Depending on the look you want to achieve for your stained concrete driveway, you can choose from acid-based chemical stains or water-based stains.
Acid stains penetrate and react chemically with the concrete, creating natural color variations that add character and unique mottling effects. However, the color selection is generally limited to subtle earth tones, such as tans, browns, terra cottas, and soft blue-greens.
Water-based stains go beyond the subtle drama and subdued color palette of acid staining. They come in a full spectrum of hues and in many cases, can be mixed, like water-based paints, to broaden your options.
HOW TO STAIN YOUR CONCRETE DRIVEWAY
The following steps will be taken to stain your driveway:
- Clean the surface – remove the oil and other stains and debris on the concrete surface
- Apply the concrete stain – follow manufacturer recommendations for what equipment is required and how to apply
- Neutralize and rinse the stain – when using an acid-based stain should you neutralize with ammonia or T.C.P., and rinse the surface of excess stain
- Seal your concrete – apply sealant to make your surface last for years to come