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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sachou Great Alternative to Acid Stain
This review is the same as my review of the associated Epoxy Shield Clear system, but I'm giving that product 4 stars, since I had a couple issues with it I will mention.
The floor I covered was a retail store front that I was renovating, so it generally needed to look nicer than a garage floor - what that this product is intended for. First off, as always, preparation is key. My surface was in terrible shape, with 2 or 3 layers of previous linoleum adhesive stuck to it, that wouldn't budge with scrapers, or chemical adhesive remover. I finally caved and rented the floor maintainer from Home Depot with the Diamabrush diamond grit mastic remover, then finished it with the surface prep disc, also from Diamabrush. I would highly recommend these products, as they will ensure a perfect surface to adhere to, and clear up any imperfections that might be in the concrete. Before recently, concrete grinders weren't as accessible or affordable as the Diamabrush system, so take advantage of it - you are after all already at Home Depot.
Once the floor was mechanically prepped, I used the included acid etch, which at first didn't seem very strong, but definitely fizzed and bubbled the floor, and left dust, indicating it worked. Flush this out with a hose, suck up with a wet/dry vac, mop up, flush out, vac, repeat. It was very difficult to get the floors totally clean, as the concrete dust was quite pervasive.
I missed some spots with the concrete grinder, where there was still adhesive, but no worries, as this stain was so dark that you couldn't even tell. The included plastic bag made a nice "marbled" look in the floor, introducing randomness to the application. The product kind of "even-ed out" a little bit, and spread out when it cured.
One thing I didn't like about the clear coat was how reflective it was - the ceiling lights produce so much glare that you could barely see the pretty stain underneath. This has to do with really how perfectly smooth a surface this makes, which on the one hand will make it easy to clean, as nothing will stick to it, but also makes it slippery even when dry. The solution to this problem is to use the "anti skid additive" provided in the kit, which is basically sand. The problem with this is it leaves a very gritty appearance. I would recommend using only about half of the anti skid additive that was provided, and be sure to stir frequently.
The floor I was covering was 866 sq ft of bare prepped concrete, and I was able to use 3 boxes of this product combo, rolling on thick, and still had some left over.
It has just cured for me, so time will tell how durable it is, but overall, the product combination performed very well, and was an easy DIY solution to finishing concrete flooring. And it's also reversible, unlike acid stain.
December 10, 2014