How To Color Stone Veneer With Advanced DIY Custom Color Matching
How To Color Stone Veneer With Advanced DIY Custom Color Matching - The following information on how to create custom colored stone veneers is addressed to the Do It Yourself community. This publication will cover an advanced coloring technique that can be used with all types of concrete stone sheet molds. Step 1 begins where our basic page page "How" ends.
Basic Items Needed
Stone Sheet Molds
A concrete mix
Combined color paint
Custom color matching: Take your color samples to the paint department of your local paint supplier that has a computerized color matching system. Ask for your custom paint to be created using the highest quality masonry paint available.
Mix the paint: Simply mix the paint in a ratio of 1 part of paint to 1 part of water.
Preparation of the stone veneer for painting: the only preparation necessary for the stones is to saturate them in water. Water will carry the paint deeper inside the stones. There are several ways to saturate the stones in the water. Some people use a concrete mixing tub and others use a water hose.
Applying paint: Using a lint-free cloth moistened with paint. With a cloth soaked in water, wipe or wipe excess paint from the surface of the stone veneer. The harder you clean or touch the stones, the lighter the color will be. Like painting a piece of paper, the stones can be painted with as many different colors as they fit on the stones.
Ready for installation: drying and curing the paint are not the same. Keep in mind that the paint can be easily scratched during the curing process. The paint is dry to the touch in a few minutes at appropriate temperatures, but it will take up to 30 days to cure, depending on the type of paint.
Care of the stone: Taking into account exposure to water will greatly extend the beauty of the life of your stone veneer. Daily exposure to water will start a process called efflorescence. Basically, a white crust of calcium will form and concrete that has regular exposure to water will be eaten.
Stones purchased from a local supplier are scratched due to excessive handling and stacking. If you want clean, scratch-free stones, then you will NOT want to stack or handle the finished product excessively.
Now is the time to add your own spin and go!
Happy stone making