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Z Aqua-Tint (Dye)

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3.00 LBS
$5.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
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Product Description

Concrete Countertop Dye

1qt. (946ml) per bottle. Will cover approximately 75 - 100 sq. ft.


Z Aqua-Tint is a water soluble concrete dye formulated for use on concrete counter tops. It can be applied to polished, troweled or textured concrete. Z Aqua-Tint will duplicate the performance of solvent based dyes while eliminating the dangers of flammable solvents. When cured, Z Aqua-Tint exhibits the same long lasting beauty as traditional dyes. Z Aqua-Tint comes in a variety of colors that can be mixed to create nearly any desired tone. 100% countertop safe. 

Aqua-Tint vs Aqua-Stain UV

Z Aqua-Tint dyes are fine pigments that are many, many times smaller than what is contained in stains.  These pigments actually go into a solution with dyes rather than a suspension as with stains. This makes Aqua-Tint the ideal solutions for a very tight finished countertop that has a burnished steel trowel or highly polished (past 400 grit) surface. The nature of dyes allows them to penetrate into the concrete almost regardless of the “openness” of the surface.  A rough analogy is the stains are a form of paint, and dyes are more like an ink.

Concrete dye particles do not exhibit good light fastness.  In other words, they tend to fade in sunlight.  That makes Z Aqua-Tint dyes a poor choice for outdoor concrete that is in direct sunlight. For outdoor applications, it is safer to use Z Aqua-Stain UV



Specialty Color Schemes

Color Chart 

WARNING:  Colors may vary depending on concrete mixture initial color and the porosity of the concrete. ALWAYS test on a sample piece or in an inconspicuous area to verify color before coating entire top. Samples were created with Z Counter-Pack mix and standard concrete mix sanded to 400 grit before applying Z Aqua-Tint. Two coats of Z SiAcryl 14 were then applied.















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  1. Met my expectations 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jan 2016

    Let me begin by saying that this was my first time using concrete stain and it was definitely a learning experience.
    I would highly recommend for other beginners to make yourself a sample or test piece with the same cement you are using on your countertop, and the same prep in regards to sanding.

    Everything will affect your final results: the brand of cement, the amount and grit of sanding, the dilution of your stain, method of application, and even the wiping up of the excess stain and pigment. It's much easier to play and test on your sample piece than to try to make changes when you apply to your actual countertop.

    I used 4 colors: cola, wheat, ebony and sienna. I applied with sea sponges and a brush. After waiting an hour, I wiped off the excess pigment and was a bit surprised how much pigment came up. I waited a day, and applied some more stain to a few areas that I wanted darker or to add more variation; and again wiped up the excess.

    As others have noted in their reviews, the colors seem "flat" or one dimensional until you seal your countertop. Then the colors definitely create a depth and richness you will love.

    I would definitely use this product again.

  2. Super easy to use but beware colour 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jan 2016

    This dye is beyond easy to use. And I love that it's water-based. I just rolled it on and my wife followed behind with a cloth rubbing it in. Dries in no time.

    My only complaint is that the images online for samples are a little deceiving. We got 'Earth'. In the picture it looks like a dark grey with hints of blue. In reality (for us, at least) it ended up being almost cobalt blue.

    But, another pro: it's very easy to sand off in the event that the colour is not what you're expected.
    All-in-all a great product. We will return when the kitchen counters are tackled.


    Posted by on 12th Nov 2015

    I found the stain difficult to use in achieving desired results. Because the instructions warn against applying too much and/or allowing to puddles to form, only very thin layer(s) can be applied. As a result I was unable to achieve the veined look.
    Wiping down with a damp cloth after 30 minutes only served to further mute the effect I was trying to achieve.
    I also feel the product is grossly overpriced at $40/Qt. Realistically it should be under $10.

  4. Z Aquatint did the job for me... 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Nov 2015

    I used Z Aquatint for my new outdoor kitchen concrete countertop. The Cola color was just the right match to the final result I was looking for. Dario in customer service was a great help with questions and special assistance. My results were best using a 2 1/2" brush and my own creativity for striations and light to dark tones. My family will enjoy this counter for years to come. Thanks Z Aquatint!
    Kevin in Arkansas

  5. not color expected 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Sep 2015

    Ordered color Earth. Not sure if it was because we did not use your cement product or what but was expecting a grayish blue and it is dark burgundy. Totally not what we expected. Thank god its not our kitchen counter and it is just an outdoor cook station. I had also ordered Ebony to add some depth to the Earth color, but it was so dark by itself I didn't use it with it. Thinking of redoing it all with just the ebony to cover up the burgundy, but haven't decided yet.

  6. In Love with Stain 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Jun 2015

    I did not know what to expect being that I have never used concrete stain...but it was easy to use, easy to clean-up, and the one thing that shocked me was there was no fumes or smell. I have recommended this to all my local crafty folks, and I would suggest that everyone use it. I used Cola,Garden and Wheat and it is just amazingly beautiful.

  7. Easy to use 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jun 2015

    Stain is very easy to use and dilute if desired. Used 2 different tints to achieve the look we wanted. Clean up was easy.

  8. Great stuff 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Apr 2015

    Had the ebony. Rubbed it in with a rag and then sprayed it in and the daubed it off with a rag. Gave it an awesome look. I recommend it.

  9. Beautiful! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Apr 2015

    I am so impressed with the stain and sealer. Wow. My concrete counter looks stunning! And thank goodness, because I really took a chance.
    We've been living with one granite counter and my other large counter top was raw concrete. It was a rough kind of shabby chic, but I knew at least for sanitary purposes I should seal it someday. I had no idea how it could be done, I never seen Z-Aqua Tint or Sealer info.
    I had tried using a minimal coat of grout, then adding a sealer. But that has been the extent of my experimentation.

    Through more research, I found this video and ordered. The products came right away. After reading many reviews, tips and directions, I went for it. I got the Ebony, which I diluted. I was not surprised at results at first, looking slightly blue ish after the first coat. I made sure to use the tint a second time. Then I sealed the counter, with just one good coat. The result turned out absolutely gorgeous, beyond belief. People tell me the counter is even more beautiful than my back granite counters.

    I agree with everyone's compliments. And I'm so proud of myself to try this. Many thanks to this company for the good video and work of selling this product!

  10. nice 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Apr 2015

    I used the earth color and it looked very green a first. After 3 coats it looked great. It did have some dark spots from the overlapping of coat but when I put the sealer on they went away.

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