Different applications of Concrete color

Tips on how Concrete color can be applied in different ways to achieve different results.

Different tools yield different results

Concrete color is versatile in terms of application and outcomes. Different tools yield different results, and each tool can create distinct effects. The color is best applied using a putty knife, sponge, or brush. You can always sand the color after allowing it to dry and cure for 24 hours, and a sanded finish provides a more varied and lively look.

Putty knife: Works best for larger objects with straight edges, such as pedestals, tabletops, etc.
PaintbrushWorks well and can be used on almost all objects, small or large.
Sponge: Just like the brush, the sponge works effectively on most objects.

Unsanded vs sanded

Different applications with a brush

Here are three suggestions for different results you can achieve with Concrete color, using only a brush.

Alternative 1

To achieve a smooth surface using a brush, apply the color with regular, simple strokes. To make the surface as smooth as possible, it can also help to have a light touch and gently spread the color.

Alternative 2

To achieve a textured surface using a brush, apply a significant amount of color in “small heaps” as shown in the images below. Cover the entire surface and then let the color dry.

Alternative 3

To achieve a rough surface, we primarily recommend using a sponge. However, it’s also possible to achieve a rough texture using a brush. You can do this by “dabbing” the brush at a horizontal angle.

It’s also possible to dab the brush at a straight angle as shown below, but keep in mind that this can wear down the brush bristles.

Different applications with a putty knife

Here are three suggestions for different results you can achieve with Concrete color, using only a putty knife.

Alternative 1

To achieve a smooth surface using a putty knife, apply color to the putty knife and spread a layer of color over the entire object you are painting.

Alternative 2

To achieve a more textured surface, apply color to the putty knife and spread a layer of color over the entire object, similar to in option 1. Let this dry for at least 2 hours, then apply another layer of color to the putty knife. Next, spread small, short layers of color on top of the previously dried surface (as shown in the images below).

Allow this to dry for 24 hours, and finish with the sanding sponge for more color variation.

Alternative 3

To achieve a highly textured surface, apply color to the putty knife and spread a layer of color over the entire object you’re painting, similar to in option 1. Let this dry for at least 2 hours, and then apply more color to the putty knife. “Dab” the color onto a small area, as shown in the images below.

After you have dabbed small dots of color in an area, gently drag the putty knife over these color heaps as quickly as possible (before they dry) to spread them along the object. Repeat the process until you’ve covered the entire object. See the image below.

If you wish to add even more texture, repeat the process again. In other words, apply more color heaps that you then spread out once again.

Once you’re satisfied, let it dry. If you desire more color variation, sand the surface after it has dried and cured for 24 hours.

Application with a sponge

A sponge is perhaps the simplest tool to use. This is because the sponge always produces more or less the same result, which is a delightful textured surface. This is achieved by dabbing the color with the sponge. The variations are limited, making the result predictable; the only difference could be the amount of color applied with the sponge. If you have more color on the sponge, you’ll get “larger pits,” and if you have less color on the sponge, you’ll get smaller/fine pits. The image below illustrates the difference.

Less color vs more color

Less color on the sponge

By gently dabbing the color with the sponge, you achieve a result that is more subtle and even.

More color on the sponge

By using more color on the sponge during application, you can achieve more pronounced and expressive results. With more color on the sponge, the surface will have deeper and more prominent textures and patterns.