How to Stain a Concrete Driveway

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Concrete driveways can be boring and even ugly since they hold stains from automotive fluids and other liquids. Apply concrete stain to your driveway to hide stains, improve the look of your home and add color to your yard. Learn how to stain a concrete driveway by following these steps.

  • Decide what kind of stain you want to use. Acid stains are harder to apply but produce better color patterns and penetrate the concrete surface. Water-based stains are easier to use but don't have a deep, rich color. Paints and sealants only cover the concrete and are easily scratched.

  • Buy enough stain to cover your entire driveway adequately. Measure the length and width of the driveway so you know exactly how much stain you need. Keep in mind some stains need several coats.

  • Clean the concrete to prepare the surface for the stain. Remove everything from the concrete. Use a concrete degreaser found at hardware stores to remove stains and dirt. Use a pressure washer to rinse the concrete area completely. Allow it to dry completely and then sweep it off with a clean broom.

  • Wear protective clothing to protect your skin from the stain. Wear long pants, boots, a long sleeved shirt, goggles and gloves. The stain is toxic and can have a reaction with your skin.

  • Spray the stain on the concrete using a pump sprayer. These sprayers can be found at any hardware store. Start in a corner and work in 2-foot sections. Layering and drying times can be found in the manufacturers instructions for your specific type and brand of stain.

  • Seal the concrete with a sealer after the stain dries completely. A sealer helps protect the stain and can add a polished look to the concrete. Apply the sealer with a rolling brush.

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