I have some paint questions that I need answers too, and I think others wiil like the feedback from this topic.
I have watched the videos over and over and I am beginning to think I am just dumb. :) Here is my issue;
As the paint dries on my projects, it becomes non-existant. All that comes through is the grey concrete with some slight hints on the colors I put on. It looks good for awhile, but then goes away. I know the concrete is soaking it up, but when I watch the painting videos, Nathan just paints away and before you know it, his stuff looks killer!
Can you tell me how much drying time between base coats and final coats, or do you even let it dry? Also, how much should I be reducing my base coats with water? I am using the Behr concrete silconized acrylic stains. Mainly because that is what is readily available here.
The techniques I am getting down, but the paint I am not happy with. Like I said, I have watched the videos and read the topics. Please let me know what I am missing or doing wrong.
Thanks everyone so much for your time
Ok this is a great question...
There are several things that could be going on here.
First your paint, stain ,colorant ect could be watered down to much. Try less water... Top coats should be very "soild" meaning they should stay on the surface. If they are "soaking in" then they are to diluted.
Stains like Spectrum or Elements can have the water reduced if purchased in concentrated lots. Base tones are supposed to be either darker or lighter but it the top coats that really pull the stone into your final finish.
You can also try reactive stains as well to get deeper colors. Stains will tend to be on the light side of the color saturation. I have even used straight stain with no water element involved but this could leave a film on the surface of the rock. But for small details its works out.
Hope this help.
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