Cost to Stain Concrete Block Walls – 2021

| Last Updated: November 29, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 1480

$ 500

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 75% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Stain Concrete Block Walls noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to stain concrete block walls? The contractor cost to stain basement concrete block walls is $1480 compared with doing it yourself for $500 and saving 66 percent. 

If you use the word “dungeon” to describe your basement, consider giving it a facelift –starting with the walls. You’ll be amazed at how easily a fresh coat of stain or paint will transform the space.

We suggest concrete stain instead of paint for the rough surface of dry concrete walls because it not only adds color but seals and protects the surface. Staining is a multi-part process that begins with cleaning and de-glossing, followed by etching and priming so that the final topcoat of stain can penetrate the concrete and provide lasting protection.

This multi-task project is labor intensive so it’s a good one for a handy homeowner.

A painting contractor will charge $1480 to clean, prepare and stain 500 square-feet of concrete wall. This includes labor and material. You can do the job for $500, the cost of the materials, and save 66 percent. Since there is drying time required in-between applications, a homeowner can plan the job and schedule the various phases and applications.

To find out if any masonry surface is clean enough to paint, use this simple test. Put a strip of masking tape on the surface and then peel it off. It’s clean enough to paint if the tape has stuck and doesn’t peel up immediately. It’s still dirty and requires cleaning (before painting) if the masking tape can be pulled up easily and has paint chips or dirt stuck to it.

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.

You may also want to shop for and invest in a paint sprayer to make the job easier while achieving a more even finish. An airless type would be your best option in this scenario.

Before you can begin, however, there’s the job of cleaning out the basement so you can find the walls, clearly the most difficult part of this project.

HouseLogic has this advice Simple 5-Step Guide to Concrete Painting.

Now you know the average cost to paint concrete block walls, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor.

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.