I'm ready to stain my concrete sidewalk. It's been power washed and has dried for 3 days (per the instrcutions of the Sherman Williams rep). Now, I read the instructions on the can and learned it has to be above 50 degrees for 24 hours after applying. Unfortunately, summer has passed. It's not going to be in the 50's during the evening hours until probably next spring. How critical is this? It'll be in the low 50's during the day but in the 30's and 40's during the evening. Of course, SW rep tells me I can do what I want. Not a good answer. I don't want to do all this prep work for nothing. Any advice?
Hard to say in this situation.
Are you using a transparent, semi or solid color stain and do the directions of all three have the same advice? You might be OK if it was a mild night and you did it in the morning of a warm day.
One good thing about the stain, if it fails, it will not be hard to go over again and touch up areas next spring. NOT like peeling paint in other words.
It is a solid color stain. I don't want to do it over again in the spring. I'm hoping to only have to re-stain every couple of years. I wish the rep had told me that this was the wrong time of year. I don't care to store it until spring. So, I guess 'll just have to wait. Aggghhh...
realize this post is very late,,, nevertheless, solid stains act more like coatings/paints impo,,, they don't change the color of the free lime in the concrete's cement,,,acid stains do,,, using UV resistant sealer protects the color,,, there isn't anything that doesn't require some maint, tho
if you hear it from an apron/vest store guy, be VERY skeptical
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