Homemade Stain for Concrete

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Homemade Stain for Concrete
Enhance the appearance of your driveway with concrete stain. (long driveway image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)

Concrete stains enhance the appearance of your garage, driveway or concrete patio. Commercial concrete stains are available, but you can save money by creating your own stain. Use simple supplies found at your local hardware store to create your own concrete stain. Once you've applied it to the concrete surface, you'll have a whole new look. Even though these chemicals are safe, wear work gloves and safety goggles while mixing your stain solution to prevent any from getting in your eyes or staining skin.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cups
  • Iron sulphate
  • Water
  • Plastic bucket
  • Paint stirring sticks
  • Copper sulphate

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    Orange or Tan Iron Sulfate Stain

  1. 1

    Measure 1/4 cup of iron sulphate and pour into your plastic bucket.

  2. 2

    Add 2/3 cup of warm water to the iron sulphate.

  3. 3

    Stir the mixture with a paint stirring stick until the yellowish iron sulphate dissolves into an orange-tan mixture.

    Blue-Green Copper Sulfate Stain

  1. 1

    Measure 1/4 cup of copper sulphate and pour into your non-metal bucket.

  2. 2

    Measure 1 cup of hot water and add to the copper sulphate. The heat from the water will help dissolve the copper sulphate.

  3. 3

    Dissolve the copper sulphate by stirring the mixture with a paint stirrer. Allow your concrete stain to cool a bit.

Tips and warnings

  • Create your homemade concrete stain right before you intend to use it so further chemical reaction doesn't occur, resulting in a change in colour.
  • Test an inconspicuous area first to see if you are happy with the colour of the stain.

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