Concrete pavers are a great choice for creating an interesting and durable driveway, or to have steps in your backyard. The bad thing about them is that they are a boring neutral color. If you want to liven up the pavers, you can always dye them a different color. Here are some simple instructions for accomplishing that.
Get the Right Supplies
Start by gathering the tools and materials you need for coloring the concrete pavers. You might have some of these items at home if you are accustomed to home projects, though others you need to pick up from your local hardware store. In order to change the color of your pavers you need
- Mild detergent
- Acid stain
- Scrub brush
- Garden hose
Prepare the Pavers
Whenever you are coloring concrete pavers, you should always clean them first. This allows the coloring process to go smoothly without any uneven areas. Cover the area you will be working outside with tarp to protect the area. It should be outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Lay down all the pavers on the tarp. Add some of your detergent to a bucket of warm water, then dip the scrub brush into the water. This brush should be made of plastic so it doesn't damage the pavers.
Scrub the pavers with the soapy solution to remove dirt, grease, and grime from them. Use the garden hose to rinse them thoroughly and wait for them to dry. When cleaning them, be sure you get all sides of the pavers. Concrete can take a long time to dry, so you might want to leave them overnight to dry completely.
Mix the Acid Stain
While you can paint concrete pavers, acid stain works better because it lasts longer and you won't need to seal the pavers after applying the acid stain. Make sure you are protecting yourself before you prepare the acid stain by wearing your goggles and gloves. You can also choose to wear a respiration mask to avoid inhaling it as well. Follow the instruction on the acid stain bottle to combine it with water. You need to be very careful with your ratios or the mixture won't provide the correct concentration of color.
Finish Coloring the Pavers
Dip your paintbrush into the mixture and start painting the pavers. Start with the top side of the pavers, working with just one paver at a time. When the top is fully covered, paint the sides of the pavers next. Since they will be on the ground, you don't need to paint the bottom sides of them. Let the first coat dry, then apply a second coat. Continue adding coats until you have the concentration of color you are going for. For more information, talk to a residential paving professional.