How to Stain a Cinder Block

A plain, gray concrete wall can be quite boring to look at. Most home foundations are made of concrete cinder blocks, which are the standard gray concrete color. To contrast and complement your home color, you may want to change the color of your cinder block foundation. Changing cinder block color is done via staining the concrete with your color of choice. Concrete staining is like applying paint and the cost is similar.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves

  • Mask

  • Safety goggles

  • Wire brush

  • Painter tape

  • Plastic tarp

  • Electric Sprayer

  • Concrete acid stain (color of choice)

  • Concrete sealer

  • Paint roller

  • Paint roller pan

Step 1

Scrub any current stains off the cider block with the wire brush.

Step 2

Tape along the edges of the cinder block (foundation) with painters tape and plastic tarps so you don't stain get over spray on anything near it.

Step 3

Fill the paint sprayer with the acid concrete stain. Apply the acid stain generously over the entire cinder block area. Allow it to dry for a day.

Step 4

Fill the paint roller pan with concrete sealer. Apply the sealer over the entire cider block area you stained with the paint roller. Allow it to dry for a day.

Step 5

Remove the painters tape and plastic tarps.


Wear gloves, a mask, and safety goggles while staining concrete.

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