Rubber Stamping Concrete Patios

Transform your concrete patio from dull to delightful by rubber stamping it.
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Materials and Tools:

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L M Scofield ChemstainB.
L M Scofield Concrete SealerB.
heavy-duty rubber gloves
bristle brush
large rubber stamp
masking tape
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buckets for each color of stain
foam brushes

Steps:

  1. Plan your design, keeping in mind that simple is best for a project of this size.
  2. Cover anything that you don't want to be stained (e.g., the side of your house or a basement wall) with newspaper.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Stamp the resist on the concrete directly on top of the dried stain. Let dry for about an hour.
  6. 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.

Variations

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.

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