Concrete staining is a fast, simple, and inexpensive way to turn a dull gray patio into an inviting living space you can be proud of. All that needs to be done is wet the concrete and spray on the stain. For better results, try applying a second or third coat. Be careful, as you can see the old appearance through the stain, and pitted areas will show darker.
This is a weekend project. Stain the concrete one day, seal it the next. If you want extra coats, it will take that many more days.
Stains are in the paint section. One gallon covers between 200 and 400 sq. ft. Remember, you'll still see the concrete through the stain
Cut and Clean Concrete
Clean everything off the concrete, then cut kerfs in the concrete where different colors will be applied. Mist the blade with water. You'll need a diamond masonry blade with a 1/4' depth on the saw.
Prep and Apply Stain
If your project is outside, shield anywhere on nearby landscaping or your home; also avoid applying the stain in direct sunlight.
Spray the concrete with water and spray in a circular pattern to get that marble look.
Immediately after spraying, apply more water and start the second color. Then spray more water to create swirls. Use the water to push the colors to the edges or bare spots. Dab up low spots with a cloth.
More Stain, Deeper Color
Let the stain dry for 24 hours. Look for bare spots, spray the stain on a cloth, and dab it onto the spots and the surrounding area so it blends naturally.
Adding a second coat to the corners gives the whole appearance a deeper, richer color.
Seal & Finish
Let your second coat dry for another 24 hours. Choose a time of day when there's shade, then apply the high-gloss sealer.
Start by cutting in with the sealer along the patio edges with a 3-inch brush. The sealer will turn clear as time goes on. Roll the sealer along the rest of the patio with a 3/8-inch roller.
Let the sealer dry for 2 hours, then apply a second coat
That's it! At the end of the day, take some pictures, show all your friends, and send us the results!