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STAIN CONCRETE BLOCK WALLS

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to improve a converted garage or basement is by staining its concrete block walls. We prefer concrete stain to paint because it's designed for the rough surface of dry concrete walls; it seals and protects the surface while adding color. Staining is a multi-step process that begins with cleaning and deglossing, followed by etching and priming so the final topcoat of stain can penetrate the concrete and provide lasting protection. - It's a labor-intensive job, so it's good for a handy homeowner. A painting contractor will charge $404 to clean, prepare and stain 1,200 square feet of concrete walls (or about a 25- by 50-foot area with 8-foot-high walls). You can do the job for $95 - the cost of the materials - and save 76 percent. Since drying time is required between applications, a homeowner can plan the job and schedule the phases. - You'll find concrete cleaners, etchers, primers and stain sold at paint retailers and in the paint department of home centers. Follow the application directions carefully. Before you can begin, you'll need to clean out the basement so you can find the walls - clearly the most difficult part of this project.

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Pro cost DIY cost Pro hours DIY hours DIY savings Percent saved
$404 $95 5.6 8.5 $309 76%
Source: Tribune Media Services

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