Concrete Dye and Staining With Surfkoat Products

How to Create an Entryway that Pops!

Concrete dye and staining is an art all to its own. On this particular project, which was a stamped concrete entry and walkway, color and a non-slip surface were the clients two main concerns. We will discuss both concerns in this article. To address these two issues we will begin with the color selection process which is always the main consideration of any project.

This client had a very unique color on their doors and trim that they wanted to compliment with the color of their walkway and entryway. So they selected three colors to sample on the walkway, Saddle Brown, Caramel and Chocolate in a Surfkoat Exterior Dye. In the second photograph of the walkway, you can see these three colors in varying color density from lite to dark or full strength to reduced strength in color.

We selected Surfkoat Exterior Dye for this project because it is a solvent based concrete dye that is extremely versatile, highly durable and has extraordinary adhesion and UV resistance properties for consistent longevity in exterior use applications.

Its versatility is primarily found in its ratio flexibility, as you can add as much dye or as little dye as you like to adjust how dark or how lite you want the application to be. Of course, the less dye you have will make the color more translucent and lighter in color. This also permits the original color of the concrete you are applying the dye on to have a greater impact on the final color which can be also be very interesting.

Therefore, we always want to experiment with samples to find the perfect look for our clients project! It starts with determining the ideal product we want to use. In this case, we had existing stamped concrete which we want to enhance, not hide. So we chose to use the Surfkoat dye which has great translucent properties with extremely flexible ratio strength coloring. It is also a concrete dye which makes it pretty much permanent. This was also an exterior application so using a system that has great adhesion, UV resistance and high traffic resistance, made Surfkoat Exterior Dye the perfect choice. And this project turned out great! Quoting the Client’s text after she come home and saw the final project she texted “Looks amazing”.

By the way, they selected Chocolate. It goes perfectly with the doors and trim as you can see from the photographs above! Chocolate, on this particular project, brought out the slight orange and red found in the color on the doors and trim. Another successful project! But like I always say, this is art and as such, taking the time to get the right color combination is essential to any projects success and to have a very happy client!

Now I will briefly discuss the proper application for acquiring a fairly slip-free surface. We have been using Surfkoat Deco Guard for years here at Concrete Restoration Systems LLC because it is the best sealer we have found in our 40 years in business in Denver Colorado. This product is a Siloxane Modified Methyl Methacrylate Acrylic Sealer. We have received consistent product durability and longevity from this application.

The Siloxane additive provides huge salt and moisture resistance and the methyl methacrylate is highly UV resistant and is fairly slip free as our customers commonly rave about. Truly the best sealer on the market today! And you won’t be disappointed in the price either! We highly recommend and invariably apply this application to all of our projects. When you want to please your clients use the best use SurfKoat!


Article was written by:

Daniel L. Yalacki

CEO/President of Concrete Restoration Systems

by Malibu Pools LLC


If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!

Swimming Pool after

Swimming Pool and Spa Restoration and Paver Installation

Brick pavers are very popular these days. They are very versatile and beautiful. They also can’t crack like concrete, as they move with the ground, which is great for Colorado. Most people are surprised to find out how durable these pavers are. A typical driveway has a PSI strength of about 3,500 P.S.I. But these stones are about 14,000 P.S.I. and move with the ever-changing soil conditions we experience here in Colorado.

They are available in many sizes, shapes and colors to complement any project you may have! Along with providing awesome and exclusive concrete restoration systems and paver application, here at Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools, we have been the industry leader in the building and renovation of swimming and spas since 1978. In fact, we are the second oldest swimming pool company in the Denver area. A swimming pool company that also offers all backyard amenities such as outdoor kitchens, fire pits, water features, paver installation along with providing our full in-house architectural services, to achieve that perfect backyard environment you have been dreaming of having!

On this site, we spend a fair amount of time discussing the many alternative systems for concrete restoration. However, we have so much more than that to offer. In this article, we will explore the options and creative renovation techniques we use to restore swimming pools and spas. Okay, I know what your thinking, this is a really, really, really blue pool and spa. But that is what the client wanted and the client always gets what they want.

Okay, let’s start with the spa. This spa was tiled in one-inch tiles and the client hated the tiles and wanted a Royal Blue pool and spa. So, we removed the tiles and installed glass tiles around the perimeter of the pool and spa. To accent the steps and sitting ledges, we placed in laid tiles. We then install a 100% solids epoxy to the pool and spa in a Royal Blue color. We then applied a polyurethane finish over the epoxy to protect against UV rays that are harsh on epoxies to achieve a beautiful long lasting pool finish.

Using our experience in concrete restorations, we decided to remove the existing paint from the coping of the spa and using a right angle grinder and a crack chaser wheel to cut the coping up into individual stones as shown. We then applied our Quartz System over the stones in a charcoal color to match the coping around the pool. We then took real stone and created a spillover from the spa into the pool. To finish this, we took real stone again to finish the face of the spillover which is essentially a waterfall or water feature which we also do here at Concrete Restorations. To make the entire project complete, we applied Dolphin Gray Stucco to coordinate with all of the others grays, to the outside perimeter of the spa. The client told me the other day that he and his wife have decided to paint their house in the same colors
because they are so pleased with what we did with their pool area!

When it comes to backyard resort style living, there is not much we can’t do! This is our 40th year serving the Denver Area with high quality and inspirational solutions to your home improvement needs! For your next project, we invite you to take advantage of our free consultation services and let’s create something GREAT!


Article written by Daniel Yalacki CEO and President of:
Concrete Restoration Systems by Malibu Pools LLC

If you would like us to help you with your project, please click here to schedule a free consultation for creative concrete solutions. If you can Imagine it, we can Create it!