How to Change Brick Color With Concrete Stains

by Breighana Guy

Brick Facade Before Staining
Brick Facade Stained with Charcoal Concrete Stain
Before and After Picture of Staining Brick with Concrete Stains Before and After Pictures

I have a bi-level home where the brick was covered by 1 x 2 ft lathing strips nailed into the brick and siding.

When I bought the home, I knew I wanted to reclaim the brick under but wasn’t sure how. Pulling the nails out or cutting them off left me with broken brick that either needed repointed or replaced so I needed to be able to mask differences in color with replacement mortar, and I wanted a darker brick tone overall.

After doing a lot of research, I decided to take a leap and try a concrete stain  to dye the brick. IT WAS AMAZING!!!! I used the charcoal color on the bricks in various layers, and the light charcoal as a base for the mortar in between the bricks to bring it together.

The process was overall easy, even considering we were staining on a horizontal wall.

The actual project time took 4 weekends, however this stretched out due to waiting for more product to ship because I didn’t not anticipate how much I would need for multiple layers.

Shipping time was good though, I even received my last shipment 3 days before expected! 10/10 would recommend to friends/family and if I did the project over again I would pick Direct Colors again! Thank you!!

Home Facade Before Reclaiming Brick

How To Stain Brick

STEP 1: Test Brick for Absorption

Before applying any stain it is important to check the brick’s porosity and absorption. Simply spray water on the brick wall you want stained. If the water absorbs readily the brick can most likely be stained.

STEP 2: Clean the Brick

When staining brick; it’s extremely important to clean the wall very well before doing anything else. Dust, dirt and debris can affect the stain application outcome.

Use a light Concrete Cleaner & Degreaser solution and start from the top down. A power washer helps to speed up the process.

STEP 3: Select Stain Color

Testing stain colors is really important as stains are semi-transparent and the final color will be influenced by the base color of the original brick. Try our Stain  Trial Kit to test multiple colors until you get the shade you are looking for.

STEP 4: Apply the Stain

Shake, shake shake. When you get the concrete stain shake well. I used a plastic cup and sponge brushes to apply the stain.  For vertical staining it is very important to stain from top down to even out any drips.

Shake again every time before you pour more stain into the cup.  There may be some separation and deeper dye color as you go.  I used this in my favor to create depth in to the final version.

I  specifically put deeper stains over certain areas. I wasn’t looking for a uniform look. If you are, shake even more!

TIP:  Order more than you think you will need, especially if using in layers or on a surface that will soak up more stain.  I used 3x more than I anticipated!

Brick Facade Before During Staining

STEP 4: Seal the Brick

Allow the stain to dry for at least 6 hours. I used a regular stain brush to apply a solvent-based, satin acrylic sealer  from top to bottom in very thin layers to avoid drips.

Direct Colors Products Used:.

PORTICO - 1 Gal - Charcoal Stain
PORTICO - 1 Gal - Light Charcoal Stain
Light Charcoal
Acrylic Concrete Sealer Solvent Satin 1 gal
Satin, Solvent-Based Acrylic Sealer
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