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How to Recolor Faded Stamped Concrete

Faded concrete color results either from environmental exposure, or from failure to test and accurately assess existing surface conditions. Luckily, not all concrete color is permanent—learn how to recolor faded stamped concrete in 7 easy step with Direct Colors.

Stained Faded Stamped Pool Deck Before and After Photo

Time needed: 1 day

    1. First, clean stamped concrete  thoroughly. Antiquing stains can be applied over existing sealer.

    2. Pour antiquing stain into a pump-up sprayer.

    3. Shake antiquing stain before applying to stamped concrete
    4. Apply the stain evenly onto the concrete, the fluid will flow into the crevices and indentations of the surface.

    5. Let the first coat of stain dry completely before applying the second coats

    6. Allow the final coat of antiquing stain to dry for a minimum 5-6 hours
    7. Finally, apply a Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer (best choice of outdoor sealer)

Can You Restore Faded Concrete Color?

Yes, you can. Antiquing Stain is the most affordable solution for restoring faded concrete color. While there are several options for restoring your faded concrete color, these often require you to first determine what state the concrete sealer is in, and depending on the answer, there may be additional preparation or limitations.

Red Pinkish Old Concrete Walkway
Red Pinkish Old Concrete Walkway
Color Corrected Concrete Walkway
Color Corrected Concrete Walkway
EasyTint Light Charcoal
EasyTint Light Charcoal
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Red Pinkish Old Concrete Walkway
Red Pinkish Old Concrete Walkway
Color Corrected Concrete Walkway
Color Corrected Concrete Walkway
EasyTint Light Charcoal
EasyTint Light Charcoal
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

Can You Change The Color of Stamped Concrete?

Yes, depending on the desired final result, you may choose from various staining products. The product with which you choose to color your concrete should be based on an assessment of the concrete’s surface conditions and the degree to which you wish to change the color.

Red stamped concrete patio before applying Antiquing stain
Red stamped concrete patio before applying Antiquing stain
Patio after applying Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stains
Patio after applying Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stains
Black Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Black
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Charcoal
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Red stamped concrete patio before applying Antiquing stain
Red stamped concrete patio before applying Antiquing stain
Patio after applying Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stains
Patio after applying Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stains
Black Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Black
Charcoal Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Charcoal
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack

Neglected Stamped Concrete Patio Fix on a Budget

“Got an estimate to fix cracks, stain and seal my neglected concrete patio for $2,300. With help from Direct Colors, I saved well over $1,300 and very happy with the outcome” Frank Grande

Repaired cracked stamped concrete patio
Repaired Cracked Stamped Concrete Patio
Testing Antiquing color stains
Testing Antiquing color stains
Patched Stamped Concrete Patio After Applying Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
Patched Stamped Concrete Patio After Applying Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
Aztec Brown Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Aztec Brown
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Concrete Patching Compound
Concrete Patching Compound
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Repaired cracked stamped concrete patio
Repaired Cracked Stamped Concrete Patio
Testing Antiquing color stains
Testing Antiquing color stains
Patched Stamped Concrete Patio After Applying Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
Patched Stamped Concrete Patio After Applying Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
Neglected Concrete Patio
Neglected Concrete Patio
Aztec Brown Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Aztec Brown
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
During Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain Application
During Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain Application
Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain on Stamped Concrete Patio
Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain and Sealer on Stamped Concrete Patio
Neglected Concrete Patio
Neglected Concrete Patio
During Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain Application
During Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain Application
Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain on Stamped Concrete Patio
Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain and Sealer on Stamped Concrete Patio
Aztec Brown Antiquing Swatch
Antiquing Aztec Brown
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Concrete Patching Compound
Concrete Patching Compound
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack

ANTIQUING STAIN DIY SPOTLIGHT:  LEARNED HOW TO FIX STAMPED CONCRETE COLOR

“I wanted to send you some photos of what my husband and I accomplished over weekend with Direct Colors help. We have a stamped concrete border that was installed about 4 years ago. A previous contractor dyed the concrete a reddish-pink color instead of the khaki color we asked for. I was very upset after seeing the result. He assured us that the color would “tone down” over time. Well, after years, it finally faded to the hideous pink you see in the pictures!”

Faded Stamped Concrete Border
Before Staining Discolored Stamped Concrete Border

“I felt like I might as well have had pink plastic flamingos in my yard. A complete eyesore!! I sent pictures to your design team and explained my situation. Justin responded that the Antiquing Stain was the product we should use and assured us it would help us resolve our dilemma. After ordering several samples and conducting various “experiments”, we saw that your Olive Antiquing Stain was going to do the best job of getting rid of the pink. Did it ever!!”

Changing Stamped Concrete Color Before Photo
Faded Stamped Concrete Border
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Antiquing Stain and Sealer Kit
Antiquing Stain and Sealer Kit Bundle
Antiquing Stain - Olive
Antiquing Stain - Olive
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES 

Stamped Concrete Border
Stamped Concrete Border Recolored with Olive Antiquing Stain

“We are so pleased with the Antiquing Stain and acrylic concrete sealer (Solvent-Based, Satin Finish!!!!). Our border looks absolutely gorgeous and we were able to fix the eyesore without having to pay someone an exorbitant price (if we could have even found someone to fix it…we certainly weren’t going to call the original contractor even though he did a great job on the structure/stamping. His idea of color was way, way off).”

“I cannot thank you enough for all the guidance Justin provided and the helpful information on your website. We are going to attempt to do our back patio now that we see that we can do it ourselves with professional results! Excellent products, customer service and support!!!”

What is the Cost to Stain Stamped Concrete?

The cost for a DIY recolor and seal stamped concrete project is  about $0.32 per sq. ft.  The easiest product to use to change stamped concrete color is our Antiquing Stain. The stain cost about $0.15 sq. ft. and a quality outdoor acrylic concrete sealer cost about  $0.17 sq. ft. If you are hiring a contractor, prices will vary depending on where you live  from $1.73 to $3.15 per sq. ft.

Why Does Concrete Color Fade?

If an adequate exterior seal is not properly maintained, all colored stamped concrete will fade over time due to direct exposure to the elements. Faded color is the #1 issue homeowners face with stamped concrete patios, and in Deborah’s case, when the selected color turns out differently than expected. Most concrete found outside is stamped or textured concrete that was Integrally Colored, Acid Stained on its surface, and sealed to prevent damage.