After watching too much HGTV, I am interested in the concrete staining they
do. The concrete I want to stain is outside walkways, which has nearly a
broom finish. I guess you could say it is one step smoother than a broom
finish. Nowhere near the slick finish on interior concrete floors.
Give me some info, hints, tips, and sites re: concrete staining.
Done it? Like it? PITA? Easy? Cost?
Same here! Yesterday I OD'ed on HGTV. They showed a bathroom floor that the
owner did herself on "this small space" and an exterior spot on curb appeal.
On the small spaces segment, they didn't show any of the work, just finished
product but the owner of the condo said it was easy and fun. On the curb
appeal, they showed a pro applying what appeared to be a thin layer of new
concrete and then spraying the stain on with a spray bottle to give it a
mottled tile like appearance.
I stained the concrete floors on my 2 rental units, and it came out really
well. The concrete wasn't even near in perfect condition. There was tile on
it before, marks all over, etc. 2 coats of stain later, it looked like old
marble. It left me wishing I had concrete floors in my house to stain.
I used Kemiko (http://www.kemiko.com ) and would highly recommend it. You
spray on with a garden sprayer, let sit, and wash off. It had a chemical
reaction with the concrete to change the color; it doesn't simply "paint"
As a final note, I used the Cola color, with 2 coats of Kemiko's sealer for
a nice shine. I would do some thinking about using the sealer if it was an
outside application, and it seems like it might get a little slick.
Total cost: About $150 for both units.
I left the concrete as-is. Being that I was leaving the concrete floors in
the house, and not tiling, I liked the rough look of it. If it was too
jagged to walk on comfortably, I suppose I would have ground that part
smooth, but otherwise the sealer did a nice job of giving it a finished
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