Solid Color Water-Based Stains: Concrete

Water-based solid color stains are available from H&C in over 80 colors!  Add color and life to any laundry room or basement floor with a simple water-based stain.  Although they don’t chemically react to the concrete like acid stains and are a bit thicker, these stains can also be used in conjunction with acid stains for more color options, or for a specific artistic look.


H&C® Concrete Stain Solid Color Water-based

Product Supplies

  1. Stiff broom
  2. Nylon/polyester brush
  3. Soft woven roller cover, 3/8″ – 1/2″ nap
  4. Roller frame
  5. Paint tray/liner
  6. Airless Sprayer
    • Pressure: 1500 psi
    • Tip: .013″ – .017″
  7. Conventional Sprayer
    • Air Pressure: 30 – 50 psi
    • Fluid Pressure: 15 – 20 psi
    • Cap/Tip: 704/FX or equivalent
  8. High-Volume Low Pressure Sprayer Cap/Needle: Titan #3 or equivalent


Product Preparation

Due to a wide variety of substrates, preparation and application methods and environments, test the product in an inconspicuous spot for adhesion and compatibility prior to full scale application. All surfaces must be clean, dry and free of grease, oil, paint, sealers, etc.

Newly poured concrete must cure for at least 45 days. Concrete must be etched with H&C Concrete Etching Solution, follow label instructions. The surface should feel like 120-grit sandpaper, if not, then etch again. Allow 24 hours to dry prior to staining.

Asphalt: must be free of dirt, oil, grease, wax, etc. Scrub with H&C Cleaner Degreaser, following label instructions. DO NOT ETCH ASPHALT. We do not recommend staining if the asphalt has been freshly sealed.

Previously painted: all old, peeling or flaking paint must be removed. Areas with firm adhesion must be clean and free of dirt, oil grease, etc. Clean with H&C Cleaner Degreaser, following label instructions. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. The remaining paint/coating should be rough sanded in a circular motion to ensure adhesion of H&C Concrete Stain Solid Color Water-based. Rinse away sanding dust.

Product Application

*Air and surface temperature should be between 50 and 90°F. If the surface temperature exceeds 90°, spray a fine mist of water to reduce the temperature. Rain should not fall for 24 hours after application. Apply H&C Concrete Stain Solid Color Water-Based to dry or even slightly damp surfaces.

*Intermix all containers together to ensure color uniformity.

For bare concrete, thin your first coat with one pint of water per gallon of stain. You do not need to do this step for asphalt, previously painted or vertical surfaces.

Apply first coat evenly, working in one direction. Allow to dry at least 2 hours before applying the second coat. Apply the second coat in the opposite direction to the first coat. Two coats are usually sufficient. Consider using H&C SharkGrip Slip-Resistant Additive to the final coat.

  • Dry to the touch: 30 minutes
  • Light traffic and recoat time: 2 hours
  • Heavy traffic/vehicular: 72-96 hours