DIY - Give new life to that concrete patio

  • Give new life to that concrete patio:


    I hope everyone had a great and safe 4th of July holiday.

    Being that I took off last week and didn't upload an article, next week I will be uploading 2 articles.

    The 2nd article (Build Your Own Beach Cart) will include plans. 


    Now for this weeks article:

    When most people think of staining ,they think of wood.

    Surprisingly  there are a lot more things that can be stained than you think.

    This week we're going to look at staining your concrete patio (or driveway).


    Over the years driveways and patios get a lot of abuse from the weather (and mention other things), as a result there are stains that just an’t come out no matter what. Or you just might want to give your patio a new look.


    There are many companies that make concrete stain, personally I’ve always used Rust-Oleum.

    As to the best, everyone has their opinion, so research the brand you plan to buy.


    Here are the steps to staining your concrete patio.


    1- Using a high pressure power washer and concrete cleaner, give your patio a good cleaning.


    2- Using a stiff push broom, brush down your patio while hosing away any debris/dirt.


    3- Using an industrial degreaser or acid cleaner and a brush, scrub your patio and allow to dry for 48 hours. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner, including safety instructions.


    4- Sweep your patio, then apply your concrete stain using a brush. For multiple colors or coats, allow 48 hours to dry between (even though manufactures time may be less).


    In addition:


    When your staining your patio, it opens the door to a lot of new designs.

    After applying the base color, you can use stencils to add a design,

    you can add a border, you can even add a shuffleboard court.

    The possibilities are endless.  Just make sure that you sketch out your design and take your time staining in your pattern/design/game.


    For recommended materials/supplies, visit my links page below.



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    With over 30 years experience in the home improvement field, Artie Wallace (owner of Rockaways Handyman) can help you with most of your DIY questions. For more information about Artie Wallace or Rockaways Handyman, visit his website at,  like him on Facebook at, or email your questions to


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    The DIYer by Artie Wallace.


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