10:21AM | 06/18/07
Member Since: 06/16/07
1 lifetime posts
i need help!!!

i stained my bare concrete floor twice with QUICKRETE semi-transparent stain. first grey (didn't like the color) than terra cotta. unfortunately i waited 24 hrs in between coats to do so. in the meantime the first grey coat of stain sealed the floor as it dried and the second color terra cotta couldn't penetrate through. result: i have this beautiful floor (matte / satin / faux-like) just the way i like it.....BUT: it won't stay !!!! i can

rub off the paint if i try hard enough with a wet sponge, or scratch with a nail (ouch !). WHAT SURFACE SEALER IS OUT THERE that would not give me a crazy high gloss result (i think epoxy clear sealer is probably the way to go...but i don't like the shine !) this is not a garage floor, but a home decor store, with traffic.
5873 concrete stain floor


06:09PM | 06/18/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Have you called Quickcrete technical support?

You might want to try the forums here.

You might also try this place.

You might try this company.

You might have to mechnically abrade the old stuff off. Shot blasting in sone way.


03:02PM | 01/08/15
Member Since: 01/08/15
2 lifetime posts
Wow, that is terrible news. Staining concrete can be tricky for a DIY project but is manageable with some guidelines. From what you described, the first stain is just too heavy. Stains should be applied light enough to still allow application of another coat or sealer and bite into the concrete. The problem with the big box stains like that are they are very heavy with resins so they don't penetrate much, really blocking up the surface. Better stains will diffuse into the surface much effectively and still allow a good sealer to protect the surface. When they dry, they do not come off with a finger nail! You will need to scratch into the concrete to remove. The stain we have had most luck with is Tru Tint. Just like watercolors from back when we were kids. Very simple to use. The picture is from a stamped concrete patio that the homeowner decided they want to stain and seal themselves
Just contact a local decorative concrete store or go on the web and search for water base concrete stains for choices.

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