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Make Your Dull Stained Concrete Patio Shine Again

Beverly D. wanted to refinish the steps around her house because the concrete looked dull and unattractive.

Originally, their outdoor decorative concrete was integrally-colored with concrete pigment, then stamped and sealed but the color had faded over time in the hot Texas sun.

After testing a few sample colors, Beverly selected EasyTint colored concrete sealer in Aztec Brown. She opted to include a non slip concrete sealer additive in the final coat of clear sealer to minimize slip hazards on the steps and around the pool.

When adding translucent color to previously stained or pigmented concrete, the final color will be a combination of the existing and new colors. Testing is crucial for selecting the right color and sealer type. Direct Colors offers sample kits of every stain we sell.

Beverly said, “…refinishing outdoor concrete isn’t easy, but it was well worth the work. I must say that when it came to applying the clear coat sealer with the anti-slip grit was a breeze! We have saved at least $3,200 and that was just for the pool area.”

Dull faded concrete patio steps
Before
Tinted sealer on concrete stains
After
Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser Concentrate
ProClean Degreaser
EasyTint - Satin - Aztec Brown
EasyTint - Satin - Aztec Brown
Acrylic Sealer Solvent Gloss
High Gloss Sealer
Slip Resistant Additive
Slip Resistant Additive
Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser Concentrate
ProClean Degreaser
EasyTint - Satin - Aztec Brown
EasyTint - Satin - Aztec Brown
Acrylic Sealer Solvent Gloss
High Gloss Sealer
Slip Resistant Additive
Slip Resistant Additive

All surfaces sealed with a tinted concrete sealer should be top coated with the same sealer-base in clear. The clear coat will allow for even wear and make future re-sealing much easier.

How to Apply Tinted Concrete Sealer to Faded Concrete

  1. Determine if the concrete was sealed with a solvent based sealer.

    Pour a small amount of Xylene on the sealer and wait 30 seconds. Pat dry and touch the area. If the surface becomes tacky or sticky, then the concrete was sealed with a solvent-based sealer and is a good candidate for EasyTint™.

  2. Apply colored concrete sealer.

    Pour EasyTint™ directly into a pump sprayer and apply using random, straight, or circular motion until a “wet” appearance is achieved.

  3. Allow drying.

    Allow 4 – 6 hours to dry before applying additional coats.

  4. Apply a second coat.

    Use the same technique as Step 2. Allow drying for 8 hours.

  5. Apply top clear coat.

    For high-traffic and very sunny areas, we recommend a 25% or higher solid content solvent based sealer.

Faded Concrete Walkway Facelift with Tinted Sealer

Faded Residential Concrete Walkway Porch
Before
Stained Residential Walkway with Light Charcoal over Old Pink
After Light Charcoal EasyTint

Learn how Stephanie gave her walkway a complete makeover with EasyTint, or check out our concrete walkway ideas.

Before and after photo of faded and restored dull concrete
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint
Azure Blue, Malayan Buff & Shifting Sand EverStain and Light Charcoal EasyTint on Concrete Patio

Destination: Driveway Restoration

Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Faded Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint on Driveway Concrete Pavers
Russet EasyTint on Driveway Concrete Pavers

Check out our concrete driveway stain idea gallery for concrete pavers inspiration and more!