Concrete Countertop Dye
Coverage: 1 Quart Bottle will cover approximately 75 - 100 sq. ft. depending on porosity of concrete. 1 Sample Bottle (4oz) will cover approx. 10 - 12 sq. ft.
Z Aqua-Tint is a water soluble concrete dye formulated for use on concrete counter tops. It can be applied to polished, troweled or textured concrete . Z Aqua-Tint will duplicate the performance of solvent based dyes while eliminating the dangers of flammable solvents. When cured, Z Aqua-Tint exhibits the same long lasting beauty as traditional dyes. Z Aqua-Tint comes in a variety of colors that can be mixed to create nearly any desired tone. 100% countertop safe.
Aqua-Tint (Dye) vs Aqua-Stain UV
Z Aqua-Tint dyes are fine pigments that are many, many times smaller than what is contained in stains. These pigments actually go into a solution with dyes rather than a suspension as with stains. This makes Aqua-Tint the ideal solutions for a very tight finished countertop that has a burnished steel trowel or highly polished (past 400 grit) surface. The nature of dyes allows them to penetrate into the concrete almost regardless of the “openness” of the surface. A rough analogy is the stains are a form of paint, and dyes are more like an ink.
Concrete dye particles do not exhibit good light fastness. In other words, they tend to fade in sunlight. That makes Z Aqua-Tint dyes a poor choice for outdoor concrete that is in direct sunlight. For outdoor applications, it is safer to use Z Aqua-Stain UV (sold here).
WARNING: Colors may vary depending on concrete mixture initial color and the porosity of the concrete. ALWAYS test on a sample piece or in an inconspicuous area to verify color before coating entire top. Samples were created with Z Counter-Pack mix and standard concrete mix sanded to 400 grit before applying Z Aqua-Tint. Two coats of Z SiAcryl 14 were then applied.
Below are a few different examples of how concrete was colored, using the Z Aqua-Tint:
1. Pennsylvania Bluestone
This sample was created using our Thin Insert Slate Form Liners and stamped with our Slate Texture Mat to make the concrete appear like slate. To color it, a base coat of "Amber" Z Aqua-Tint was rolled on to evenly coat the entire piece. Next, "Ebony" and "Sienna" were applied with a sea sponge. When the stain was dry to the touch, the entire piece was rinsed with a sponge and clear water to slightly blend the colors together. Finally, Z SiAcryl 14 was rolled on to seal the piece without altering the colors.
2. South Dakota Granite
This sample was created using our Thin Insert Stone Form Liners and stamped with our Stone Texture Mat to make the concrete appear like chiseled stone. Once the concrete was poured, but while it was still wet, "Ebony" was lightly sprayed onto the entire surface before stamping the concrete with the texture mat. Once dry, the top was sanded with 60, 120, and 220 Diamond Sanding Discs to remove most of the back color from the high spots. After the forms were removed, "Ebony was lightly sponged onto the edges. Next, the entire piece was sprayed with "Mojave". Once the concrete was cured, the piece was sealed with Z Poxy. The Z Poxy coating greatly darkens the colors and adds a high gloss finish.