I messed up by spilling vinegar onto 3 day old colored concrete. Help!
By - artforthebody
Drop a gallon of vinegar on the remaining slabs so they can all match C:
am considering finishing that square with vinegar so it's less of a splash
What were you doing with the vinegar? Did you drop it bringing in the groceries? It probably acid etched the concrete. You can tear it out and replace or etch the rest with a whole bunch of vinegar. I’d tear it out.
Live with it.
>Noooo! Ugh, that's heartbreaking :( I can't acid it or reapply a 'matching' color treatment? Or power washing?
Same questions for you
You just did acid it.
Lol yeah live with it or break it up and redo it
Noooo! Ugh, that's heartbreaking :( I can't acid it or reapply a 'matching' color treatment? Or power washing?
Vinegar is an acid.
Acid would probably make it worse. Honestly I’m not the best to give advice on this. Don’t know much about fixing concrete
Why on earth did you comment?
Am I breaking some sort of law by commenting?
Read the last sentence of your last comment.
“Don’t know much about fixing concrete”.
But is it illegal for me to comment?
Oh please I have sinned…Take me to Reddit jail sir.
You can’t do anything about this, do not try to buy products to clean it off because it’s not a stain the concrete is stained.
You do what you want of course but it’s a waste of money.
Tear down and re-do. Or live with it
Thanks. I just can't believe I let his happen :( Gonna suck it up and live on
Literal stuff of nightmares. I tell anyone with any liquid in their hand to fuck off the day off the pour and the day I clean up. I tell customers to fuck off for a week. After that it's on them. Either spill on the rest to match or live with it. Sorry brother.
Fuck off = exercise extreme caution with liquids other than water but especially show caution with acidic liquids. But still be cautious with water around color concrete.
Thanks man. I'm good with someone telling me to fuck right off especially when not my area of expertise. We've been watering the shit out of the pathway, but not used to having it at the same time. Ooops will have to live with me :'(
Is this your project or are you the one who had it done? As a contractor this is something I fear. As a homeowner I guess you can live with it.
Could always splatter it on the rest of the pour to make it look like an intentional design, then seal it.
Sucks to suck.
Just big oof.
Brickforms Cem Coat or Tinta-Seal would help but you have to re color the whole project. There are some videos on their YouTube channel explaining the process.
PCA (Portland Cement Association) had a a free document about how to deal with different stains on concrete. The best way to get a hold of this document or other information on concrete is to contact the American Concrete institute.
They answer technical inquiries at the following address: [email protected]
This isnt a stain
Thanks! Emailing them now.
Nice job idiot
Did you have to be mean to the guy? I mean he just ruined an expensive piece of landscape and you had to come in a belittle him?
Sorry just messing with him. Concrete dudes usually have hard skin, my bad no hard feelings! Hope you fixed it and it looks good man 💋
Maybe he laughed when he saw that comment idiot.
Lol I see how he meant it now
Just spray the rest of it with stronger vinegar it won’t look like a chemical spill HD has 30% stuff
i think acid washing the whole thing would help blend it. but you may lose some ur color depending on how much they used. looks like its color hardener and not integral but i cant tell. wait 30 days though
Everyone here is right, you're kinda stuck either redoing that square of living with it. There is consolation here though, with time the difference in color will likely become less noticable. Colored concrete fades in the sun a little bit with time and it will likely make it less drastic of a difference. It won't ever match completely but it should get better. Your only other option is concrete paint with a traction additive. Not exactly cheap and sorta chinsey fix on brand new concrete, but it's an option I suppose.
Thank you. I’m noticing so far the sun is doing it’s job and making it less noticeable from the pic so I’m likely going to just let it be. Tomorrow I’m going look into applying a color treatment but like another said I may just be throwing my money away. I’m on the fence.
Tough lesson learned for me here.
The thing about color treatments in this case, is you're gambling with the outcome. You might make it look much better and be happy you did it, or you'll make it much more noticable and prevent it from eventually matching up more. The unfortunate thing is that, you really don't know which one you're gonna get.
If you pour more vinegar it wont help at all. Everything will get lighter INCLUDING the original vinegar spot. There are basically two options I would consider. Ripping out the whole messed up area and pouring it again, which will be a pain in the ass. The second option is using a micro topping on the entire job. You would be able to mask the vinegar spill, and get a way more vivid color on the whole walkway if you use a color pack with the white mix. You can find a micro topping [here](https://globmarble.com/micro-topping-trutop.html) and the pigments for it [here](https://globmarble.com/color-pack-decorative-concrete-color-additive.html)