How to Create a Concrete Stain

Doug Enright 

Most concrete projects can be made to be do-it-yourself if you have the time and energy. If you want to use concrete stains, you can even make them yourself. Now, before you begin making your own concrete stains to use, consider that a professional will be able to give you exactly what you need without the frustration of doing it for yourself the first time. Let’s look at how to create a concrete stain for your next do-it-yourself project.

Creating a Concrete Stain

There’s common household items that can be used to create concrete stains, but it’s necessary to make sure you know exactly what you want to do and how to do it before you begin. By creating your own concrete stain, you risk causing issues with your concrete, such as buckling and cracks. You may also take away from some of the natural properties of the concrete that you wanted in the first place.

There are several types of concrete stains you can create, such as:

  • Acid
  • Copper
  • Chromium
  • Chromium and copper
  • Iron
  • Manganese

There are many guides out there for creating specific concrete strains. Refer to them to get the look you want and make sure you’re ready to take on this project. If you’re not 100 percent sure, contact a concrete professional for consultation. This will cost you but you want to do so to ensure you’re doing it right from the get go.

If you’re taking on a big project, you may want to hire a professional to begin with. This can save you the headache of figuring out concrete staining yourself and ensuring you’re getting the concrete finish you want. If you’re ready to take on the project yourself, you can do it with time and energy, no matter the scope.

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