Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 23
Rated 4 out of 5Â 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 5 out of 5Â by KYDIYer Extremely Pleased
Extremely pleased with the colors that I got out of this product. It definitely depends on your concrete though. I had some areas of the concrete that I just could not get to take the stain but once complete you can barely tell unless you are looking for them. Be careful when neutralizing once finished staining because it gets extremely slick. After looking into having someone do it I do understand why they charge $8-12 per sqft. It takes a lot of time and you do not want to take shortcuts. Do everything step-by-step.
March 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DIYBeginner Wait until after the gloss before judgment!
We purchased this stain after watching many videos and getting familiar with the process and people's reviews. We would recommend that for anyone considering this product so you get through the whole process before you make judgment about the end result.
We are very satisfied with the result we achieved with the rustic stain color! But, it is very important to follow the instructions, do a test area with sprayer to make sure it works before you start a large area. We learned the hard way there, and had purchased the recommended sprayer for this product. However, when we poured in the stain, we found out the nozzle didn't work! The local Home Depot refunded us, thankfully, and we bought a sprayer off the shelf and have used it for 3 applications with no issues, other than making sure the hose inside the container is attached thoroughly. I would recommend testing the sprayer with water first, then dry it out and add stain to avoid the problems we had.
The amount of water on the concrete surface and how clean the concrete is makes a HUGE difference. Spots with less misted or sprayed water before spraying acid look totally different than spots with different amount of water. The rustic stain will turn a bright mustard yellow as it dries!!! Don't freak out at this point. Neutralize it following the instructions, and then don't judge yet! The gloss really darkens the end color and will totally surprise you! We did about 600 sf of individual concrete pieces laid out as patio pavers, and they turned out wonderful, but only after the GLOSS! It takes a lot longer to do the whole process from start to finish, so patience and withholding judgment until the end will get you through.
We also used the Petina color stain for the concrete slabs around the concrete pavers we did in the rustic. We ran out of stain with about a quarter left, so we had to order more and wait to finish about 10 days because shipping is not fast with these products since Home Depot does not supply them, a 3rd party does. We are not hopeful of the final product on this color because it looks very similar to the rustic. But we are going to wait and see if it looks better after a second coat and gloss, once it arrives.
The product does not go as far as it states; that is if you want a rich color with variance. One section at the end i did instead of my husband and I used a lot more product. That section has nice rich variance with dark areas and is much better. With the price of this product, don't go cheap or skimp, order an extra gallon! We love it so much we are going to stain our front porch and garage floor too, eventually, maybe even the driveway.
The gloss doesn't seem to uphold as well as I would like, but we have soil between our pavers that gets on them and rubs some of the luster off. Others have told me they gloss their patios every year; I now understand why. But, the gloss is very reasonable so it is a low price to pay for a truly unique and creative patio or whatever concrete surface you are staining.
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Samdaman Great looking DIY results!
I am NOT a very experienced DIY'er and was hesitant to try this. I am very pleased with the outcome though. Great unique color, we made sure to clean the concrete over and over before applying. We only applied one coat of stain and one coat of sealer. I recommend a hose, squeegee, broom and most importantly(for inside) a shop vac for easy fast cleanup between coats and products.
June 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Suzi Incredible results!
It was so convenient to have the stain, acid sprayer and broom delivered to our home. The stain was very easy to apply with the acid sprayer. We used a sealer, with a silicon slip-resistant additive from another source. We were able to easily complete the project in one week-end. It looks fantastic.
September 4, 2013