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Old 09-28-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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We are looking for a reputable but decently-priced concrete stainer. The two areas we want stained are our back patio (roughly 13' 6" x 10') and our front entranceway (cross-shaped, but approximately 9' 4" x 10' 1").

We got an estimate from a local guy that was about 3-4x what we expected to pay; but maybe we underestimated the cost ourselves. As such, we would like to get a idea of what price we should be looking at, and if anyone had a recommended stainer.

Cheers! M2
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Old 09-28-2007, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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you might've underestimated.. I did when I wanted to extend my rear patio. The price for just the labor and cement was quite a bit more than I thought it would be and I also wanted to get some staining and stamping done..
I would like to find someone that could do it though. All the people I had over hadn't heard of it, but figured it couldn't be that hard... no thanks
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Diyallusss, TX
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Here is a site that gives a lot of good information about concrete stains and the process.

I don't think they offer the services, but they have some great calculators and some really good solid information about the process and what to expect....

Concrete Stain - Direct Colors - Concrete Pigment Acid Stains
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:07 PM
 
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Old 09-29-2007, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Have you considered DIY? I did my patio (15 x 16) two summers ago. Used Behr (Home Depot) stain (translucent). This was on broom-finished concrete. I did a two color pattern- center light tan, border (1 foot all around) a darker olive-y color. I then scored it with a circular saw and masonry blade to make a "tile" effect.
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Old 09-29-2007, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Smalltown, USA
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GREAT JOB Pobre. That looks good.

Major... you should try to DIY. Check with Home Depot and see if they are going to offer any classes on concrete staining. We have an outdoor kitchen/bathroom and I did it myself. It is very easy.
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Yeah, I am encouraged by Pobre's work! Very nicely done, and I may decide to save the $1300-1500 we were estimated it would cost and do it myself. That would buy a lot of Jeep mods for sure!

Cheers! M2
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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Yeah, I am encouraged by Pobre's work! Very nicely done, and I may decide to save the $1300-1500 we were estimated it would cost and do it myself. That would buy a lot of Jeep mods for sure!

Cheers! M2
$1300 seems kind of high. The staining materials would probably top out at $100 if you did it yourself. I was going to stain my concrete front porch, but I decided to just paint it instead--I did not want to get the etching acid on my plants! A guy was going through the neighborhood with his pressure washer so I had him clean off my porch for $20, and the next day I painted it. It looks good, if I do say so myself!
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Yeah, I am encouraged by Pobre's work! Very nicely done, and I may decide to save the $1300-1500 we were estimated it would cost and do it myself. That would buy a lot of Jeep mods for sure!

Cheers! M2
TIPS: Do follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter. I power washed with their cleaner, acid etched (their brand) before I did anything. I used a conbination of pads and rollers.

When you put the sealer on, make sure the surface is DRY. Mine had a bit of moisture still, and the sealer shows up in those spots as milky (I can live with it, it's part of the effect.

It was MUCH more work to score it, but that was the main effect I wanted. Total cost for 15' x 16' was around $200, including
stains, supplies, and the masonry blade.
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:55 PM
 
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This is an awesome post. I am planning on doing this over the weekend coming up. If I may ask a question, what is "acid etching"? And what kind of power washer did you use? Are they expensive?
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