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Staining Concrete Surfaces

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Concrete porch stained with acid stain.

Concrete porch stained with acid stain.

Concrete stains are available in acid-based or transparent and opaque water-based solutions. They can be used to give plain concrete a beautiful new look, but don’t apply concrete stains over existing paint or sealers.

Cleaning concrete porch (left), applying acid stain to concrete (right).

Cleaning concrete porch (left) and applying acid stain to concrete (right).

When staining concrete surfaces:

  1. Clean Surface: Use an etcher and degreaser to prepare the surface of the concrete.
  2. Test Surface: Rinse and dry the cleaned concrete surface, then test the surface by splashing water on it. If the water beads up, the stain won’t absorb into the concrete and will not be effective at achieving the desired look.
  3. Stain Concrete: Apply concrete stain following the directions on the container.

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Video Transcript


If you have ordinary concrete surfaces, you can be easily transform them into beautiful and unique surfaces using concrete stains.

These stains are available in acid-based or transparent and opaque water-based solutions. But don’t attempt to apply them over existing paint or sealers. Be sure to use an etcher and degreaser to prepare the surface.

And after rinsing and drying, thoroughly test the surface for penetrability by splashing water on it. If the water beads, the stain won’t absorb and will not be effective at achieving the desired look.

These tips are brought to you by QUIKRETE – What America’s Made Of.


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    November 5th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, Anshad!
    We recommend submitting questions involving unique situations like yours to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.
    Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/radio/ask-questions/
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  • Anshad McKay Says:
    November 4th, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Can I use an acid stain over concrete that I previously colored with qwikrete cement color?


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    Thomas Boni Says:
    October 1st, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Hi, John!
    We recommend Quikrete products for staining concrete.
    The specific product depends on the desired results.

    Here’s more information:
    https://www.quikrete.com/productlines/penetratingconcretestain.asp
    https://www.quikrete.com/productlines/translucentconcretestain.asp

    Good luck!



  • John Baker Says:
    September 30th, 2018 at 9:25 am

    What type of stain would I use to stain a plain concrete walkway and steps that will not wear off over time. Thank ou



  • Anita Swanson Says:
    August 15th, 2018 at 7:43 am

    can I stain over sakrete concrete sealant



  • Elaine Butler Says:
    August 13th, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Danny,
    I watch your show all the time. I have a patio dilemma that I greatly need your advice and help with. Contractor started 24 x 30 patio footing for me. That’s complete. I have sand base that has been leveled already ,I have different size pavers that I wanted to use. MY contractor has left me standing for 2 months now. I have this beautifully made footing and unable to finish it. I need help , with the next step, I want my pavers set in concrete, is that idea feasible or not.. Please help!
    Desperate for patio finish. My husband and I would love to show you our big back yard in the country in Somerville Tennessee.



  • Robert Rojas Says:
    April 1st, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    recently poured new concrete, one area is a dog run would like to know how long do i have to wait to apply a sealer on new concrete and what kind would be best in the dog run area. Thank You and God Bless


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Staining Concrete Surfaces