How do you cure colored concrete?

The best way to cure colored concrete is with an application of W-1000 Clear™ cure and seal. Some contractors will try other companies cure sealers. Some solvent-base sealers work well, but most water-based sealers don’t work. They may also turn white or could yellow with sun exposure.

Does colored concrete lighten as curing?

Be certain to use curing, sealing, and cure-and-seal products approved for use with colored concrete and follow manufacturer’s recommendations for application. Concrete will continue to lighten until it is fully cured. Allow the concrete to cure at least 30 days before inspecting it for color match or appearance.

How long does colored concrete take to cure?

In warm, sunny weather, concrete should be nearly its final color after about two weeks. In cooler, damp or overcast weather, the concrete will take at least a month or longer to reach its final color. After experiencing color variations a few times as a contractor myself, I did some research.

Does curing concrete change color?

When plastic, lumber or construction debris is left on colored concrete during initial curing, the surface color gets blotchy and irregular, with colors usually lighter where the material had been sitting.

Should you seal colored concrete?

Sealing colored concrete will not only protect it from stains and weather exposure, it will also enhance the beauty of the concrete by bringing out the color.

Why is my colored concrete turning white?

Why is my concrete turning white? Efflorescence is a white salty residue caused when too much moisture is moving through the concrete. As the concrete dries and its moisture rises upwards through the slab, it brings salts within the concrete to the surface as well.

Should colored concrete be sealed?

Why is my new concrete gray?

The concrete sets, and still looks acceptable…but only for a short period of time. The dark gray discoloration is caused by varying degrees of hydration of the cement in the concrete, caused by the varying moisture contents in the localized areas of the total concrete.

How long do you wait to seal colored concrete?

If your concrete is new, you’ll need to let it cure; wait at least one month before applying sealer.

How soon can you seal colored concrete?

After final wash down, allow surface to dry 72 hours before application of sealers. If newly installed (concrete-tile) requires grouting, it is recommended to pre-seal the tile before grouting to ease grout clean up. Use the sealer you have selected for the job to pre-seal the tile 24 hours before grouting.

Can you add color to concrete mix?

In a small container, mix the concrete coloring pigment with water, and then add to the concrete, according to the instructions on the bag. Tip: The more pigment you add, the more intense the color will be. Add a little more warm water than usual to the mix so it will pour easier into the bottle.

Can you recolor colored concrete?

You can make old stamped concrete look new again with recoloring. You can also change the color of stamped concrete if you are unhappy with the current shade.