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.
To stain your brick patio pavers, follow these 5 simple steps.
- Clean the surface: Make sure that your patio pavers are free of dust, dirt, stains, or other obstructions that may affect your final product.
- 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).
- 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.
- Layer if needed: Allow to fully dry. If the resulting color is too light, add layers until you achieve the desired result.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.”
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