reasons that I will not go into at this time, I had to quickly pull up all of the carpet in our family room. What I am now left with is the concrete slab with paint spills, stains, etc. My wife recently visited a girl friend to see her new home that her and her husband built. The first floor had beautiful stained concrete. No carpets, etc.

Prior to having carpet installed, I was wondering if anyone had any experience (good, bad, etc) with staining the slab that they might share with me.

This is what it looks like now:

Family Room

Can I sand this down to get rid of the paint and stains ? I have a belt sander and am willing to take the time to prep it properly. I had also thought about renting a floor sander, if that would work better.



-- Hutch

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05-07-2008 10:12 PM

I’ve only done staining concrete once, but I don’t think I’d get to excited about sanding the floor down. Scrape it, maybe strip it a bit, but the stain will not be to consistent of a finish anyway. Then again what do I know…

-- http://woodsongsfurniture.com

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05-08-2008 02:32 AM

i did my carport with a product named h & c form home depot . its called a sealer and comes in different colors as well as clear . as dennis said i didnt get to crazy about scrapeing or stripping . i did pressurewash first . not an option for you but a good cleaning and i think youd be ok . i put down two coats of color and two coats of clear . it covered all the paint spills ect. no problem mines been down 2- 3 years and my helper parked a 450 duelly in and out along with my truck constantly on it . at this point it dosnt have any chips , flakes or scrapes or even tire marks .

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05-08-2008 03:34 AM

I talked to a friend that’s in cement work and he uses something similar to the stuff Mr Trim is talking about. He said the only problem he’s found with it is fading, from our constant Texas sun, but you won’t have to deal with that problem.

-- Tim

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05-08-2008 02:48 PM

Thanks for the insight. Stopped by HD last night and got the cleaner/degreaser and the primer. Also emoved the carpet strips and trim. I’m interested to see how this turns out. My wife wanted the semi transparent stain but, with all the stains, etc on the cement, may have to go with a solid color.

Thanks again,

-- Hutch

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05-10-2008 01:43 AM

Have you looked into epoxy coating? It comes in different colors, lasts forever if applied correctly, and is pretty tough stuff. bbqking

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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