How to Stain a Stamped Concrete Driveway How to Stain a Stamped Concrete Driveway
Staining your stamped concrete driveway can help to improve the overall look and quality. The stain will allow for an enhanced decor and also protect from wear and tear and weather. This project is great even for beginners, especially if you are just moving in or redoing your patio or driveway. If you are looking to stain your stamped concrete driveway, here are a few steps to follow.
Step 1 - Clean Driveway
Begin by cleaning off the driveway. You can sweep or even vacuum it with a wet or dry vac and then hose it down. Be sure to let it dry completely before moving on to the next step. If you do not have a wet or dry vacuum, you can usually rent one at a store or a tool rental company. Typically they will charge by the hour or day and you will just need to put down a deposit, but other than that almost everyone can have one. Be sure that you are getting the proper vacuum, depending on the condition of your driveway. This way you can make sure that it is as clean as possible when you are working.
Step 2 - Stain
Take the stain you have chosen for the driveway and pour it into a pan that you can fit a roller into. Then, begin on one end and use the roller to stain the entire driveway. Once you are finished, you can allow it to dry for about an hour or so and then start again for the final coat. Again, allow it to dry completely.
Step 3 - Get in Cracks
Since the driveway is stamped, you want to make sure that you get into every small nook. You can use different size paint brushes to get into the smaller spots that the roller didn't reach. You can also pour some of the stain slowly and then use the brush to spread it out because you can then get into all of the cracks and smaller areas. You can also use a turkey baster to help you get into the smaller areas. You can find one at many grocery stores or even hardware stores most of the time.
Step 4 - Finishing Up
Once everything is done, you will want to make sure that you either check to see what kind of stain you use or buy extra so that you have some for later. When you stain something outdoors, like your driveway, you want to make sure that you are maintaining it with the same or similar stain over the years. First, be sure that you are cleaning or power washing the driveway at least twice a year seriously. Also, be sure that you fix any cracks right away so that they don't get any bigger. Then, every 3 to 5 years you will want to re stain and finish the driveway to be sure that it stays maintained.