Thanks for the comments on the concrete stain. I've always wanted to have a basement floor acid stained. That is, until I heard a couple horror stories on them turning out radically different than planned, etc. My wife and I had been going back and forth on the floor covering, from wood (scared me to death in the basement) to carpet, to vinyl plank wood look, etc, to ceramic tile, etc. I was in Menards for about the 100th time a couple months ago and noticed Rustoleum had a concrete stain product, and it was on sale. I went home and did some quick research, finding generally positive reviews. I figured for a couple hundred bucks, no harm no foul if I screwed it up, so decided to give it a try.
It turns out it is a really nice product. I went with a two stage application, putting down a layer a Burnt Brick, then a layer of Sienna at about 50% the amount of the burnt brick. I then applied two coats of clear gloss sealer.
The product is applied with a sprayer, making it incredibly easy. It's semi-transparent so it doesn't look like paint at all, which I like, and it is a penetrating stain.
The final clear gloss coat doesn't make it quite as glossy as I would like, but after more research I found that it can be polished to a ultra high gloss, which I'll do once everything is done. So far I am extremely happy with how it has turned out! We do plan on getting a couple big area rugs to break it up. The nice thing is down the road we can always cover it with carpet or something else if we want a change.
Here's the sequence I used. it may vary slightly from the instructed method, but I'm very happy with it:
1. Completely clean, clear, sweep and wet mop the area (wet mopped several times)
2. Apply etching solution (Rustoleum brand) and scrub with a hard bristle broom
3. Wet mop two more times to rinse
4. Let dry completely
5. Apply base color stain (burnt brick) with sprayer, keeping nozzle on a fairly fine mist. Apply in circular motion at about 70-80% coverage
6. Let dry.
7. Apply a second light coat of base color to increase depth.
8. Let dry.
9. Apply accent color (Sienna) at about 50% coverage.
10. Let dry.
11. Apply Clear Gloss Sealer (Rustoleum).
12. Let dry
13. Apply second coat of Clear Gloss Sealer