If your concrete sidewalk is aging, dirty, and even power washing cannot improve its appearance, consider staining the surface. This affordable project can transform the look of outdoor concrete. Anyone who can paint can stain a concrete sidewalk. Allow at least two warm days with little to no winds and take your time to create the most impressive results.
You will need:
• Concrete stain
• Clear sealant
• Wire brush
• Ground stakes
• Paint tray
• Paint roller
• Garden hose
• Dish detergent
• Chemical degreaser (optional)
• Face mask
Step 1: Use the broom to sweep dirt and debris from the concrete. Remove surface dirt by scrubbing the surface and grooves with a stiff wire brush, working in a circular pattern.
Step 2: Fill a bucket with water and some dish detergent. Dip the sponge in this solution and use it to wash the sidewalk. If the surface has stains, treat them with a chemical degreaser. Rinse away soap and thoroughly dampen the sidewalk by spraying the area with the garden hose. Let the sidewalk dry.
Step 3: If concrete is less than six months old, use a water-based stain designed for concrete. Use an acid-based stain for an older sidewalk.
Step 4: Put on the face mask and gloves. Mix the stain well and pour it into the paint tray. Soak the paint roller with stain and apply it to the concrete, saturating the area including the cracks. If you are working in a driveway, patio, or other large area, a garden hose can be used to apply some stain.
Step 5: Cover the stained area with a tarp secured along the edges and corners by ground stakes. Leave the tarp on for at least 24 hours.
Step 6: Remove the tarp and apply a second coat of stain, if necessary. Re-cover the area with the tarp, secure it, and wait an additional 24 hours or more for the stain to dry.
Step 7: To protect the stain, use a clean roller and paint tray to apply a coat of clear sealant. Cover the area with a secured tarp for the designated drying time. Remove the tarp and enjoy your newly stained sidewalk.