Are you looking for a foolproof way to make your outdoor space eye-catching and inviting? Concrete stain is a fast, simple, cost-effective method to turn a dull gray slab patio into a colorful showpiece.
What is concrete stain?
Concrete stain a water-based product that coats the concrete and becomes a permanent part of the surface. Time and wear can cause fading, but a good quality sealer helps protect your stained concrete surface to keep it looking great for years to come.
Water-based concrete stains are different from acid stains, which chemically react with minerals in the concrete to change the color. Acid stain application is a more complicated process than water-based concrete staining, and it is not environmentally safe. Our water-based concrete stains are 100% inert, non-toxic products with zero VOCs. You will never need to worry about the impact to plants, pets, or your family & guests.
How to Apply Concrete Stain
For this easy weekend project, you will need rain-free weather and standard painting equipment: Plastic drop cloth, stain, garden sprayer (one for each color), small spray bottle for touch ups, sealer, paint roller.
Step 1: Choose Your Concrete Stain Color
When choosing your color, keep in mind that unlike paint, concrete stain is semi-transparent. The lighter the color you choose the more cement you’ll see through the stain. However, you can get a good idea of what the color will look like from the swatches available on our site.
Step 2: Prep the Area to be Stained
If you cleaned your patio concrete already, you won’t need to worry about this step. If you haven’t, you’re only slightly behind the curve. Using a pressure washer or a hose and stiff broom, remove any dirt and debris from the area you’ll be staining. You’ll also want to protect any surrounding areas with plastic.
Step 3: Apply the Concrete Stain
Using a garden sprayer, spray the concrete thoroughly with water, then apply the first color onto wet concrete using a continuous circular motion. Use just enough stain to cover the surface. This base coat will make your topcoat more vibrant. If you’ll be using another color, immediately mist with water and apply the second color. If you want a deeper or more vibrant shade, apply another coat.
You can get as fancy or simple as you want here. There are many different techniques you can use to stain your concrete patio, including mixing stains to create a multi-colored surface or marble effect.
Here are a few additional tips to keep in mind when applying your concrete stain:
- Don’t apply in direct sunlight. Full or partial shade is best. Also, don’t apply in rain or wind as the stain will wash away or drift.
- If the stain pools in depressions, the color will be darker and more vivid there. If you don’t want that, simply use an old rag to blot up excess.
Step 4: Touch Up Areas
Once the surface is dry, look for any spots you missed and apply more stain with a handheld sprayer. If the stain isn’t as vivid as you’d hoped, just apply another coat.
Step 5: Apply Concrete Sealer
Let your stained concrete patio dry for 24 hours and then apply a sealer. While this step is optional, we recommend it to protect against fading and wear and also to enhance the stain. Roll the sealer onto the patio using a paint roller with about 3/8” nap. Let dry for 2 hours and apply a second coat.