DIY: Colored Concrete Driveway

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DIY: Colored Concrete Driveway
Coloured concrete. (grey concrete wall background. image by wrangler from

A coloured concrete driveway would certainly be unique among most other driveways. They can be quite decorative and may even change the entire appearance of your landscaping. By following a few tried-and-true procedures, you can successfully colour your own driveway. The average do-it-yourself homeowner can colour a concrete driveway in one to two days, depending on the size and scope of the project.

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Things you need

  • Degreaser
  • Wire brush
  • Pressure washer
  • Muriatic acid
  • Acid brush
  • Concrete stain
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Concrete sealer
  • Pump-up garden sprayer

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  1. 1

    Remove grease stains from your driveway using degreaser and a wire brush. Apply the degreaser and allow it to set on the grease spot for five to 10 minutes before scrubbing. Use the wire brush to vigorously scrub the grease spot, and spray away the stain using a pressure washer.

  2. 2

    Test the grease spot after it has dried using a drop of water. If the water penetrates the concrete, the grease has been removed; if not, then re-treat the area with degreaser.

  3. 3

    Clean the entire concrete area using muriatic acid and an acid brush. Mix the acid in a 5-gallon bucket at the ratio of 1 gallon of acid to 3 gallons of water. Allow the acid to set on the concrete for five minutes, then reapply and scrub with a brush.

  4. 4

    Pressure wash the concrete driveway, removing any dirt or debris that may hinder the colouring process of the concrete. Because the colour stain must penetrate the pours of the concrete, make sure that the concrete surface is thoroughly clean.

  5. 5

    Purchase the concrete stain. Make sure the stain is a penetrating stain rather than a surface stain. Surface stain will only colour the surface of the concrete and will be subject to wear. A penetrating stain will actually penetrate the concrete and colour the concrete materials.

  6. 6

    Stain the concrete by cutting in edges and corners using a hand brush. Pour out the concrete stain directly onto the concrete and distribute the product using a roller. Don't pour out the entire can at once, but just enough to cover a 4-by-4 area. Distribute the stain evenly with the roller and make sure that none pools up.

  7. 7

    Seal the concrete surface with concrete sealer. After 48 hours of drying time for the stain, apply the sealer using a pump-up garden sprayer. The sealer will help preserve the concrete surface and bring out the deep colour of the stain.

Tips and warnings

  • Concrete stain comes in various colours.

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