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Learn everything you need to know in order to successfully acid stain concrete or brick pavers.
It is possible to acid stain both concrete and brick pavers, but your options may be limited depending on what color you would like, and whether or not the pavers were previously sealed.
Yes, you have a couple of options for staining brick pavers. If pavers have been previously sealed, we recommend using Antiquing Concrete Stain followed by a solvent-based acrylic sealer assuming your pavers are outside. If the brick pavers are not sealed, they can be Acid Stained . Keep in mind that acid stains will color grout as well, so if you just want to change the color of the bricks but not the grout make sure to use a apply acid stain with a paint brush. For vertical surface staining, try our Deco Gel, our acid-based gel of minerals and acid designed to adhere without drips or runs on vertical surfaces.
Yes, you can restore color to previously colored outdoor brick pavers with Antiquing Stains . You can also use a solvent-based tinted sealer to enhance the existing color.
No, the color from concrete stains such as acid stains, also known as “acid washing,” achieve a permanent color results via reaction between hydrochloric acid and the lime found in concrete. Brick stains do not chemically reach with the brick. Brick stains are topical and do not permanently change the color of the brick itself.
Yes, We have 40 colors of Antiquing Stains to choose from and I’m confident you’ll find a color or colors you’ll really like. This product is the best option for previously sealed concrete pavers.
If the concrete pavers are clean with no topical stains, like a water based stain, or sealer, it’s a candidate for acid staining. Keep in mind that given the fact that the beginning color isn’t gray, the final color may be somewhat different from acid stain color chart.
However, Antique and Tinted Sealer are both translucent. You will see the red undertone no matter what. This is true when putting any of our lighter colors over a darker color.
If the goal is to completely turn red to gray, no, This will not happen.
DIY SPOTLIGHT: ACID STAINING BRICK PAVERS
I have an outdoor patio made of the red concrete brick pavers and 1 ft. x 1 ft. red concrete squares. Can I stain these to a darker color? If not, is there some other method of coloring these bricks?
Yes, you have a couple of coloring options for concrete brick pavers. Although internal coloring, like the brick red pigment, will affect the outcome of the acid stain’s final color, it is absolutely essential to know whether the pavers have been sealed previously to know which route to take with your acid stain.
To stain previously sealed pavers, we recommend using Direct Colors Antiquing Stain. There are 40 colors to choose from and we are confident you’ll find a color, or colors, to match your design needs.
Stained patio brick pavers with Khaki, Goldenrod, Driftwood, Charcoal Antiquing Stains. Sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin Finish, Acrylic Concrete Sealer
Brick concrete pavers stained with Charcoal Antiquing Stain sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin Finish, Acrylic Sealer
Brick pavers stained with Aztec Brown, Tan and Light Charcoal Antiquing Stain sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin Finish, Acrylic Sealer
If you are working with unsealed concrete pavers you may apply any acid stain technique to modify the color of your pavers, as long as the concrete is clean and free of any topical stains. Keep in mind that many concrete paver surfaces are more porous than a standard concrete slab, therefore budgeting roughly 20% extra volume to your order will ensure you have enough stain and sealer for the job.
Now, to finish the job you will want to seal in that color and protect it for coming years. Our top outdoor concrete sealer is the Solvent-Based Satin Finish Acrylic Sealer. Aside from making concrete look great, it is durable and doesn’t create slip hazards on patios when wet.
Brick pavers stained using Solvent-Based Charcoal Tinted Sealer
Any acid stain you apply to colored pavers will react differently than with the flat grey color of neutral concrete. Direct Colors provides a couple of options to help modify the color of your pavers. Remember to first determine whether your colored paver has been sealed previously.
If working with previously sealed brick pavers, then your best option to modify their color is Direct Colors Antiquing Stain. Apply this specially-formulated stain directly over your colored paver for an elegant looking finish.
If you determine that your colored pavers are not sealed, then you may use any Acid Stain Techniques applicable to concrete. Remember that when working with non-gray concrete, the final color may be somewhat different from that found in our Acid Stain Color Chart.
Desert Amber and Black Acid Stains on previously colored concrete pavers
STAINING BRICK PAVERS BEFORE AND AFTER