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Staining or coloring is probably the easiest thing you can do to give your concrete
patio or sidewalk a distinctive look. There are three ways to color your concrete.
The first is to put the color into the concrete mix before it is poured into the
forms. The second method of coloring is to apply the color to the surface of the
concrete while it is still wet. And the third is staining.
You can purchase color and stains for concrete at just about any lumberyard and home
improvement store. None of the three color methods are difficult to do. With the
first you put the color in the concrete mix before it is poured in your forms. In
this case just follow the directions given with the color. In the second method
you spread the color uniformly across the surface of your concrete while it is still
wet and then use the float to spread it around and into the concrete. Then finish
the concrete as usual. Staining is the last color method. There are several ways
to stain. Regular, etching and semi-transparent. Regular is like paint. It goes
on and covers completely. Etching and semi-transparent go on the same way (use a
paintbrush, a spray can, I saw one done with a mop and it looked pretty good), but
there is a difference. Semi-transparent can be applied in layers. Since the stain
is semi-transparent the existing surface of your concrete sidewalk or patio will
show through the first few layers of stain. The more times you apply the stain to
the surface the less the original concrete coloration below will show up. Etching,
too, allows the surface below to show through. In each case just follow the instructions
given for the product you purchase.
One last item. Older or stained concrete will probably require some cleaning. Whatever
staining product you get will always give some advise and recommendations as to cleaning
the surface and what to buy for that purpose.
A sidewalk with regular stain applied to the surface.