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    How much do I need to stain my concrete?

    It will depend on the square footage of your application.

    The coverage rate is 200 square feet per gallon (2 coats) depending on concrete porosity. Two or more coats are required.

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    Portico™ Stain is a professional grade, semi-transparent paver stain that is specifically designed to enhance the natural beauty of porous concrete surfaces. This high-quality stain is perfect for use on outdoor concrete patios, driveways, walkways, pool decks, and more. Whether you want to rejuvenate an old patio or add a pop of color to your driveway, Portico™ Stain has you covered.

    Unlike other concrete stains on the market, Portico™ is highly saturated, ensuring that it delivers deep, long-lasting color that won't fade or peel. It is also easy to apply, although it does take 6-8 hours to dry before sealer can be applied. This longer drying time allows the stain to penetrate deeply into the pores of the concrete, ensuring that the color will remain vibrant and durable over time. Portico™ Stain is resistant to UV rays and other weathering, making it perfect for use on exterior concrete surfaces.

    As a semi-transparent stain, Portico™ allows the natural texture and variations of the concrete to show through, creating a beautiful, natural-looking finish. If you're not sure which color is right for your project, don't worry - we offer a Portico™ Stain Trial Kit so you can test out different colors before committing to a full-size purchase. We also offer a Portico™ Stain & Seal bundle that includes both the stain and a high-quality sealer at a discounted price, saving you money and making it even easier to transform your outdoor concrete spaces. So if you want to enhance the natural beauty of your surfaces with a durable, high-quality stain, look no further than Portico™. This versatile product is perfect for any project, big or small, and is sure to exceed your expectations when used and sealed properly.

    Quick Facts
    • Application Tool: Pump sprayer
    • Dry Time: 6-8 hours before applying sealer (sealer application is a required step)
    • Cleanup: Mineral spirits
    • Coverage: Aproximately 200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on concrete porosity
    • Sealer: EasySeal™ or AcquaSeal™
    • Recommended Uses: Concrete brick paver patios, driveways, pool decks, walkways or any rough concrete surfaces

    Note: Since this is a made to-order-product, we cannot offer refunds, exchanges, or returns.
    Due to DOT-ORM-D regulations, this product cannot be expedited and can only be shipped by ground.

    Disclaimer: Direct Colors does not warrant or guarantee results (outcomes). Concrete variations or improper application may cause unintended results. Test product on an inconspicuous or small area and allow to fully cure to ensure compatibility and desired result.


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    How does Portico concrete stain work?

    Portico Paver Stain is formulated using pigments. When sprayed onto a concrete surface, the liquid remains wet for an extended period, allowing pigments to travel and nest into the surface. Since paver stain is a pigment-based colorant, the pigments require sealing to hold them in place.

    Where can I apply Portico Paver Stain?

    Portico Paver Stain is typically intended for outdoor surfaces like concrete pavers. In most cases, Portico can also be applied to brushed concrete, extremely porous, or weathered and degraded surfaces due to its heavier pigmentation. 
    If your concrete surface or pavers aren't very porous, you might consider using Antiquing Stain. Uncertain about how porous the surface is? Consider an Antiquing Stain Trial Kit or Portico Paver Stain Trial Kit to confirm results before purchasing for your entire project.

    I’ve just applied Portico stain to my concrete and after it dried, it barely has any color. What happened?

    The good news is that concrete pigments don't disappear! Assuming your concrete surface is in relatively decent condition and isn't extremely deteriorated, the pigments you sprayed down are still in place. Once Portico is sprayed on the surface and dries for several hours, the dried pigment only appears faded. 

    When you apply the recommended two thin coats of concrete sealer, the color will “pop” to life, transforming your space! Be mindful of a decision you'll need to make between solvent-based or water-based sealers. While both are great options, the difference is that solvent-based sealers will “pop” color much more intensely than water-based sealers. Water-based sealers will tend to soften in color as they cure.

    Why didn’t Portico work on my concrete?

    It would be unusual if Portico Paver Stain didn't color your pavers or concrete surface successfully. Remember, this product is made of pigment, and pigments don't disappear! If Portico didn't add any color to your concrete, it could potentially be one of two issues: 
    1. The pigments became trapped or blocked in the sprayer. This can make it seem as if you sprayed liquid with no color. Make sure that you have removed all of the filters on the stain sprayer and that the O-rings are seated correctly in the sprayer head. 
    2. The concrete that you're applying Portico to is too damaged. When concrete has significantly deteriorated, the pigments will fall deeper into the concrete surface - causing the color to diminish. This is not a sign of a faulty product, but unfortunately, you may have selected the wrong product for your particular project.

    How much surface preparation is required before applying Portico Paver Stain?

    Surface preparation is often the most critical factor in any successful decorative concrete project. In order to achieve the best results, the concrete surface should be free of cure and seal, sealer, paint, dirt, grime, and grease. If the concrete was previously stained and the original sealer has worn away, go ahead and apply Portico over that previous stain. What you would particularly want to avoid is applying Portico over a previously sealed surface. This could cause the still intact sealer to repel the new stain you’ve applied. 
    Scrub the surface using ProClean Degreaser, rinse thoroughly, and allow to dry before applying Portico.

    What should I use to apply Portico stain?

    The best application tool is a pump up sprayer for fences and decks. When using a sprayer to apply Portico, don't forget to remove any filters. These are normally found at the top or bottom of the straw in the canister. If the filter isn't removed, you would only spray the clear liquid onto your surface - the filter would prevent the pigment from being sprayed out. 
    For closer applications or a slightly different look, use a sponge or foam brush.

    Can I use multiple paver stain colors, and can they be mixed?

    We strongly advise against mixing one Portico stain with another. Instead, consider layering separate colors on top of one another to achieve your desired look. We recommend starting with your lightest color of Portico and then building up to a darker color.

    What’s the difference between Antiquing Stain and Portico Paver Stain?

    Time to settle any confusion once and for all! While these two outdoor concrete stains are quite similar, Antiquing Stain is intended for textured and stamped concrete and Portico stain is intended for flatter, more porous surfaces such as concrete pavers.

    I purchased the amount of product your concrete stain calculator recommended based on my square footage, and still needed more. What happened?

    Depending on your concrete surface and chosen application methods, coverage rates can vary. We follow industry standards of approximately 200 square feet per gallon, which commonly applies to lower viscosity products like colorants and concrete sealers.
    First, it's always good to double-check your calculation of square footage. From there, a few variables come into play. How porous, weathered, or worn is your concrete? How heavily are you applying the product? On smoother, less porous concrete, you may find you're getting a bit more coverage than anticipated. For stamped, textured, or more weathered, porous concrete, you may get a bit less coverage. These variables aren't calculation errors, but more of a common indefinite. When in doubt, follow the general construction rule of rounding up for your supply needs.

    How-To Guide

    Printable Portico™ How-To Guide

    Step 1: Preparation

    • Newly poured concrete must cure for 30 days before application.
    • Cover areas at risk of over-spray with plastic drop cloth.
    • For existing concrete:
      • Remove paint or previously applied sealer using Soy Gel Stripper.
      • Remove carpet glue or other adhesives using Bean-E-Doo® Mastic Remover.
      • Remove any oils, dirt, debris, Soy Gel Stripper, or Bean-E-Doo® Mastic Remover using scrub brush and ProClean Degreaser™.
    • Verify absorption by pouring a cup of water in various areas. If not absorbed within five minutes, etch the surface with CitrusEtch™, then neutralize surface with ProClean Neutralizer™ and rinse thoroughly.
    • Allow the concrete to thoroughly dry before application.

    Step 2: Application

    Coverage rate is approximately 200 square feet per gallon. Coverage rates may vary based on concrete texture, surface porosity, and application method.

    NOTE: Only apply Portico™ Concrete Paver Stain when surface temperature is between 40 °F (4 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).

    CAUTION: Portico™ is flammable, harmful if swallowed, or inhaled. Keep away from heat, sparks, and flame. Store and use with adequate ventilation, allowing airflow to disperse vapors. Before applying Portico™, open windows and doors and extinguish all open flames such as gas appliance pilot lights, candles, etc. Do not smoke, use a lighter or matches, or anything that could cause a potential spark.


    • Remove all filters from pump-up sprayer.
    • Shake Portico™ well before pouring into sprayer.
    • Begin spraying at a far corner to maintain a clear path to exit.
    • Spray a saturating coat of Portico™ on surface in slightly circular motions with irregular overlaps.
      • Shake sprayer tank from side to side often to prevent color from settling.
    • Allow to thoroughly dry for a minimum of eight hours before applying sealer.

    Step 3: Seal & Protect Finish

    • Apply two thin coats of sealer (AcquaSeal™ Water-Based Acrylic Sealer or EasySeal™ Solvent-Based Acrylic Sealer).
    • For additional application instructions, see AcquaSeal™ and EasySeal™ How-To Guides. Pro Tips:
    • To avoid droplets dripping onto surface: before releasing sprayer trigger, immediately place tip in a bucket.


    • Clean tools and supplies with odorless mineral spirits.


    • Protect finish every two years or as needed, using either AcquaSeal™ or EasySeal™.
    • For additional application instructions, see AcquaSeal™ and EasySeal™ How-To Guides.

    Tools & Supplies:

    • Pump-up sprayer
    • Plastic drop cloth
    • Scrub brush
    • Spiked shoes (if using CitrusEtch™)

    Disclaimer: Direct Colors does not warranty or guarantee results (outcomes). Concrete variations or improper application may cause unintended results. Test product on an inconspicuous or small area and allow to fully cure to ensure compatibility and desired result.

    How-To Videos

    How to Apply Portico� Paver Stain
    How to Apply EasySeal�
    How to Apply AcquaSeal�
    Concrete Stain Demonstration
    How to Stain faded Pavers

    Color Chart

    Portico Color Chart

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