Much like stains chosen for woods, acid-based stains are much more translucent than water-based ones. This means that the color that they produce will vary largely, and it will always be a little bit less vibrant than water-based staining.
The color that these stains produce will vary based on the substrate to which they are applied. All types of concrete slabs will accept the stain, but individuals will not be able to enjoy as many color options and combinations. Customers will usually choose between more matte colors, such as mossy greens and soft blues. Acid stains are often chosen for outdoor applications, and their pleasant matte surface makes them ideal for residential uses.