How-To Tutorials: How to Apply Newlook Color Stain


Newlook Color Stain system allows you to apply a specific opaque color to your concrete surfaces with minor effort and preparation. If you want to give your old driveway new life, consider the Newlook Color Stain system

Tools and Materials

    An example of tools and materials needed:
  • Pressure Washer w/fan tip
  • Mixer
  • Power Drill
  • 2 buckets (at least 3 gallons)
  • Water source
  • Bristle brush
  • Broom handle
  • One Time Use Applicatiors
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    Before You Begin

    All debris should be removed and pressure washing is required to ensure that your concrete is ready for treatment. Using a 15°-25° tip should do the trick. If applying stain to "slick" concrete (garage, shop floor) it MUST be profiled so the pores are open prior to application.

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    Step 1

    Mixing the Product

    Review the directions carefully regarding the mixing and preparation of the Newlook product. Make sure to follow their three “commandments”

    • Mix the product Right
    • Always agitate from the bottom with application
    • Re-broom the product as it dries

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    Step 2


    Dip the applicator into the bottom of the bucket and mix in a circular motion. Do this EVERY time. Spread the stain onto the concrete. Do not apply additional pressure; simply allow the applicator to do the work for you. Use random stroke directions and work the product in until no pooling remains.

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    Step 3


    In order to maintain color uniformity you will want to brush the same area a few times while it dries. If it is necessary to walk on the damp surface to access remote areas, make sure to broom out your footprints.

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    Step 4


    A second coat is recommended for complete and uniform coverage. Repeat the previous steps for application and re-brooming, using longer strokes to even out the finish. You can test to see if the surface is ready for the second coat by gently scrubbing with a damp rag. If no color comes off on the rag then its ready for the next coat. A general rule is to wait about an hour between coats.

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    Step 5

    Edges and Joints

    Use a bristle brush to cut the edges and stain the joints. Make sure that you re-broom the edges with the large applicator when you are finished in order to maintain overall color consistency.

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    Step 6


    Your Newlook color stain surfacing needs no special maintenance. It can be re-applied as needed to keep you concrete surfaces looking new.

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