Staining concrete pavers

Old 09-18-15, 04:25 PM
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We recently made our own cement pavers from a form in a 200 ft. section. Part of the cement pavers were poured over existing concrete slab and part over compacted dirt, gravel and sand. It has been 2 weeks so the concrete pavers are set and completely dry. We want to stain them and seal the whole area. Here are the questions: 1) Do we need to etch the concrete if it's new and has never been sealed before? 2) We'd like to put a base, a tint & then a sealer on. Do we need to wait days in between or just dry time? 3) What's best....water based or other?
Old 09-18-15, 04:42 PM
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The main reason for etching concrete prior to staining/painting is if the concrete is real smooth it will open it up some so the coating can suck in and adhere. How slick are your pavers?

What type of finish are you looking for? I'm not sure what a base and then a tint coat is ?? Solid color concrete stains don't need a sealer.
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IF you use concrete acid-stain, just stain & neutralize,,, neutralizing solution - 1part regular ammonia : 8parts wtr then rinse well,,, mineral salts contained in the acid stain will change the color of the cement's ' free lime ' thereby resulting in color of choice.

there's no paint that's traffic resistant,,, using an uv-resistant sealer will protect color however you'll have to make that an annual maintenance item

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