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Stained Concrete Brick Pavers

How to Stain Concrete Brick Pavers

Patio pavers come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. But, sometimes they aren’t the exact shade you were expecting, or you aren’t as happy with it once it’s installed as you were when you bought it.

Faded Concrete Pavers
Faded Concrete Pavers
Stained Sealed Concrete Pavers
Aztec Brown, Light Charcoal and Khaki Portico Stains on Concrete Brick Pavers
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown
Light Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico Light Charcoal
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico Khaki
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Faded Concrete Pavers
Faded Concrete Pavers
Stained Sealed Concrete Pavers
Aztec Brown, Light Charcoal and Khaki Portico Stains on Concrete Brick Pavers
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown
Light Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico Light Charcoal
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico Khaki
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

To stain your brick patio pavers, follow these 5 simple steps.

  1. Clean the surface: Make sure that your patio pavers are free of dust, dirt, stains, or other obstructions that may affect your final product.
  2. Prepare the stain: Pour the outdoor concrete stain or tinted sealer into a pump sprayer, or paint tray (depending on how you wish to apply it).
  3. Apply the stain: Using the pump sprayer, evenly distribute the stain in a circular motion on the surface of the concrete brick pavers. If rolling the stain on, do the same in even layers.
  4. Layer if needed: Allow to fully dry. If the resulting color is too light, add layers until you achieve the desired result.
  5. Seal the surface: Allow the surface to dry fully before applying sealer. Either pour or roll the sealer onto the brick patio pavers evenly, and let fully dry.
Faded Patio Concrete Pavers
Before
Terra Cotta & Charcoal Portico Stains on Patio Concrete Pavers
Terra Cotta & Charcoal Portico Stains on Patio Concrete Pavers
Light Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico Light Charcoal
Portico Terracotta
Portico Terracotta
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Faded Patio Concrete Pavers
Before
Terra Cotta & Charcoal Portico Stains on Patio Concrete Pavers
Terra Cotta & Charcoal Portico Stains on Patio Concrete Pavers
Light Charcoal Portico Swatch
Portico Light Charcoal
Portico Terracotta
Portico Terracotta
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

Best Products for Staining Concrete Brick Pavers

Portico Paver Stain is a highly saturated, exterior concrete stain specifically formulated to color concrete pavers.  This stain can be applied over previously stained and even sealed concrete pavers.

Portico is a semi-transparent stain, and not opaque, like paint. It will add a tint to your concrete pavers while allowing the existing texture to show through.

PORTICO Concrete Paver Stain
Before and After Images Stained Concrete Pavers
Before and after images of faded concrete pavers stained with Crimson and Black Stains
Stained Concrete Pavers
Gray concrete pavers colored with Crimson and Black outdoor concrete stains
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
Black Portico Swatch
Portico Black
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Before and After Images Stained Concrete Pavers
Before and after images of faded concrete pavers stained with Crimson and Black Stains
Stained Concrete Pavers
Gray concrete pavers colored with Crimson and Black outdoor concrete stains
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
Black Portico Swatch
Portico Black
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

How Do I Know If My Pavers Have Been Sealed

Patio pavers are often sealed. The reasons vary, but this is generally to increase longevity. If your patio pavers are porous, they will erode faster, and experience water damage. Sealed patio pavers last much longer than their non-sealed counterparts. To find out for sure, follow these three steps:

  1. Pour water on the paver surface
  2. If it absorbs easily, it has not been sealed
  3. If the water “beads” on the surface or water is slow to be absorbed,  the concrete has been sealed previously.
Water beading on a sealed concrete surface.
Water beading on a sealed concrete surface.
Before
Before
Crimson Portico Stain on Patio Concrete Pavers
Crimson Portico Stain on Patio Concrete Pavers
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Before
Before
Crimson Portico Stain on Patio Concrete Pavers
Crimson Portico Stain on Patio Concrete Pavers
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Crimson Portico Swatch
Portico Crimson
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Portico Stained Milano Red Pavers Pool Deck - Detail
Portico - Milano Red Pavers Pool Deck - Before and After
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Milano Red
Portico Milano Red
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Portico Stained Milano Red Pavers Pool Deck - Detail
Portico - Milano Red Pavers Pool Deck - Before and After
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Milano Red
Portico Milano Red
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

Can You Change The Color of Stained Concrete?

You can change stained concrete color by using a little bit of Color Theory  and a lot of color stain testing. Concrete stains can change the hue of your previous masonry color by using negative colors to neutralize the unwanted underlying shade. Keep in mind that the concrete porosity will play a very unpredictable role in this process so make sure you always test your stains and colors before embarking in a large costly project.

Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
Portico Stain Trial Kit 3 Color Pack
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
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
The above photo was taken before outdoor concrete stain was applied. The bottom was taken after.
The above photo was taken before outdoor concrete stain was applied. The bottom was taken after applying Cumin Antiquing Stain

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? Thanks, Larry

To help out Larry and anyone else hoping to stain their brick patio pavers, our concrete expert, Justin, has some advice on how to stain faded concrete brick pavers.

Here’s Justin’s response to Larry’s question:

“Yes, you have a couple of staining 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.”

Using Limewashing To Stain Brick

Lime Washing brick before and after

If you’ve never worked with whitewash, you may only know it from Tom Sawyer, where the hero famously tricks his friends into whitewashing his Aunt Polly’s fence for him. You may also have assumed that whitewash is just some kind of paint and no big deal.