Concrete staining (dyeing) has become a popular inexpensive home improvement project. Extremely cost effective, you can use dyes to change the color of concrete, highlight specific areas or simply create an entirely new look in an area of the house for mere pennies per square foot. Dyeing concrete is easy to do, can be completed over a weekend and doesn't require any special skills to obtain a great-looking result.
Choose the best dye product for your specific application. There are four basic choices: straight dyes, tinted sealers, acrylic stains and acid stains. All are easy to use, but acid stains require more finesse than the others to apply properly. Acid stains are also the most durable, although the others usually last long enough to meet most needs. Finally, all products (except acid stains) are available in water- or solvent-based versions of the compound.
Prepare your concrete to accept the dye by thoroughly cleaning it with concrete cleaner and water. Follow the instructions on the concrete cleaner container so that you get the maximum cleaning power from the cleaner.
Mix the concrete dye according to manufacturer's instructions in a 5-gallon bucket. Always add the dye to the bucket first and add the correct amount of water afterward (this prevents the dye from splashing up accidentally). Wear gloves and eye protection while doing this.
Pour the dye in the pump sprayer and apply the mixture to the concrete. Use consistency in your application. If you are using several colors or shades, allow adequate drying time between applications so that you don't get excessive bleeding when you add the next color.