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 you haven’t mentioned if the patio pavers are sealed or not but they often are if they’re already in place. If you have sealed them in the past, I’d recommend the Liquid Colored Antique Concrete Stain. We have 40 colors 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. Now, if you’re not certain whether or not the pavers are sealed, pour water on them to determine if it absorbs easily or beads on the surface. Beading or slow absorption suggests the concrete has been sealed. In that case, the Liquid Colored Antique is the right choice.
Unsealed concrete brick pavers can also be acid stained even if they are integrally colored (colored throughout the concrete). As long the concrete is clean and has 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. In addition, many concrete paver surfaces are more porous than standard concrete slab so if this is the case, add about 20% extra to your order to make sure you have enough stain and sealer for the job.
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