Materials and Tools:
L M Scofield ChemstainB.
L M Scofield Concrete SealerB.
heavy-duty rubber gloves
large rubber stamp
buckets for each color of stain
- Plan your design, keeping in mind that simple is best for a project of this size.
- Cover anything that you don’t want to be stained (e.g., the side of your house or a basement wall) with newspaper.
- Apply a coat of concrete stain to the entire slab with a foam brush. It’s usually best to select a light shade for the background color. Allow the stain to dry. Apply a second coat, if desired. There isn’t much of a color selection in concrete-stain products.
- Select a rubber stamp with a large image design. Apply a coat of sealer (resist) to the rubber stamp with a foam brush. The sealer prevents any additional stains applied to the concrete from penetrating, thus “resisting” the color.
- Stamp the resist on the concrete directly on top of the dried stain. Let dry for about an hour.
- When the sealer is dry, stain the entire slab with a darker stain. Because the stamped impressions will resist the second coat of stain, the stamped images will remain the color of the first stain.
For a geometric design, use masking tape to tape off squares, diamonds, checkerboards, etc., after applying the first stain or on bare concrete. Apply a second color stain, let dry, and remove masking tape.