Behr Concrete stain nightmare

by "J"
(Houston, Texas)

I use the color sampler from Behr. We selected saltillo whatever number. Stained and the color looks nothing like the sampler.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to correct my tragic mistake :-) as in remove it.

It maybe cheaper just to get regular tile on top.

I'm however, offended by the misleading information provided by Behr. A good company, quality products, there is no need to lie and cost customers thousands of dollars due to false advertising. Truth is that if I had seen the real color of their Saltillo stain, I would probably just had chosen a solid color instead.

Comment: Whenever I do a stained concrete floor I always do color samples on the customer's floor. The color of the stain will look different on every concrete floor because of the mix design (sand, cement, aggregates) in the mix, and how the surface of the concrete was finished (very hard, smooth, dense, or porous). They are all different.

If you haven't already sealed the surface, you can hire an elite crete contractor to apply a micro-topping over your behr stained concrete floor. This will give you a new surface to stain. He can make you some sample boards to get you the color you want.

By Dave in Utah:

I too used the color swatch booklet and loved the semi-transparent colors. Turned out NOT AT ALL like the sampler. I DO understand that different concretes will absorb color differently, but what I ended up with was a solid paint coloring, nothing semi-transparent at all. would have been better off with regular paint for concrete! Behr needs to change the pamphlet and stop misleading. A good acid stain will give the colors/ transparency that I thought I was getting.

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