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TxBuilder 03-29-2012 08:44 AM

DIY Concrete Staining
Anyone ever tackled a DIY concrete staining project with no previous experience? How did it turn out and what resources did you use to learn?

imported_Bud Cline 03-29-2012 03:23 PM

There are only about two basic ways to do this to my knowledge. One is simply using a paint product suitable for the purpose to cover the concrete.

Another method is Acid Staining. In Acid Staining the concrete is etched with acid then stained. One great source of information for Acid Staining techniques is at

Beware there are concrete paints on the market that are labelled as "stains" but I don't consider them anything more than a paint.

Chris 03-29-2012 04:55 PM

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^ What he said. I have no experience but I did my back patio. I cut a tile pattern into my concrete and then used some regular stain (Paint) and then some Acid stain and that is some awesome stuff. When i was done with that I used a stone enhancer/tile sealer on it to darken it up and I think it turned out great. I'll get some pics up when i find them.

Chris 03-29-2012 04:56 PM

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Austin fix the pic uploader.

Chris 03-29-2012 04:57 PM

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Another one.

Chris 03-29-2012 04:58 PM

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This uploader sucks.

Chris 03-29-2012 04:59 PM

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Here we go again. This is the star with two colors of regular stain.

Chris 03-29-2012 05:00 PM

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And now I started the acid stain.

Chris 03-29-2012 05:02 PM

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More acid stain.

Chris 03-29-2012 05:03 PM

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Here it is a year later. Still need to finish the rest of the patio.

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