Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 45
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sin1 Good Product
After watching few videos on how to stain (it looks so easy ) i bought this product. First its not all that easy as it sounds and looks. You will need a lot of time cause takes time to prep etch dry neutralize wash off dry again betwen coats etc... Product does do the job. You will need 2 gallons for 400sqft garage. In HD store they sold me Muriatric acid for etching saying that i need this before i stain ( while i was waiting order to come in mail i cleaned and etch with acid , next day order came on and first thing it said DO NOT USE ACID TO ETCH) Went to store with instructions to ask them why they said Acid etch is must. Wanted to be sure that i didnt screw something up(and i did). The guy who sold me the Acid made excuse that he ment for Behr stainer you need to use Acid :(. Its to late now. It did good job but would be much better if i didnt kill all crystals in concrete with Acid etching process. For first coat dont soak it wet it takes forever to clean neutralize. Lost of Amonnia water and washing off. It came out pretty cool. Im happy over all. Just wish i didnt used that Acid to etch.
March 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Timo Results not as expected, but very pleased
I had a new walkway poured in April and then my driveway and patio poured in May. I prepped and applied the stain to all of them on a mild day in November. The stain reacted completely differently on the walk than it did on the driveway and patio due to different batches of concrete. However, I love the results on both. I used the rustic on the borders and the taupe on the main areas(though Home Depot did not have taupe on the website at the time, I called Eagle products and they swapped out the wheat for the taupe on my order)
I also used the Eagle Armor Seal which works well but makes it a bit slippery when wet even with a rough textured float finish.
December 15, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MikeRoyer Turned Out Beautiful !!
This was my first time using any type of acid stain but it turned out gorgeous. It is the first thing people comment on when they come over. This product does have prep work to it but well worth the time I put in. I used it in new concrete for our pavilion and I do not think I would try it on old concrete with grease stains etc. Like every one says don't freak out during the steps the final color is not know until you put the clear coat down, it turned out almost like a piece of granite !!
September 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gonefishn1 Great Results!
We have 30 year old concrete walks driveway and patio. They look like new now! Several cracks and some raised toe stub edges existed at expansion joints. Raised edges were ground down. I disguised the edges and cracks with darker stain of COCOA color solution. (see below)
Masking house stucco and walls to be the hardest chore. Spraying the stain was fun and easy. Waiting for it to react takes patience. Most of ours reacted within 4 hours in 80 degree temperature.
I found baking soda solution stopped the reaction better than ammonia. With ammonia it continued to darken somewhat even though it was a strong solution. Started by using a home grade pressure washer. Found using TSP was unnecessary. Wife likes the darker colored areas. That is the COCOA color solution. I added more COCOA in a random fashion here and there.
The main areas are RUSTIC diluted 2:1 and 1:1.(for blending and interest) COCOA was diluted with 2 parts water and 1 part RUSTIC. Otherwise, it turned out black instead of chocolate.
We liked it so much we went on to do every bit of concrete. The garage is next and last.
September 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by stumpjumper007 Alot of work, but worth it...
I used this product on a avg. 6' x 50' Stamped stone block concrete retaining wall. I did not etch as recommended, but did spend several hours pressure washing the day before.
I used the bronze acid as a base coat, and used the rustic color acid to accent individual stones. I put the first coat on early in the morning about 6 AM, then accented individual stones about 5 hours later. I used a everyday pump sprayer and had no problems at all... I used a scotch brite pad to accent the individual ones pouring the acid on the pad and rubbing each stone (took forever...)
As I was about an hour into, I went back and checked to see how it was looking (the wall is curved), and I kinda got nervous, as I couldn't see what I had done after it dried... I was going to give up at that point, but went back and kept going as I wasn't sure if it was soaking in or not. I'm glad I did... (It wasn't til the VERY end of the process before I could see the results...)
Now comes the fun part...
I pressure washed the entire wall at 6 PM, and was getting a fair amount of excess off..
After I spent 2 hours washing, I went back to the start, and it was like I didn't get any of it off at all...
I started early again, washed the whole wall, this time taking a angle broom, and scrubbing the whole wall and in between each stone and pressure washed again... 4 hours later... same effect... the next time I used a 2 foot push broom and repeated... 4 hours later... better, but was still getting residual on a rag... I did this one more time with even more effort on the scrubbing part...I had finally had it clean....
I pressured washed it one last time, and called it a weekend.
I applied two coats of wet look sealer to the wall the following weekend, and it turned out great... It was an EXTREME amount of work to get it done, but was worth the outcome... I did it all myself ( I was 300 miles from home at a cabin) but would definitely find some help on the cleanup part if I had to ever do it again...
August 18, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Dustin love hate relationship
Overall this is a pretty good product. If you are a meticulous person it will drive you crazy trying to perfect it. We originally started with Amber. The wife hated it so i bought rustic to go over it. It worked well at covering the amber. This photo was done with two coats of rustic. The first coat was done with 1:1 over a wetted surface. The second was 1:4 with a dry surface. For the second coat I went back over areas that did not take the stain well the first time. Overall it tuned out good. I do think it gets slightly darker over time. And water makes it WAY darker. This has not yet been sealed, but I think I am going to use the water based sealer that does not darken it. For the pool deck it already has made it considerably hotter.
Another think to consider is that this stuff will wear off if you brush it hard enough or abuse it. before I seal, I have some spots to touch up again. But if you dont look close, it looks good. Everyone else loves it. It just drives me nuts personally.
One thing to note: if you have plastic insert dividers in your concrete as I do, just spray over them. No need to mask with tape. You can go back later and scrub the stain off pretty easy. It does not damage them. DO NOT scrub them with a stiff bristly broom by rubbing side to side. That is very aggressive and removes color all around the strip. I just got on my hands and knees and scrubbed them with a dish washing sponge and some 409.
June 22, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Krc2013 Great results, more work than expected.
I couldn't be happier with my driveway, but I worked very hard to get it that way. I ordered the rustic brown, and diluted it 1:1 with water to achieve the color you see in the picture. I pressure washed and cleaned the concrete with the degreaser before hand. Sprayed the stain (2 gallons diluted to make 4), then let it dry. The hardest part was the washing and neutralizing after this. It took maybe an hour to stain the entire driveway, and about 6 to clean it up. After applying the gloss coats the driveway looks amazing and I get compliments on it every day. Over estimate the amount you need as I barely finished the job while over estimating.
September 17, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RRF Color looks nothing like the picture.
After I finally received my whole order (I ordered 1 gal of rustic stain and 1 gal of sealer and Home Depot sent me 2 gal of stain and no sealer) Then had to repurchase the sealer before they would send it to me and said they would refund the price after they sent a company to pick up THERE MISTAKE (STILL WAITING) I finally got to stain my countertop and was VERY disappointed in the color, nowhere close to rustic brown,more yellowish, like baby diarrhea!!
January 23, 2016