Easy to Maintain Stained 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 color and sealer options is critical. Here are a few recommendations to ensure your next staining driveways project goes off without a hitch!

Concrete Driveway Pavers Staining Step by Step
Portico Paver Stain - Aztec Brown
Portico Paver Stain - Aztec Brown
PORTICO - 1 Gal Bottle - Driftwood-High-Quality
Portico Paver Stain - Driftwood
Portico Paver Stain - Khaki
Portico Paver Stain - Khaki
PORTICO - 1 Gal Bottle - Terracotta
Portico Paver Stain - Terracotta
PORTICO - 1 Gal Bottle - Yukon Gold
Portico Paver Stain - Yukon Gold

What About Concrete Damage like Spalling?

Spalling or round-shaped sections of concrete crumbling and breaking away from the surface is a serious structural problem that must be addressed before beginning a staining project.

Once the broken concrete has been completely removed from the exposed substrate and properly cleaned, the driveway can be successfully patched. However, the job must be done correctly and thoroughly or failure will result.

Using a rubber mallet, knock on the concrete listening for a hollow sound. Break away any and all loose concrete until what remains is firmly attached. Vacuum or use leaf blower to completely remove the rubble. Wash the concrete using a organic degreaser and water solution and rinse thoroughly.

Once dry, the concrete is ready for patching. Using Patching Compound according to the instruction, patch and allow to dry. Sand flush with the concrete using an 80 grit pad. Sweep off debris, vacuum the surface to remove the fine particles and wipe down with a damp cloth.

Faded Concrete Driveway
Stained Concrete Driveway
Driveway Stained with Silver Gray EasyTint Tinted Sealer

Which Product is Best for Staining Driveways

If you have a patched driveway and would like to acid stain it, keep in mind that the patched area will most likely develop into a darker or lighter color than the rest of the concrete surface.

Here are some examples of customer driveways stained with Everstain acid stain.

Driveway Brushed Concrete - EverStain Malayan Buff, Coffee Brown Acid Stains-
Brushed concrete driveway stained with EverStain Malayan Buff and Coffee Brown acid stains

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Brushed concrete driveway stained with EverStain Cola acid stain
Brushed concrete driveway stained with EverStain Cola acid stain

If the acid stain look is not what you are looking for, we recommend staining brushed or stamped concrete driveways with Antiquing Concrete Stain. It’s topical, solvent-based stain that penetrates into the concrete but is not chemically reactive so you can blend patched areas in with the rest of the concrete.

Stamped concrete driveway stained with Charcoal Gray Antiquing Stain
Stamped concrete driveway stained with Charcoal Gray Antiquing Stain
Concrete driveway stained with Yukon Gold Antiquing Stain and Black EasyTint

EasyTint  is also a good option if you prefer a more solid color appearance or need to finish a project quickly. It’s easy and fast to apply for a rich, long-lasting color.

Concrete driveway stained with Portico Aztec Brown and EasyTint Goldenrod
Concrete paver driveway stained with Aztec Brown Portico stain and Goldenrod EasyTint colored sealer.
Driveway Concrete Pavers - EasyTint Russet-
Faded concrete driveway stained with Russet EasyTint colored sealer

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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.

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.

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.

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