How to Stamp Concrete - Compete Guide 2023

Written by Ivy

Dec 15 2022

How to Stamp Concrete -  Compete Guide 2023

This guide explains how to create stamped concrete for floors and sidewalks as well as how to apply vertical stamped concrete to walls, facades, and walls.

The first thing you should be aware of is that the application method varies depending on the surface where you want to apply this coating. Though the end results are equally spectacular, the treatment for floors and walls differs in this regard.

How to Stamp Concrete

When starting any DIY stamped concrete project, the first step is to make sure your concrete "canvas" is ready to stamp with your texture of choice.


Take some time to reassess the project's boundaries and make sure the finished product will be exactly where you need it to be before starting any permanent steps. Open any windows, gates, or doors that could potentially pass over newly constructed concrete structures to see if they will continue to do so after your project is finished. Unpleasant surprises after the concrete dries will be avoided by taking this step.

Install Forms

Set up the forms and/or boundaries you'll use to outline the area of your concrete project, making sure the bottom edges are flush or embedded as necessary. In order to achieve consistency and visual harmony for your finished product, make sure to mark guides for any future accent placement.

Install Concrete Reinforcement

You might need an inspection at this point, depending on the size and positioning of your stamped concrete project. To find out if one is required before moving forward, consult your local municipality's rules and regulations.

Start Pouring

Be sure to carefully check the viscosity of your concrete mix before you start pouring to make sure it is appropriate. To adjust the mixture's level, add water, about 5 gallons at a time. This method will guarantee that the final distribution pattern of your concrete stamp texture will look both even and professional.

Level With Rail

Use a rail to maintain uniformity in the height and edges of your poured concrete; this will also aid in the even application of your stamped concrete texture.

Float and Trowel

Apply the Tru Slik spray from Walttools before troweling your concrete. Not only will this step help you achieve a smoother, easier-to-stamp surface in your concrete, it also:

  • reduces the impact of conditions that cause surface moisture to evaporate, such as direct sunlight, strong winds, low humidity, and more.
  • neither harsh solvents nor volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present., making it safer to use, handle, and clean up during your concrete project.
  • encourages a smoother finish without the pressure of a tight deadline, which in turn lowers labor costs and project costs overall.

Important note: At this stage of the project, pay close attention to sun and shade exposure because drying time will affect how consistent your concrete stamping impressions will be. This is particularly true if your work environment has a mixed exposure—for example, some shade and some sun. Any variations should be noted, along with how they affect the dry time, and adjustments should be made.

Stamping tips

  • Before using the tools in concrete if you're using a new stamp pattern for the first time, get some practice in on compacted sand.
  • Repetition of patterns should be avoided, particularly when the patterns are meant to resemble natural materials like slate or stone. A composition that appears random will look much more authentic.
  • Preconditioning, or coating, your stamp mats with some of the release agent will improve the results. Additional bond breaking will result from this, helping to guarantee a clear imprint.
  • Apply a tiny bit of powdered release to the concrete's surface first, then spray liquid release on top of it to create a random antiquing effect. After the surface has been stamped, the liquid dissolves the thin layer of powder to leave soft accents.
  • Make sure the stamp adequately compresses the release agent into the concrete. The desired color won't be left behind if it doesn't wash off the surface.
  • A string line should be used to periodically check the stamps' alignment every few rows. Stamps frequently shift up to 1/4 inch per row, especially on sloped surfaces.
  • You'll have to stamp up against a vertical surface, like a wall or a column, on a lot of jobs. Bend or flex up against these surfaces by using a floppy mat and texturing.
  • Make sure the person moving the stamps is wearing clean, mud- and pebble-free work boots or shoes. These contaminants, as the stamps are lifted, will inevitably land on top of the stamps and fall onto the freshly laid concrete surface.
  • By sawcutting the contraction joints prior to removing the release if you're using a powdered release, you can save time. This enables you to eliminate both the sawdust and release residue in a single action.

How to Stamp Concrete

to Look Like Wood

Clean the Surface

A clean surface should always be the starting point when creating any concrete wood floor.

Clean the area with a sweeper, and then vacuum all the cracks and joints. To remove any loose debris, work a screwdriver or other narrow tool along the cracks.

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Create Your Joint-Filling Mixture

You will need to fill all of your cracks and joints because concrete is a material that needs time to fully settle and form into the space it is poured into. This will give you a smooth, undamaged surface on which to work.

If there is a huge crack running vertically through your horizontal "wood" boards, you cannot make concrete that resembles wood!

Delrailey Designs combines a little bit of quartz powder for strength with 24 ounces of Elite Crete E100-PT4 Gray (but you can use any other fast-set epoxy) to create the joint-filing mixture.

Using a concrete mixer drill attachment, thoroughly combine the two in a bucket.

Fill the Joints and Cracks

Avoid overfilling the joints and cracks when filling them, especially during the initial pass.

Use your bottle to squeeze a tiny amount of the epoxy-quartz mixture into the crack, one tiny section at a time, and then wait a short while for it to set.

In a second pass, fill the crack to the level of the concrete surface (without overflowing) once you notice that it is beginning to film. Go back over the same area.

After filling all of the joints and cracks, give your concrete wood floor a final inspection and fill in any gaps to prevent further problems.

Tape the Exterior

A roll of protective plastic or filmy paper should be taped around the room's exterior with blue tape in order to protect your baseboards and walls. Make sure the roll is flush with the baseboard.

Lay Down the First Section of Concrete

The wooden texture can be achieved using Delrailey Designs' technique with very little equipment and without the use of tape or stamps.

Start by laying a layer of easily spread colored concrete, spreading it roughly with a trowel, working one narrow strip at a time. Don't worry about creating a smooth-as-glass surface; texture and streaks are actually ideal.

Create Wood Grain Streaks With Stain

Water and a dark brown stain should be combined and placed in a squeeze bottle.

Squeeze a few thin lines onto the surface to represent wood streaks, starting at one side of the concrete strip you just applied. Keep the stain lines between 1-2 feet in length, all running in the direction you want your "wood grain" to go.

Following the direction of the streak (also known as the wood grain), scrape over the streaks a few times with a rounded hand trowel, going back and forth.

Spread the stain mixture sparingly. For it to blend into the concrete layer and give the wood a marble-like texture, just a few trowel passes are required.

Complete the Rest of the Floor

In order to reach your work and spread the concrete and streaks as you go, repeat Steps 5 and 6 on the remaining floor.

Always keep in mind the direction you want the "grain" to go.

Score the Concrete

One of the most important considerations when designing a concrete wood floor is the significance of "drying windows." This implies that each step depends significantly on where the concrete is in the drying process.

You must do it during the proper window to manually cut score lines without using a saw.

Wait until the concrete is both dry enough so that you can work on it without scratching or denting it and malleable enough so that you can score it by hand.

Starting on the opposite side of the room, align a sturdy straight-edge ruler parallel to the wall. The width of your first wood board will depend on how far you are from the wall.

Use a metal punch tool to make a scoreline in the concrete while keeping the straight edge firmly in place so that it doesn't move around while you're scoring.

Continue doing this until parallel wood board lines can be seen across the entire floor.

Clean the Surface

Use a vacuum to remove any scoring-related dust before adding your final layer of color. Any loose cement granules should not be encased beneath the stain.

Stain the Surface

Your cement really begins to resemble wood at this point.

Dark brown stain should be applied in a thin, antiquing coat to the entire surface. Depending on the final appearance you want to achieve, you can also experiment with different stain colors.

Delrailey Designs uses a pressure pump sprayer to apply the stain so that it is perfectly smooth and even, with no brush strokes visible.

It's important to evenly coat the entire surface of the floor while avoiding sopping it in water.

In order for any streaks to blend into the texture of the concrete wood floor, when applying stain, spray in the direction of the wood planks while adhering to the woodgrain.

The Finishing Coat

The finishing touches are being added to our concrete wood floor right now. To ensure that it remains vibrant for years, let's lock this bad boy in.

There are a few things you can do after the stain has completely dried.

The floor has a dynamic shine and a smooth texture thanks to the glossy, clear epoxy that Delrailey Designs applied to the entire surface.

It's important to consider all of your topcoat options because a topcoat with a strong shine risked erasing the effect of real wood. You might discover that you like the way a matte or even a semi-gloss finish looks.

Apply a second coat for additional protection once the first coat has completely dried.

The Reveal

Last but not least, after the last layer has had time to dry, take off all of the tape and edging material to reveal your masterpiece!

This technique is a fantastically inexpensive way to make DIY concrete that resembles wood. You will get years and years out of your money because it is an incredibly durable material.

Final Words

Concrete stamping offers a special solution that is simple to use and endures the test of time when you want to add long-lasting beauty and durability to your hardscaping project. Our high-quality concrete stamps are simple to use and reusable, giving you practically endless project options and the ability to continue improving your project for years to come. Every concrete project will be a work of art thanks to the products, accessories, and training that Walttools is proud to provide for concrete stamping and coloration.