How to Apply Concrete Stain
From our experience, many customers struggle with the decision of whether to seek out the expertise of professional concrete specialists or to try to do it themselves. Surprisingly, most people that decide to go for it are usually please with the results they get!
The following step-by-step guide will teach you how to apply concrete stain to existing concrete. It’s actually quite easy if you follow these simple steps.
“If I knew how easy it can be to do concrete staining on my own, I would saved my money and had my projects done more quickly. Too bad I didn’t see your guide a decade ago!” – Jon C., EZ Stain Customer
Step 2: Calculating Square Footage
Step 3: Surface Preparation
Step 4: Mixing EZ Stain Concentrate
Step 5: Method of Application
EZ Stain can be applied in many ways depending on your desired outcome. Here are the most common methods and what they work well on.
Depending on the surface and it’s size and texture you will have to determine which technique will work best for you.
Always test in a small inconspicuous place first until desired outcome is achieved.
● Spraying works well on concrete floors, driveways, block walls, wood and any large area surface. Spraying works well for solid color applications as well as multicolor applications. Spraying is EZ and Fast and can be done with a pump style or commercial airless sprayer.
● Pouring and Spreading works well on floors, driveways and surfaces that can be broomed or squeegeed and for making patterns or brush strokes. Pouring and a sponge works well when staining statuary.
● Painting/Brushing works well on pottery, statuary and wood, wood fencing. When applying to wood/wood fencing, lightly wet wood. Painting is also very useful for staining the footings of slabs/walkways/driveways (nothing looks worse than a beautifully stained patio with bare concrete spots showing on the sides and footings).
● Dipping works well for small objects with your stain in a bowl. Stir frequently and wear gloves.
● Sponging works well on smooth wood surfaces like plywood/desk & countertops. Wet wood slightly with a mister/spray bottle to open pours, wait 5 min. and use a scotch brite or rough side of sponge to “rub” EZ Stain into the wood and bring out the grain. Following coats if desired should be applied with a soft sponge or brush
OK on to Step 6
Step 6: Multiple Coats and Colors
EZ Stain is made to be used in the artistic layering of floors/driveways/walkways/patios etc. When layering with different colors on each coat you can achieve unique patterns and marbling effects, expressing natural stone and a unique custom look.While there are no strict “rules”.
in using EZ Stain products, here are a few things to keep in mind. Always TEST in a small inconspicuous place first until desired outcome is achieved. Don’t start out doing the whole job… TEST. It’s EZ and it’s fun.
● For multiple colors, generally you will want to put down the lightest color first and let it dry completely. After EZ Stain has dried to the touch you can look back over your job to see if you have any light spots and “tune them up” as desired.
● Once your second coat is finished be sure it’s completely dry before starting your next color.
● Again wet the surface with a light spray/mist. Remember that you have already created a slightly sealed surface with your first coat so this time you’ll be using less water. Water will mostly evaporate and dry and not “soak in” to your slab.
● Apply/spray your second color and use your clear water spray/mist to make marbled effects
● You can start and stop at any time. Just re-wet the area and begin again using your clear water spray/mist to blend or feather you edges of where you previously stopped.
● After all coats of EZ Stain have dried your ready to seal.
OK On to step 7
Step 7: Sealing
What needs to be sealed ? is one of the most common questions.
Any EZ Stained surface that is subjected to high traffic should be sealed; Foot traffic, Car traffic, Dog traffic. Mechanical damage like dragging patio furniture, anything that would leave a mark, scratch or wear concrete will scratch and wear EZ Stain and should be sealed with an appropriate sealer. Sealing your finished EZ Stain job will make it look awesome and last indefinitely with proper maintenance.
Statuary, block walls and other vertical surfaces are often left un-sealed while pottery is usually sealed. Keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with sealing anything, it makes it look great.
PLEASE PLEASE stay away from and do not use cheap home improvement chain store sealers. They don’t work well and WILL RUIN your EZ Stain job by turning into a milky white mess that will basically cover up all of your hard work and will be impossible to remove with out going all the way back to bare concrete. These sealers work fine on plain/bare concrete but are not formulated to work with EZ Stain Products.
We use and recommend our high quality, non-toxic sealing products. To learn more about the types of concrete sealers, check this page. Remember that all coats of sealer should be VERY light coats. Each coat forms another barrier and will bond to itself. 6 light coats are 3 times better that 2 heavy coats, will look better (look deeper) and will last longer.