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Beginner’s Guide on Staining Concrete Driveways

Make your driveway look like a million bucks with Direct Colors Concrete Stains and Sealers. Because driveways take a beating in both the summer and winter, selecting the right stain and sealer options is critical. Here are a few recommendations to ensure your next staining driveways project goes off without a hitch!

Staining Concrete Paver Driveways

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. Not to worry, Direct Colors has three great stain options to get the look you desire.

PORTICO Concrete Paver Stain
Portico™ Paver Stain
EasyTint Colored Tinted Concrete Sealer Satin 1 gal
EasyTint™ Stain & Seal
Colorwave™ Water-Based Stain
Colorwave™ Water-Based Stain
PORTICO Concrete Paver Stain
Portico™ Paver Stain
EasyTint Colored Tinted Concrete Sealer Satin 1 gal
EasyTint™ Stain & Seal
Colorwave™ Water-Based Stain
Colorwave™ Water-Based Stain

1. Portico™ Concrete Paver Stain

Portico is a highly saturated, professional grade outdoor concrete stain specifically formulated to color concrete pavers. For more details on how to stain concrete brick pavers with Portico stain click here

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Faded concrete paver driveway
Before
Portico Aztec Brown, Driftwood, Khaki, Terra, Yukon Gold stained pavers driveway
Portico Aztec Brown, Driftwood, Khaki, Terra, Yukon Gold stained pavers driveway
Concrete Driveway Pavers Staining Step by Step
Portico Yukon Gold Concrete Paver Stain
Portico Yukon Gold
Portico Driftwood Concrete Paver Stain
Portico™ Driftwood
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown
Portico Terracotta
Portico Terracotta
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico Khaki
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer
Portico Yukon Gold Concrete Paver Stain
Portico Yukon Gold
Portico Driftwood Concrete Paver Stain
Portico™ Driftwood
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown
Portico Terracotta
Portico Terracotta
Khaki Portico Swatch
Portico Khaki
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

2. EasyTint™ Colored Sealer

EasyTint™ Colored Sealer is a one-step stain and sealer for exterior concrete surfaces. Restore faded concrete paver color.  Rememebr that EasyTint™ is not paint. EasyTint™ remains translucent and do not completely hide imperfections in the concrete.

Faded Concrete Paver Driveway
Faded concrete paver driveway
Driveway Concrete Pavers - EasyTint Russet-
Faded concrete driveway stained with Russet EasyTint colored sealer
Russet EasyTint Swatch
EasyTint Russet
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

EasyTint™ & Potico™

You can even combine products for stunning results!

Faded concrete driveway
Before
Concrete driveway stained with Portico Aztec Brown and EasyTint Goldenrod
Concrete paver driveway stained with Aztec Brown Portico stain and Goldenrod EasyTint colored sealer.
EasyTint Goldenrod
EasyTint Goldenrod
Aztec Brown Portico Swatch
Portico Aztec Brown

3. Colorwave™ Water-Based Stain

ColorWave™ is a penetrating, water-based stain specifically formulated to stain concrete by delivering ultra-fine pigment to the concrete surface.

Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Faded driveway concrete pavers
Restored Stamped Concrete Paver Driveway
Restored concrete paver driveway with Rust ColorWave stain
RUST ColorWave Concrete Stain Color Swatch-High-Quality
ColorWave Rust
Acrylic Sealer Solvent
Satin Sealer

Selecting the Right Sealer for a Driveway

Because driveways are generally use areas, we recommend only two concrete sealers for this purpose. If you are looking for a satin finish to accentuate the stained appearance of the concrete, our Solvent-based satin finish acrylic sealer is your best bet. It’s very easy to apply using a Fence and Deck Sprayer and will not create a slip-hazard when wet on most concrete surfaces. Smooth finished may still require an anti-slip additive in the final coat of sealer. Solvent-based satin finish sealer is our most popular outdoor concrete sealer and is the best choice for either an acid or antiquing stained driveway.

We also offer a penetrating sealer for use on smoother finished concrete driveways called Penetrating Concrete Sealer. This sealer should not be applied rough, heavily textured or antique stained concrete. If you are looking for a no gloss finish on an acid stained driveway, our Penetrating Sealer is a good option. It’s a one-time application sealer and is a great salt proofer for those living in very cold climates. Keep in mind this sealer will not enhance the color of the acid stain after application.

Seal your Driveway and Enjoy

Solvent-based acrylic sealers are easy repair and maintain. If damage to the sealer occur, touch up the concrete with a small amount of the acrylic sealer repair and a foam brush. It will be good as new in a matter of moments! Also, avoid using chemical de-icers or snow removal equipment with sharp blades. Both will damage the sealer finish. Reseal once every two to three years for best performance. Remember to clean thoroughly and allow to dry well before attempting to reseal.

Tips for Summertime Sealing:  Without question, DO NOT attempt to seal in the heat of the day. Colored concrete in direct sunlight, especially dark browns and black, could be several times hotter than the ambient temperature and just a few minutes of sunlight will raise the surface temperature very quickly. If the concrete is too hot, small air bubbles will often appear either during the application or just after. The air bubbles are formed by air rising through the concrete and becoming trapped in the sealer. The bubbles will eventually collapse leaving unattractive concave spots behind. Finding the right time of day to apply concrete sealer during the summer months can be a challenge. Sealers, like acid stain, should be applied when the concrete is at its lowest temperature either early in the morning or late in the evening. East facing concrete should be sealed later in the day and west facing early in the morning.

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