Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Wonderful Results, Exteremely Pleased!
At $60.00 a gallon, I'm glad I had enough to complete my porch floor without having to order another gallon.
We have a screened-in porch at the back of the house. It has a Plain-Jane unfinished 7' x 17' concrete floor and we were looking at different ways to add some class to an otherwise boring floor.
I've read a ton of reviews for all sorts of concrete floor finishes, and decided that this product would be the best application for what we were looking for.
Home Depot stores do not carry the Eagle products, they have to be ordered off their web site. Both this stain, and the top coat arrived within a week.
First off, make no mistake about it. Using this product, and it's top coat properly to get the desired results takes a LOT of labor. If you don't do it right, the results will be horrible upon applying the top coat. If you short change the effort involved in both neutralizing, and ensuring you can no longer pick up stain color with a cloth, your finish will turn whitish in those areas you didn't pay attention to.
I’m not an expert, or Pro at staining/finishing concrete floors…Although after doing it, I certainly feel that I now am however, the key is the prep work involved.
If you do it right, you will be thrilled at the results of all your hard work. I absolutely love the results I achieved, and was totally worth all the hard work that went into it.
Below, are the steps I used to achieve fantastic results…It may not work out for you, for whatever numerous reasons, but this is what worked for me.
We have vinyl siding on our house as well as inside the screened in porch.
The first thing I had to do was pressure wash the floor using a concrete cleaner. If you don’t have a pressure washer, the same results can be achieved by using a concrete cleaner and scrub brush.
Once dry, I taped about a 3 foot plastic sheet alongside the siding from the floor, up the wall.
Going off of the numerous reviews, I elected to NOT use any Etch & Clean product. All the prep I did was pressure wash with the cleaner.
Following the directions to apply the stain, I sprayed down the floor using a garden hose, being careful to just wet it down and not puddle it.
I had a small 1-gallon pump sprayer, and poured the stain in that.
Once the initial stain was applied by just spraying it down, overlapping it as I went along, I waited 4-hours, then applied a second coat of stain, right on top of the first coat.
I then would need to let it sit for 6-hours but elected to just let it sit overnight.
The Not So Much Fun Part:
The next day I neutralized the acid stain on the floor using ammonia mixed 1 part ammonia to 4 parts water in a bucket with a scrub brush.
Reading through all the reviews, I elected to NOT use the Cleaner Degreaser & Neutralizer product, and instead used the ammonia/water solution. My concrete floor was already clean using the concrete cleaner earlier, so I didn’t see the need to be using a Cleaner Degreaser product.
All I really needed to do at this point was neutralize the acid stain. Using the ammonia solution was way cheaper, and probably more effective.
Once I scrubbed down the floor, I rinsed it off with a garden hose and let it dry. I scrubbed it all down again using the ammonia/water mix, letting it dry, then hosing it off and letting it dry again.
According to the directions and reviews, I had to scrub it down with clean water until a clean, lint free white cloth stopped picking up the stains color.
Let me tell you, this procedure took the better part of a day and a half to finish. I must have used at least 10 buckets of clean water.
I think for about the initial 6 cleanings, I was using a scrub brush followed by moping. The last 4 or 5 buckets I was just using a mop. I was using 2 buckets. One with clean water and the other to ring out the mop with the picked up stain.
Towards the end of the second day, I was at the point where I wasn’t picking up any more stain color. I let it sit overnight.
The next day, I was ready to apply the top coat. I used the Eagle Gloss Coat Clear Wet Look Solvent-Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer in a paint tray with a 3/8” nap roller.
I went alongside the edges and expansion joints with a paint brush, and used the roller for the floor. I worked in small areas at a time, cross rolling to achieve an even application, being careful to not run the roller too fast which would product bubbles.
When I finished the first coat, there were small bubbles on the entire floor however, when it’s drying, the bubbles even themselves out and the surface was smooth by the time it dryed.
You can wait as little as 2-hours before putting a second coat on, but I didn’t want anything to screw up, and waited about 4-hours.
The second coat went down easier than the first, and filled in all the remaining voids.
This sealer produces very strong fumes. Using a respirator is highly recommended, even in an outdoor area.
As I’ve mentioned, with all the labor intensive prep work involved in this process, I’m 100% thrilled with the results I achieved.
Now that I’m done, there is nothing I would have done differently.
This stain, and it’s associated sealer is highly recommended.
May 26, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ai1Hou Works great
I have use this product several times. Stains all concrete but has the best appearance on very smooth concrete. Must use eagle clear coat for gloss finish. I wish the product was in stock at Home Depot. You have to order and wait about a week for it to show up.
March 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jenningsj15 Great product, easy to apply for first time DIYers!
My husband and I chose acid stain for the concrete portion of our basement we were turning into a bar area so it would provide us with easy clean up. We followed the directions exactly and had no problems. The color looks fantastic and creates such a unique look! We got many compliments at our bar reveal on Superbowl Sunday!
February 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Looks great
This acid stain worked as advertised and did a good job of coloring our concrete. We diluted it 1:3 (water to stain) and it covered about 1200 square feet. Final color depends a lot on how heavy you put it on, and we found it looked best when you heavily coat the concrete.
September 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MichaelT Acid stain - Best way to color concrete
Works very well but requires extensive cleaniing/scrubbing after neutralizing. We needed to apply an additional 2 gallons because the residue left after the etching was not completely removed. It turned out well but the instructions could have been clearer about the need to scrub instead of just "rinse". The floor is gorgeous!
The manufacturer recommends a minimum of 6 hours for the stain to react. We left it on overnight and it worked quite well even though it thoroughly dried.
September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OldDIYMan Nice look for such little work
Used my electric sprayer to apply to a recently constructed block wall (200 sq ft). Quick and easy. Looks great. This was a retaining wall to hold back a hill above my house. Blends nicely with the landscape. Can hardly tell it's there.
September 4, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ma61 Good product
Stain was very easy to apply. It does not hide any flaws in concrete at all and everything will look exactly as it does before applying stain. It does give plain grey concrete a nice color.
September 23, 2014