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Rough or Broom Finished Concrete: 150+ square feet per quart
Smooth, Stamped, or Troweled Concrete: 150-200 square feet per quart
*Coverage rates listed above are rates that you should attempt to achieve, not what you necessarily will achieve.
Crete Dye is a translucent dye, formulated using very fine particles of color designed to penetrate and color interior cementitious surfaces, including polished concrete. Crete Dye creates a unique, multi-colored translucent color scheme that unlike paints, will not crack, chip, or peel. Crete Dye is available in 20 standard colors but can be combined to create an unlimited color palate that creates a similar mottling or marbleized effect, when used properly. Create the look of a beautiful, custom acid stained floor in about 1/3 of the time.
PREPARATION: Test areas are strongly recommended on the actual surface of the proposed application. Testing in several areas of the concrete will better determine suitability, coverage, and approximate final results. The application area should be clean and free from all forms of dirt, oil, alkali, paint, cure & seals, and any other form of contaminant. Protect all areas not to be dye accordingly. Apply Crete Dye only to dry, neutral concrete surfaces.
MIXING: Crete Dye is packaged only in a powder form which needs to be mixed with acetone in 1 gallon or 5 gallon increments. Empty Crete Dye into appropriate amount of acetone per instructions (this will depend on the size of the bottle purchased). Using the re-closable acetone container is recommended for mixing. Blend the mixture by stirring the open container, or by shaking the closed container for 30 seconds. Allow the mixture to dissolve for at least 3 hours prior to application. If a slower drying solution that will create a better mottled effect is desired, add the recommended amount of Crete Dye Penetration and Mottling Agent at any time prior to application, per instructions. Crete Dye Penetration and Mottling Agent is not recommended for porous concrete surfaces. Do not use any form of electrical equipment to mix the dye with the acetone. It is recommended to follow the manufacturer of the acetones instructions and the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for exposure limitations and safe handling practices.
APPLICATION: Apply Crete Dye using an acetone sprayer with a #6 or #8 tip, keeping the tip approximately 24 inches from the surface. Apply in a uniform circular motion, not allowing the dye to puddle at an approximate rate of 400-600 square feet per gallon. The concrete surface should appear wet for just a few seconds when applied properly. Mop up any puddle or excess dye with a clean rag to allow the surface to dry evenly. Allow Crete Dye to dry for approximately 1 minute. When using Crete Dye in conjunction with polishing, apply the dye after polishing with a 400 grit resin. If needed, a second application of Crete Dye may be applied prior to the final cycle.
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CLEANING: Crete Dye may leave residual dye on the surface after each application. It is recommended to dry buff using a buffer/burnisher with a white pad to remove loose dye. A buffer can be rented from most equipment rental stores, as well as "big box" home improvement stores. Vacuum or dust mop loose dye prior to sealing application. The use of water to clean and remove loose dye is not recommended. When polishing, neglecting to clean residual dye can affect resin performance.