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If you are working on a budget of both time and money, Antiquing Stain provides the highest return on investment with easy-to-apply color that works with a wide range of concrete surface conditions.
Antiquing Stain is a topical stain that penetrates into concrete but is not chemically reactive so you can blend patchy areas in with the rest of the concrete. This makes it ideal for repairing and amending color with minimal surface preparation, especially if you prefer a more solid color appearance or need to finish a project quickly. Antiquing stains are available in 40 colors.
We are thrilled to feature our 2019 winner’s work here with you. Below, William details his exact step by step process for transforming a 450 square foot outdoor patio using Direct Colors Antiquing Stains
Total Time For Project Completion: 2 Days inclusive of surface preparation and drying time
Actual Work Time: 14 hours
Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser
1 Gallon Black Antiquing Stain
1 Gallon Charcoal Antiquing Stain
5 Gallon Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain
5 Gallon Olive Antiquing Stain
Acrylic Concrete Sealer, Solvent-Based, Satin Finish
1 Quart Xylene
Medium Bristle Brush
Materials Cost: $583.69
Ace Deck Sprayer 2 gal. (1008176) $34.99
Contractors Broom – 24″, Medium Bristles $28
Pressure Washer – Prices Vary
My first step was to spray a modest amount of degreaser and a mist of water and brush the concrete with a medium bristle brush.
I then rinsed with a thorough high pressure power wash, making sure to hit the total surface area and let it dry overnight.
Using a pump up deck sprayer, I applied Black Liquid Antiquing Stain in sweeping intermittent motions on the deck ribbon and walkway.
Tip: Remember to shake the stain periodically as you spray.
I alternated the Black and Charcoal Antiquing Stain in the same sweeping intermittent sections on the patio area and let dry for four hours.
Once dry, I began applying the Olive Antiquing Stain on the ribbon and walkway then let dry four hours, then repeated for effect.
I then layered in the Aztec Brown Antiquing Stain on the main patio and let it dry for four hours and repeated to create the desired effect.
Tip: Apply light layers and allow the stain to naturally pool in the texture for dark accents.
Again using the Black Antiquing Stain, I applied a light intermittent pattern across all of the concrete, followed by a light intermittent pattern of the Olive Antiquing Stain across the patio.
I used Solvent Based, Stain Finish Acrylic Concrete Sealer on all of the concrete for a real pop of color. Rinse out the pump sprayer using Xylene* and then fill with sealer. Using the “yellow tip” of the spray applicator, apply a light coat of sealer using a fast motion; swirl the solution in the sprayer often and keep the pressure up high.
Let the sealer dry at least six hours, then apply another coat in the same manner. Don’t apply second coat while the first is still wet.
*Tip: after each use of the spray applicator I would flush with a quart of Xylene. I recycled the Xylene and only used one quart for the whole project.
The Concrete Sealer has more of a glossy finish for the first few days and then becomes a prefect satin. For areas where overspray is an issue, like next to my house, I placed a piece of cardboard between the ribbon and the patio to keep the overspray under control. These products are very easy to use and and great results!