Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Start a Liquid Stone Dying Business

  
(333). Start a Liquid Stone Dying Business
LSD is an azo-chromium translucent coloring agent. There is no chemical reaction in this specific coloring process; the dyes penetrate the concrete surface. This is a process that achieves exceptional, durable colors. This product is intended for interior use. With the wide range of colors, LSD can be used to create specific designs and exciting patterns with predictable results. 

LSD is available in 7 standard colors: Black, Blue, Dark Walnut, Green, Orange, Red, and Yellow. These colors can all be blended to create an unlimited palette of colors. 

LSD is available in 1 Gal and 5 Gal containers. Drums are available upon request.

ADVANTAGES 
LSD yields many advantages to its consumers:

  • LSD can be applied on old and new concrete creating new looks for plain gray surfaces.
  • It is durable, it penetrates the concrete, and as a result, it will not peel or chip.
  • LSD can be used on surfaces that do not take stain. It can also be used to adjust stain colors. If you cannot achieve the stain color you had hoped for, LSD can be added to achieve that color.
  • LSD can add a textured look and depth to the surface. (Refer to the training manual for application techniques.)
  • LSD can achieve a range of colors, from soft shades to vibrant colors.
  • It is predictable and consistent.

APPLICATION  
FLOOR PREP/CLEANING
1. Most important in the dying process is working on a clean surface.  All concrete surfaces 
must be obviously and noticeably clean, dry, structurally sound and free from dirt.  Challenges 
will be removing lino/carpet glue, dust, oil, grease, solvents, paint, wax, asphalt, curing and 
sealing compounds, surface hardeners, bond breakers, adhesive residue, and other 
contaminants. Remember that the stain is transparent and will not cover a poorly cleaned 
surface and can impact the entire dying process.

2. During the dying process, the surface temperature must be between 50L-86LF (10L-30LC).
3. Prior to working with Stone Dye, the Material Safety Data Sheet must be reviewed.  Stone 
Dye has the flashpoint of greater than 75LF (24LC).
4. The area to be dyed must be well ventilated.  Please note that protective gloves and goggles 
must be worn when working with Stone Dye.
5. Next, mix the dye with Liquid Stone DT409.  
a. Use the following example ratios; 1 dye: 1 DT409, 1:3, 1:5 or 1:8. The ratio of 1:1 being the 
darkest shade of that color and 1:10 being the lightest shade.  These ratios are merely 
guidelines; since all concrete slabs will take differently to the dyes you must use a test area 
for the best ratio for your project. 
6.  Before dying the entire area, it is important to test a section of the concrete.  Apply the 
Stone Dye mixture with a pump up pressure sprayer.  (A fine mist sprayer tip is recommended.)  It 
is important that the sprayer and the nozzle be solvent resistant.  Stone Dye should be applied 
in overlapping circles and waves to achieve a mottled look on the concrete surface. 

DRYING TIME
7. Stone Dye must completely dry on the concrete surface.  Allow Stone Dye to dry for a 
minimum of 12 hours.  Once it is completely dry, color can be checked by placing water on it.  
This will reveal the true color of the surface and will allow you to judge if the color has been 
achieved.  If you need to add more color, repeat steps 5 and 6.  
8. Once the floor is completely dry, the sealer should be applied.  (Please refer to the Liquid 
Stone Sealers for options and application specifications.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Due to the nature of Liquid Stone Dye, the importance of following the proper application 
procedure and reviewing the MSDS sheets has a direct impact on the final appearance.  It is 
highly recommended by Liquid Stone that any individual who will be applying this product attend 
a training seminar to ensure proper handling and professional results.

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