Applying a coat of acid or water based stain will add color to new concrete or take care of any discoloration that has occured to an existing surface. Discoloration of concrete driveways can be due to a number of causes including improper color application, weathering, sun exposure, and absorption of stubborn grease and oil stains
- Solid-Color Stain: The best option for a dramatic change in the color of your concrete is a water based stain that will penetrate into the concrete rather forming a surface film. Once cured this stain will provide a natural colored concrete look. The concrete will need to be free of all other sealers and coatings prior to application in order for the stain to penetrate properly. No additional sealer is required for this process, but can be used if desired.
- Transparent/ Semi-Transparent Stain: This is the best option for a subtle change in color. As with the solid color stain, the concrete will need to be free of all other coatings to allow it to penetrate the concrete. A sealer is typically used to lock in the color. Translucent Stain offers a natural look which will highlight the natural variations in concrete. This can be used in multiple color combinations to achieve a unique multi-toned appearance.