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Learn everything you need to know on how to stain pavers a different color. The kind of stains that can be used to color stain patio pavers and more!

Can Brick Pavers be Stained?

Yes, you have a couple of options for staining brick pavers. If pavers have been previously sealed, we recommend using Antiquing Concrete Stain followed by a solvent-based acrylic sealer assuming your pavers are outside.

Concrete Paver Stain Colors

This concrete driveway was stained using Charcoal Antiquing Stain followed by a solvent-based, satin finish, concrete sealer.

Can You Change the Color of Brick Pavers?

Yes, we have 40 colors of antiquing stain colors and tinted sealers to choose from and I’m confident you’ll find a color or colors you’ll really like. Keep in mind that if the paver color isn’t gray, the final color will be different from the product color charts.

Stain Pool Deck Concrete Pavers

This concrete paver pool deck was stained  with Maple, Tan and Light Charcoal Antiquing Stain Colors and sealed with a satin finish solvent-based acrylic concrete sealant.

How To Apply Antiquing Stain With Justin

Antiquing stains and tinted sealers are both translucent so if your brick pavers are red, you will see the red undertone no matter what. This effect will happen with any lighter colors applied over darker colors.

TIP: Try our easy to use Color & Seal line of colored Tinted Concrete Sealers  to enhance the color of your pavers in one step!


I have an outdoor patio made of the red concrete brick pavers and 1 ft. x 1 ft. red concrete squares. Can I stain these to a darker color? If not, is there some other method of coloring these bricks? Thanks, Larry

Yes, you have a couple of coloring options for concrete brick pavers. Although internal coloring, like the brick red pigment, will affect the outcome of the paver stain’s final color, it is absolutely essential to know whether the pavers have been sealed previously to know which route to take with selecting a stain.

Stain Concrete Pavers
Stain Concrete Pavers with Cumin Antiquing Stain and Tinted Concrete Sealer

How Do I Know If My Pavers Have Been Sealed

  • Pour water on the paver surface
  • If it absorbs easily, it has not been sealed
  • If the water “beads” on the surface or water is slow to be absorbed,  the concrete has been sealed previously.
Water Beads Up on Concrete

To stain previously sealed pavers, we recommend using Direct Colors Antiquing Stain. There are 40 colors to choose from and we are confident you’ll find a color, or colors, to match your design needs.

Antiquing Stain Trial Kit

Try one of our colorants trial kits to test paver colors.


If you are working with unsealed concrete pavers you may apply any acid stain technique to modify the color of your pavers, as long as the concrete is clean and free of any topical stains. Keep in mind that many concrete paver surfaces are more porous than a standard concrete slab, therefore budgeting roughly 20% extra volume to your order will ensure you have enough stain and sealer for the job.

Now, to finish the job you will want to seal in that color and protect it for coming years. Our top outdoor concrete sealer is the Solvent-Based Satin Finish Acrylic Sealer. Aside from making concrete look great, it is durable and doesn’t create slip hazards on patios when wet.

Acid Stain Concrete Pavers
Previously stained concrete pavers with Desert Amber and Black Acid Stain Colors