Coloring Concrete Countertops
There are many options when coloring concrete countertops. How to color and which coloring option to choose will also depend on the method of fabricating the concrete countertop and the finish desired.
- Integral Colors: This method consists of adding color into the mix to produce color throughout the thickness of the countertop. Sometimes one or more colors ma be added during the placement process to create additional effect.
- Acid Stain or Dyes: Stains and Dyes may be added after the concrete cures enough not to be da,aged. Acid Stain produce earth tone., marbleizing hues that make concrete countertops look aged and very attractive. Dyes produce vibrant colors that are more solid than acid stains yet still translucent.
- Topical Stains: These water base stains add color to the surface while creating a film, they do require a sealer for protection.
- Glass beads, colored aggregate, metal inserts: All these materials add to the look of the countertop, usually they are broadcast on the surface then ground and exposed. There are many patterns and colorful materials that may be easily incorporated into the surface.
- Concrete Mix formulation: The formulation of the concrete countertop mix itself affect the final color of the countertop. Some of the additives that change the color of the mix are Fly Ash, White Cement, lightweight aggregate and more.
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