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How To Stain A Concrete Patio

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A concrete patio is great for entertaining your friends and family in the summer, but concrete can look a little bland. You can add some dimension and color to your concrete by using an acid stain to create a one-of-a-kind design that will take your patio from "blah" to "wow." See below for instructions on how to stain your concrete using acid stain.

Here's What You Need:

  • Concrete cleaner
  • Stiff bristle broom
  • Garden hose
  • Concrete acid stain
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection


  1. Your patio needs to be cleaned properly in order to have the acid stain adhere properly. Use a concrete cleaner/etcher to clean the concrete thoroughly. Use a stiff bristle broom to apply the concrete cleaner. Be sure to get all the way to the edges. Spray the cleaner off when finished using a garden hose. 
  2. Next, inspect your concrete patio. Any imperfections will be highlighted once the acid stain is applied, so if you have cracks or holes in your concrete, you should repair them using a concrete filler. Apply the filler as instructed and allow it to dry completely before moving on.
  3. If your patio is near your house, you may want to use painter's paper or plastic to protect the siding on your home.
  4. There are concrete acid stain kits sold at most larger hardware stores. Some come with a base coat, accent color, sealer, as well as a sprayer. If your kit came with these items, apply the base coat using the sprayer to the entire patio. Work from one side to the other, being sure to paint the base evenly across the patio. Allow the base coat to dry for 24 hours.
  5. Clean off any debris from your patio before beginning with the accent color. Also clean out the paint sprayer (canister and spray tool) thoroughly, as you will be using it again to apply the accent color.
  6. The accent color is just an accent, so you don't want to spray the entire patio. You can create your own design, or just spray it randomly. Allow the accent color to dry for at least 24 hours.
  7. Next, you will apply the wet-look sealer using the same paint sprayer. (You'll need to clean the paint sprayer again before use.) Spray the sealer all over the patio. Go over it a second time after 24 hours if you notice any spots you may have missed.
  8. Wait at least 72 hours until you place any patio furniture back on the patio to allow the acid stain to cure thoroughly.

Be sure before doing this type of project that you watch the weather, as you do not want any rain in the forecast.

Acid-stained concrete gives a beautiful look to your bland patio. The color will not fade or peel, and with the durability of concrete itself, your beautiful patio will last for quite some time. Contact a cement company for more info.