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Basic Tools for Applying Concrete Stains

How to Choose a Pump-up Sprayer

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Warning: Avoid Metal Components

When working with acid-based chemical stains, you should only use sprayers, application tools, and containers that resist hydrochloric acid and have no metal parts. All sprayer parts should be made of acid-resistant plastic. Brushes should have uncolored, acid-resistant nylon bristles (colored bristles can discolor the surface). And pails and containers for mixing or holding stain should be made of plastic.

Generally, the best way to apply a concrete stain is by using a pressurized garden-type pump-up sprayer because you'll achieve more even coverage and avoid puddling of the stain on the surface. For detail work or small areas, you can also use a hand spray bottle, brushes in various sizes, sponges, and rags. Some stain applicators prefer to brush-apply the stain straight from a bucket. Be aware, however, that if stain runs down the side of the bucket and onto the concrete surface, it could leave a permanent ring. Setting the bucket in a plastic container will prevent unwanted drips.

Following is a checklist of the basic tools you'll need for applying stains:

(Source: Bob Harris' Guide to Stained Concrete Interior Floors)

Note that if you are using a water-based stain, these cleaning steps aren't necessary. Water-based stains don't require neutralization or rinsing, and application tools can usually be cleaned with mild soap and water.

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