with color dyes
One of the most captivating features of polished concrete is the option of using color dyes to create art work directly on the concrete surface. The floor is used as a canvas where incredibly articulated art work can be imprinted. The process is conceptually simple, but the actual installation can be challenging and requires experience. What we call stenciling is an art involving both modern technology and artisan craftsmanship, once again creating a unique result on every project.
The masking stencil – Once the floor slab has been properly prepared (diamond grinded and honed), vinyl stencils are applied to the floor in layers. The stencils are made with especially manufactured vinyl sheeting which sticks to the polished floor and can be peeled without leaving glue residue. These stencils are manufactured from a high definition PDF file provided by the client. The wanted design then is broken down in “layers” by our designing techs (in a process similar to screen printing) and sent out for manufacturing. Unlike other type on the market, our stencils are only temporarily masking applied to the floor in order to allow the coloring. Once the dye dries, the stencil is removed and a new layer is applied for a different color.
Color dyes – Our preferred dye system for stenciling is Ameripolish Classic Dyes. These concentrated dyes come in many vibrant tones and are engineered for stenciling on diamond polished surfaces and permanently bond to the concrete. Once the color dyes are applied, the masking stencil layer is removed and the process repeats for each needed color layer. Now the dye is permanently blocked into the concrete and can be removed only by grinding. The polishing process is then completed, including the application of sealer, buffing and burnishing.
Durability – The stenciled art work will perform at top levels just as the rest of the polished floor. The graphics therefore will have an extreme durability, higher than any epoxy or other coloring product available on the market. A minimal amount of maintenance is required on our floors every few years to maintain it spiffy and sharp as the first day. On slabs with a high moisture content the pigment overtime may be drawn deep into the slab, causing some fading. This situation can be recognized by the fact that the surface will maintain the sheen just like the rest of the floor but the dye intensity will diminish. This is a rare situations that can be corrected by application of additional dye.