Acid stained concrete floors/basement questions

Does anyone have these or better yet DIY? I'm not trying to pimp it out but just have a place to workout, and let the kids play when they need some running room on a tight tight budget.

The house is only 3 yrs old, with an unfinished basement, so no previous stuff scrape off or remove. Acid staining is I think the cheapest and most practical way to go (in case of water damage/moisture), and I'm comfortable in trying to do it myself from what I've read online.

If you have this kind of floor, how do you like it? if you did it yourself, how reasonable was the cost and labor involved? What actual brand/color did you use and where did you get it?
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No advice, but I'd love to hear other people's experiences. We'd like to do this in our basement, and don't know if we should try to do it ourselves or hire someone.
I have some throughout my house. It was done by the people who I bought my house from.

The issues that I have with the floor are likely due to poor application and not being taken care of properly before I moved in.

There is a big crack across the living room that makes the sealant crack as well.

The scoring that they did was crooked and uneven in some areas.

On the other hand, I use my Dyson with the brush turned off and it works like a charm. I don't worry too much about scratches or dings in the floor because the sealant will be applied and take care of all of that later.

It's not too bad I guess. I wish I didn't have to move everything and apply that stuff on a monthly basis (or so) in order to keep it shiny.

But I will take it any day over the carpeting that is in the bedrooms!
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I did mine myself. It's really easy to do (technically speaking). I would definitely suggest practicing some first, just to get the hang of it. I used a water-based stain from Smith Paints (http://www.smithpaints.com/index.php...d=39&Itemid=60), I think it was a mixture of adobe and desert sand. Then a few topcoats of Kemiko Stone Tone sealer (also water based). They turned out great! I don't have any pics on this computer but could probably dig some up later if you're interested.
I did mine myself. It's really easy to do (technically speaking). I would definitely suggest practicing some first, just to get the hang of it. I used a water-based stain from Smith Paints (http://www.smithpaints.com/index.php...d=39&Itemid=60), I think it was a mixture of adobe and desert sand. Then a few topcoats of Kemiko Stone Tone sealer (also water based). They turned out great! I don't have any pics on this computer but could probably dig some up later if you're interested.
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I would like to see them if you have time. Most of the sites I've been to show restaurant floors or intricate patterns. The most I would do is tape off large square (like 3x3) for a block effect.

Do you recall about how much you spent to do it yourself?
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When I looked into doing this myself on a couple more of my floors, I think I went to Lowes and I figured it to be about $100-$150.

I was surprised at the choices in colors that were available there. For some reason, I thought that the only colors available were the pre-mixed ones on the shelf. Turned out, there were other options that they could mix for you right there...like when they mix paint for you.
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I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
Sorry it took so long to dig up pictures...the flash makes the floor look either too red or too washed out. I was trying to match the faded out clay flower pot, which I got very close to. The green paint was previous owner's choice - it went away.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lkelly/F...eat=directlink

The small bottles of Smith stain were about $10 each, you mix them with water and use a spayer to apply. It depends on the square footage and how opaque or sheer you want the color to be. I think you could do the whole project with stain, sealer and sprayer for around $100, maybe less?
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