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How To Stain Your Old Concrete Patio

Adding Color to Older, Rough and Porous Concrete

DIY SPOTLIGHT: STAINING AN OLD CONCRETE PATIO FLOOR

Problem:

This 600 sq. ft old concrete patio was aged 30+ years. The slabs were not poured at the same time and the texture was also different. One slab was significantly more porous than the other.

Solution:

When concrete slabs are very rough or porous due to concrete age,  a topical stain needs to be used.

Antiquing Stain is an excellent stain choice to stain old concrete floors. This stain is quick and easy to apply requiring no after-application cleaning. The homeowner wanted a more solid but not opaque color so she decided to go with Olive.

Old concrete patio stained with Olive Antiquing Concrete Stain and sealed with solvent based acrylic concrete sealer
Old concrete patio stained with Olive Antiquing Concrete Stain and sealed with solvent based acrylic concrete sealer

The patio was power-washed first to remove loose debris and paint but some rust staining and paint residue remained.

The customer applied two coats of the Olive Antiquing Stain letting the product dry for 3 hours between coats.

She let the second coat dry for 8 hours before applying the sealer with a pump up fence and deck sprayer.

The project was easy to do and fast to finish with very positive results. The homeowner couldn’t have been more delighted.

Stained old concrete patio
Old concrete patio stained with Olive Antiquing Concrete Stain and sealed with solvent based acrylic concrete sealer
Old concrete patio stained with Olive Antiquing Concrete Stain and sealed with solvent based acrylic concrete sealer

Direct Colors Products Used:

  • 3 Gallons of Olive Antiquing Stain
  • 3 Gallons of Solvent-based, Satin Finish, Acrylic Concrete Sealer

DIY SPOTLIGHT: STAINING A FADED, OLD CONCRETE PATIO

Old Concrete Patio
Old Concrete Patio
Old Concrete Patio stained with Russet and Cafe Royale Antiquing Stains
Old Concrete Patio stained with Russet and Cafe Royale Antiquing Stains
Old Concrete Patio stained with Russet and Cafe Royale Antiquing Stains and sealed with a solvent-based satin acrylic concrete sealer

MORE OLD CONCRETE PATIO MAKEOVERS:

Charcoal Concrete Stained Patio
Charcoal Outdoor Concrete Stain sealed with a Solvent-Based, Satin Acrylic Sealer
Old Concrete Patio Stained with Milano Red, Driftwood and Pumpkin Antiquing Concrete Stain
Old concrete patio stained with Milano Red, Driftwood and Pumpkin Concrete Stains sealed with Satin Finish Acrylic Sealer

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