Is there any way to enhance footprints in concrete?

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The footprints are hard to see and just blend in to the background. Rarely do they show up as in the picture.

q is there any way to enhance footprints in concrete
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  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 01, 2018

    It seems that glossy finished bring out more detail. Same should apply here. Good luck Gayle!

  • You could try mixing a glaze one part paint (think id use a dark brown here) to three parts poly. Smear it in there with a chip brush then wipe it off. Tape off the area around the prints first so you don't get the glaze around them

  • Jan32065531 Jan32065531 on Oct 01, 2018

    Can you use a thin paint brush and use black or dark brown marine paint.


  • Zale Zale on Oct 02, 2018

    Agree with the sealing. If you want to keep it natural, use a Matt , if you like the the wet look, use a High Gloss. Also, you may have to reseal after the weather conditions take their toll over the years.

    • Mary Mary on Oct 02, 2018

      use paint or permanent maker & outline what you want to have stand out. You can color it in completely also with this method

  • Kelly Denoyer Russell Kelly Denoyer Russell on Oct 02, 2018

    There are cement stains and glazes. Since you don’t need much I’d google DIY cement glaze.

  • Dennis Dennis on Oct 02, 2018

    Tape them off,and etch them with muriatic acid first, then ,paint,stain ,or highlight ,to make them more prominent. I would highlight the edges,then stain over that,then seal with polyurethane,it depends on how much work you want to do.

    Be very careful with the acid,it's dangerous to use,avoid any contact ,or breathing the fumes.I recommend a breather mask,not just the typical hardware store dust filter.

    if your not comfortable with that step, just spray them with a power washer,let them dry thoroughly,then paint.

    An alternitive would be ,leave the footprints alone ,and create a frame around them,by painting the surrounding concrete white. It is more contrast you are trying to achieve,to make the footprints stand out.


  • Wally01 Wally01 on Oct 02, 2018

    You could fill in the prints with small river rocks or landscape pebbles. Use a strong glue to glue them in.