Faux Combinations

Faux Finish with NewLook’s Water Based Concrete Stains

Decorative concrete stain includes more than just acid stain for faux finishing or “faux painting”, as some say. It includes water based concrete stain, like NewLook’s SmartColor, which can also be used to faux marble or create other faux finishes.

Why fuss with the corrosive mess and unpredictability of acid stain when you can depend on the color of NewLook’s water-based concrete stain? Acid stain colors are inconsistent since acid stain reacts with unique (chemical) properties of concrete; you cannot duplicate the finish or ensure a color match. But NewLook’s water-based, non-reactive decorative concrete stain, like SmartColor, enable you faux finish, replicate the mottled effects of acid stain, or even create your own marketable style of faux finishes.

NOTE: This list represents SUGGESTED concrete stain color combinations only. A variety of faux finish effects and intensities of color can be created depending on the amount and combination of SmartColor or Designer Series Enhancers™ (“DS Enhancer”). Since the color and resolution of computer monitors will vary, NewLook recommends using representative jobsite samples to select final stain colors. Remember, faux finish techniques and skills are developed by practicing; refer to an experienced and trained installer. Supplement DS Enhancer colors for comparable SmartColor concrete stain color tones. Go now and color your world!

NewLook Concrete Color Maintenance System
Easy to use and install
Easily duplicate acid stain effects and faux finishes
Reliable, non-reactive stain colors
Long-lasting, durable finish; UV-resistant
Large variety of opaqeu and translucent stain colors
Non-acid; non-reactive; no acid-free sprayers required
No messy clean-up; no neutralizers required

Forget acid stain! Use SmartColor to create your own decorative recipe. Try Milk Chocolate (SC-119) over Peanut Butter (SC-113). Or perhaps Hazelnut (SC-115) and Juneberry (SC-110) would look yummy together! Whatever your palate calls for, SmartColor is the right ingredient for your decorative concrete needs!

For best results, create a mist of SmartColor(s) (picture left) over the intended surface using an airless or HVLP sprayer; a beautiful, variegated finish can be achieved through the various absorbencies of the substrate (picture left), as well as the unique weights of each SmartColor pigment. Depending on the desired effect, SmartColor may also be applied via pump sprayer, the NewLook Applicator Brush, bristle brush, sea sponge or paint roller. Watch the training videos!