Learn the color effect. consider what color effect your are striving for before choosing between reactive or non-reactive concrete stains.
Contemplate the age. The age of the concrete as well as its condition will affect the shade of color it will have.
Consider the Location. Consider where your concrete is located. Stains for outdoor concrete should designed to resist UV rays and protect the concrete from wear. The same stain which is manufactured for indoor use can't be applied to outdoor concrete.
Get a sealer. Manufacturers of some stains will recommend applying a clear sealer to the concrete after the staining is done. It will give additional protection against UV rays, chemicals and physical damage.
How easy is it to use? Is the stain you have chosen easy to mix and use? Read the label before purchasing a stain in order to understand how easy the preparation process is.
Get the right application tools. Some stains require special application tools that you might not have. So you must be ready for buying additional equipment.
Coverage rate. Each stain has its own average coverage rate. It will tell you how the area of the surface that can be covered with one can of stain. However, this rate can fluctuate due to many different number of factors. The main advantage if this information is that it can help you compare the prices
Identify the wood. Each different wood type has its own properties, such as natural hue and individual density. You will need to learn the natural color and hardness (or softness) of the wood before finding the right stain.
Identify the color. Choosing the color is a hard job and requires serious consideration. There are a few tips you can use:
• The color is affected by the number of coats.
• First coat is usually darker than the second one
• Second coat is smoother than the first once
• The source of light affects the color. If you are staining furniture which is near a window, it will have a completely different color than the same furniture in the dark corner of the room. The exterior light changes throughout the day. It is imperative to consider light conditions when choosing the color.
• Colors change as the stain dries
• Choose more than one color and test each to get a better idea of what it will look like on your object
Test the stain. The stain must be tested before being applied to the whole object. Get one small piece of wood from the object you are about to paint or, if it's not possible, find the most hidden spot and test the stain.