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How to Change the Color of Concrete

By: Danny Lipford
To change the color of concrete before it is poured, add a tint to the mix.

To change the color of concrete before it is poured, add a tint or dye to the mix.

People who want to use concrete in their landscaping often ask how they can change the color.

If the concrete has already been poured your best option is applying a stain to the surface. You’ll want to clean the surface well and let it dry thoroughly before you do this. Concrete stains come in solid or semi-transparent colors. Applying them is much like painting, but because concrete is so porous, once it goes on you can’t just wipe it off. So be sure you like the color.

If you’re pouring new concrete you can add a color tint, or dye, directly into the mix. This ensures that the color goes all the way through whatever you’re creating so even if it’s scratched or chipped the color doesn’t change. If you’re mixing multiple batches, it’s important that you mix the color identically in every one so that the finished project will have a consistent color throughout.

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