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CONCRETE PATIO STAINING

If you are looking to stain your outdoor concrete patio on a budget of both time and money, Direct Colors Antiquing Stain provides the highest return on investment with easy-to-apply color that works with a wide range of concrete surface conditions. 

What is The Best Stain For Outdoor Concrete Patios?

Antiquing Stain is by far the preferred stain for outdoor concrete patio projects. This specially formulated stain is ideal for repairing and amending color with minimal surface preparation, especially  if you prefer a more solid color appearance or need to finish a project quickly.  Antiquing Stain  is a topical concrete stain that penetrates into concrete but is not chemically reactive so you can blend patchy areas in with the rest of the concrete. These stains are available in 40 colors giving you a wide range of possibilities.

DIY SPOTLIGHT: 2019 END OF SUMMER $1000 CONTEST WINNER, WILLIAM L.

Completion Time

Total Time For Project Completion: 2 Days inclusive of surface preparation and drying time

Actual Work Time: 14 hours

Project Cost

Materials Cost: $583.69

Tools Cost:

Ace Deck Sprayer 2 gal. (1008176) $34.99

Contractors Broom – 24″, Medium Bristles $28

Pressure Washer – Prices Vary

Patio Staining Project Size

  • Side Walk and Ribbon: 250 sq. ft.
  • Patio: 200 sq. ft.
  • Total Project Size: 450 sq. ft.

Project Materials

  • Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser
  • 1 Gallon Black Antiquing Stain
  • 1 Gallon Charcoal Antiquing Stain
  • 5 Gallon Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
  • 5 Gallon Olive Antiquing Stain
  • Acrylic Concrete Sealer, Solvent-Based, Satin Finish
  • 1 Quart Xylene
  • Ace Deck Sprayer 2 gal. (1008176)
  • Medium Bristle Brush

Step 1. Cleaning Concrete

My first step was to spray a modest amount of degreaser and a mist of water and brush the concrete with a medium bristle brush.

Step 2. Power Wash

I then rinsed with a thorough high pressure power wash, making sure to hit the total surface area and let it dry overnight.

Scrub and Clean Concrete Floor
Concrete Patio Staining - Layering Antiquing Stain Colors

Step 3. Beginning Color

Using a pump up deck sprayer, I applied Black Liquid Antiquing Stain in sweeping intermittent motions on the deck ribbon and walkway.

Tip: Remember to shake the stain periodically as you spray.

Step 4. Layering Color

I alternated the Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stain  in the same sweeping intermittent sections on the patio area and let dry for four hours.

Black & Olive Antiquing Stains

Step 5. More Layering

Once dry, I began applying the Olive Antiquing Stain on the ribbon and walkway then let dry four hours, then repeated for effect.

Concrete Walkway - Black and Olive Antiquing Stains

Step 6. More Color

I then layered in the Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain on the main patio and let it dry for four hours and repeated to create the desired effect.

Tip: Apply light layers and allow the stain to naturally pool in the texture for dark accents.

Step 7. Finishing Color

Again using the Black Antiquing Stain, I applied a light intermittent pattern across all of the concrete, followed by a light intermittent pattern of the Olive Antiquing Stain across the patio.

Aztec Brown and Charcoal Antiquing Stains on Concrete Patio
Layering Antiquing Stain Colors: Aztec Brown, Black, Charcoal and Olive

Keep in mind the color will EXPLODE to life when the sealer is applied. Let everything dry overnight.

Step 8. Seal Concrete Patio Floors

I used Solvent Based, Stain Finish Acrylic Concrete Sealer on all of the concrete for a real pop of color. Rinse out the pump sprayer using Xylene* and then fill with sealer. Using the “yellow tip” of the spray applicator, apply a light coat of sealer using a fast motion; swirl the solution in the sprayer often and keep the pressure up high.

Let the sealer dry at least six hours, then apply another coat in the same manner. Don’t apply second coat while the first is still wet. 

*Tip: after each use of the spray applicator I would flush with a quart of Xylene. I recycled the Xylene and only used one quart for the whole project.

ISO Nozzle Colors Flow Chart

Final Thoughts

The Concrete Sealer has more of a glossy finish for the first few days and then becomes a prefect satin. For areas where overspray is an issue, like next to my house, I placed a piece of cardboard between the ribbon and the patio to keep the overspray under control. These products are very easy to use and and great results!

Concrete Patio - Antiquing Stains: Olive, Black, Aztec Brown and Charcoal. Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer - Wet
Concrete Patio - Antiquing Stains: Olive, Black, Aztec Brown and Charcoal. Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer - Wet
Concrete Patio - Antiquing Stains: Olive, Black, Aztec Brown and Charcoal. Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer
Stamped Concrete Patio Stained using Aztec Brown as Base Color with Olive and Black Accents, Sealed with a Solvent Based, Satin Finish Acrylic Sealer (After 48 Hours)
Concrete Walkway Stained with Olive and Black Antiquing Stains. Sealed with Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer
Concrete Walkway Stained with Olive and Black Antiquing Stains. Sealed with Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer (Still Wet)
Concrete Walkway Stained with Olive and Black Antiquing Stains. Sealed with Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer
Concrete Walkway Stained with Olive and Black Antiquing Stains. Sealed with Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Sealer (After 48 Hours)
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