Category Archives: Colour Stains

Solid colour or Smartcolour

This question was asked by
Ruth Beecham

I have 170 sq metres of brand new concrete interior residential floors. The aim was to acid stain these floors. However, your products look a whole stack easier! I have watched all your videos and read all the info, but am still a little confused with product names/ranges. The effect I want are pale base colours with slightly darker ‘faux’ effects on top. On the colour charts, I am confused by ‘solid’ colours and/or Smartcolour. (2 different colour cards side by side with different products listed?) Please could you explain the differences, and also send me the colour charts? Many thanks (and also for the preparation/water test video in particular).

In simple terms the Solid colour stain is a opaque stain, this is used to give the concrete one smooth uniform colour or a uniform base colour for the mottled or faux acid effect.

The Smart colour is a semi transparent finish and is used to add the mottled effect by sprayer.

Take a look at the video “staining concrete start to finish” this, I think, is what you are looking to do.

Drew Palin

Newlook Smartcolour Stain

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Paul Diaper

We are looking to install some concrete panel fencing on one of our property boundaries.

We would like to colour the panels using Adseal Newlook Smartcolour Stain.

I notice much of your information focuses on floor application of this stain with just a single photo of it used on a wall.

Is this stain suitable for vertical concrete surfaces?

We are looking to use Allen Concrete fencing panels, if that helps??

Sorry for the delay in responding, we had a problem with the website.

The Smartcolour can be used on vertical surfaces, I would suggest that you may need to apply a few applications of the Eco acid (link below) for the preparation work, as it is designed to be left to work but as it will run off you will need to reapply.

Eco Acid [profiler] (EA)
Drew Palin

Stain products

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Will this work on block paving.

Yes they will, they are ok to use on any concrete based product, just bear in mind that the coverage will be severely reduced, by at least half.

Drew Palin

Lightening up Imprint paving

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I have very dark almost black imprint and I hate it, can i make it lighter

Yes it is possible to make dark paving light,

First you would need to remove the sealer from the surface using the Easy strip (link below).

Once this has been done you need to jet wash the surface, then, when dry apply the Eco acid solution to profile the surface to ensure it is porous enough for the stain to soak in, there is a video on the website explaining this,

Next when it is dry (90% dry is fine) you can apply the Solid colour stain using the applicator brush following the instructions (included in the box and there is a video on the site).

If you are happy with the colour you can stop there.

If you want the 2 tone/antiqued effect of imprint concrete you can achieve this by using a darker Smartcolour diluted to 1:6 with water, all you have to do is spray an even coat all over the surface, then as it dries it will settle in the deeper areas to create the effect, as it is drying, if you think it is still to dark on the main surface, misting water over the surface will make more of the colour run off the high spots.

Once it has all dried (ideally 24hrs+) you will need to seal the drive using either the WB25 or WB34.

Drew Palin

What should I do before applying concrete stain

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– Francis DeanĀ in Doncaster

I am planning to apply some Newlook stain to my garden path, but it doesn’t look like the stain will soak into the stones, don’t want to waste any stain, so how can I make sure it works properly.

The video below explains what to do to get the best result.
Essentially with a stone that isn’t very porous you need to apply some Eco Acid and the video will show you how to do that.

You can get some Eco Acid at this link if you don’t already have some

What’s the best way to make concrete slabs look new again?

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I have a concrete slab patio, which must be 10 years old nearly. They look pretty tired and ugly and i want to rejuvenate them by giving them a bit of colour, nothing outrageous, they are grey and want to keep them grey just brighten them up, I don’t think clear sealer will do it. What would you recommend?

Many thanks

I would recommend using the Solid colour stain (link below) this is a quick easy way to recolour concrete.
Drew Palin

How much colour and sealant do I need for a 30 square metre concrete drive?

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Peter Clifford

I would like to colour a newly laid 30 square metre concrete drive with Smart colour (Licorice). Please could you advise the amounts of prep material, colour and sealer (satin finish) required for this. Many thanks

As the concrete is new you will need to leave it a minimum of 30days before trying to stain to let the concrete cure.

Before staining you will need to acid wash the surface to remove any loose dusty surface from the concrete using the Eco acid

If you are looking to apply a single solid colour to the concrete I would recommend using the Solid colour stain (medium grey) you will need 1 x 32oz kit to do your area.
The solid colour stain will be much quicker, easier and cheaper than the smartcolour (you would need at least 3 x 32oz bottles to get a solid uniform colour).

Then finally to seal I would suggest the WB25.

I have listed all the relevant products below, I would highly recommend watching the installation videos before you start the job.
Drew Palin

What is the best way to stain a cement wall?

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Hello. I have put an inch thick cement coat on top of a block wall and have carved out the cement to imitate real stone shapes. I would like to add a realistic mottled stone finish to imitate grey limestone or slate. Can I apply your product by hand-brush? Would your translucent range be suitable/

Newlook do a specific stain for vertical surfaces called Wallstain (link below), if you use 3 or 4 different colours you can achieve a very nice natural looking wall.
Drew Palin