QUESTIONCan Sandstone be Stained a different color - I am renovating an older home... client does not like the pink tone sandstone fireplace... is it possible to stain successfully... It does not appear to have ever been sealed. Thank you.
ANSWERANSWER - Not all sandstone has the same physical properties. Some are very porous and others are very dense. The porous stones would be more susceptible to staining if they aren't sealed.
There is no standard for staining sandstone. Some sealer manufacturers sell enhancers that give the stone more of a dark rich look. If the stone is porous enough it should accept a stain and then should be sealed afterwards, unless the stain is also a sealer. The only way to know how well it will work is to experiment and see if you are satisfied with the results. Check out our list of sealer manufacturers with links to their website for sealers and stains at our website www.CTaSC.com under the Expert Answer's Resources section. Good luck.