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Best Stamped Concrete Sealer

Stamped Concrete Pitting

Stamped Concrete Pitting

What Sealer is Best for Stamped Concrete Patios

Stamped Concrete Patios and Driveways are decorative surfaces that have become popular in the last 10 years or so. These surfaces utilize patterns and different colors to create a dramatic look to your landscaping. As with any exterior concrete surface, Stamped patios need to be maintained on a consistent basis.

Failure to maintain your Stamped Concrete will result in:

  • Color loss and discoloration
  • Pitting of the surface
  • Hairline cracks
  • Exposure to stains from spills

We suggest Solvent Based Acrylic Wet Look Sealers as the best type of sealer for your Stamped Concrete Patio. If possible, find a “Styrene” acrylic sealer as these sealers act as a Cure and Seal while minimizing the chance of a white haze.

Solvent Based Acrylic (Styrene) Sealers

These are durbale but breathable sealers for Stamped Cocnrete. These sealers are typically high in acrylic solids and will darken the surface like  wet with water while leaving a Matte or Gloss sheen. These sealers are less prone to trapping moisture which may lead to the dreaded white haze.

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  1. Richard says:

    I'm in Southern California desert and recently have some 2500 sqft of colored and stamped concrete done in my backyard. Most if not all will be exposed to sunlight at all time. It might worth to mention that the temperature in this region is quite drastic; snowy condition in winter and 100+ during the summer months. We want to seal the concrete but are having trouble picking the right product for the job. Could you please advise? Thanks

  2. Camryn says:

    Hi-
    I live in Minnesota. I would like a wet look, no gloss sealant to enrich the color for our paver driveway and patio. It is about 9 years old. I would also like to seal the manufactured stone front. I've wondered about Super Seal 25 and SB6000. Which would you recommend?

    Thanks!
    Camryn

  3. Dave says:

    I have a 2 year old stamped colored concrete patio that has never been sealed. Would like the darker wet look appearance. I live in in east central Iowa.
    What is recommended?

  4. Rita says:

    I have a stamped pool deck that is five years old. The deck was not sealed until last fall. This spring I noticed white spots all over the deck, and now the sealant is flaking off. I live in Ky where winters can be cold and snowy and summers can be hot and humid. Should I strip the old sealant off and reapply? If so, what should I use to strip and seal? Also the surface was extremely slippery last time the installer sealed the deck. So I guess Shark Grip for that?
    Please Help

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Yes at this point you will need to strip and start over. Use the Concrete Sealer Stripper By Clemons Concrete Coatings. Once removed you should seal with the SuperSeal30 and you can add Shark Grip into the sealer when applying.

  5. Colleen says:

    Hello, I live in Ontario Canada where the winters are brutally cold, lots of snow and ice and summers can get very hot and sunny also. I have stamped concrete stairs to the entrance of my home with an exposed aggregate platform and stamped borders. I had asked the contractor to use a matte sealer and was very disappointed after he used a sealer that was very shiny and extremely slippery when wet. I have allowed the sealer to wear away the past year so that I did not have to use a chemical stripper on it. It's ready to be re-sealed, what type and brand of sealer can I use that will be matte finish and non slippery?

    Thanks for the help!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You have no choice but to strip off the old sealer as adding more sealer on top will not stop it from being slippery. The old sealer does not just disappear after a year. Once removed, look at the Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer for this.

  6. Janell says:

    my cement looks like the one on this page. It has a white haze on it it washes off then comes back after it drys. Anything to clean it off? What sealer would work? It started doing this 3 weeks after job was done

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot clean that off. You will need to strip it all off and start over as the issue is the sealer itself. You would then want a sealer that is not prone to blushing. Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer would be a good option.

  7. Donna says:

    Greetings, I have a 5 yr old stamped concrete, interior radiant heat floor. The floor is badly in need of resealing. I plan to restain with a water based stain first. I am not sure which sealer to buy. I want wet look and something that will last and not have to be redone every year. Any advice will be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much.

  8. Mike says:

    One product I recommend NOT to use is ALLIANCE GATOR. This is the WORST sealers I have seen. Started flaking 3 days after installed. Organization is in Quebec and customer service is HORRIBLE. If you are being pushed this product because of lower price then BEWARE, there is a reason it cost less.

  9. M Meyer says:

    HI,

    I live in NJ and am about to seal my stamped concrete patio and two walkways. They were built four years ago. The patio has a few black spots. I think that is mold that accumulates from a few puddles that sit there and are surrounded by a couple of trees. What is the best way to remove the mold and what type of sealant you would recommend?

    Thank you

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Remove mold with pressure washing and a cleaner solution of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water. Seal with Super seal VOC or Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer.

  10. LOMAS says:

    I live in Boise Idaho. I had a stamped and stained patio poured last fall, but the weather turned before I got a chance to seal it. I love the way it looks now. I do not want the color, sheen or dry look it currently has to change I have found two products online that both claim to not change the color or dry look of the concrete or to be slippery when wet. Both claim to have great protection, last 10+ years, have UV protection, etc., but I do not know of anyone who has tried them. The first is Lithi-Tek9500 by GhostShield and the second is LastiSeal by RadonSeal. Any recommendations?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      We have used neither product. Normally we would use the Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellent.

  11. Cheech says:

    We are in southern Montana (hot summers and cold winters) and have a stamped/colored concrete pool deck that is now almost completely white due to the sealer gone bad or whatever. We will be stripping the pool deck before sealing again, but having trouble figuring out what the best sealing product is to use. I have seen recommendations for Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer and the SuperSeal products. Is there a major difference between these two options that we should consider or will they both do what is needed? Will both of these products mix well with a grip additive? The deck is too slippery as is. Thank you for your help.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      They are both good but only the SuperSeal will mix with the grip additive. I would try that. Make sure you strip all of the old sealer off.

  12. John L says:

    Calgary specific advice helpful.

  13. Mike says:

    The guy who completed my stamp concrete job has since passed away. It has been five years since it was sealed. I need to reseal but am not sure if to us water or solvent based sealers. How can I figure this out and what are the steps I should take to complete his job ? Thank you!

  14. Cindy says:

    Hi, I live in Ohio, obviously frigid winters, hot summers. I have a very large maroon colored stamped concrete patio. It was originally sealed when installed, we purchased house and it was in need of re-sealing. My ex used something (I think something diamond) whatever he did, it got a gray haze over entire patio. I have (over last three years) since used xylene and soy gel to strip off old sealer. I now have a clay colored concrete but needs to be sealed, what would you suggest, I would like matte/semi-gloss look with no slippery surface. Afraid that the gray haze will come back, worked my butt off to remove, (I didn't hear of the sealer stripper til this site and I talked to quite a few people. Please give me your best suggestion, I've worked hard to restore and want to do it right. Thanks!

  15. Larry Peariso says:

    How do you stop bubbling,and if you have bubbling how do you repair it. Larry Peariso

  16. Stacy h says:

    Where can u purchase Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer or SuperSeal VOC paver sealer.

  17. Bill says:

    How often do you need to apply a wet look sealer on stamped concrete.. every year? What is the best wet look sealer that I can use in California. Some are not available here.

  18. steve mas says:

    Does the sealer restore the faded color? What type of sealer for NON-Gloss finish. I do not know whether concrete was sealed with water or acrylic. It there a way to tell.
    Thanks Steve

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Wet look sealers will restore or enhance color. You will get some gloss but you can go matte. Try SuperSeal Matte or Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer.

  19. steve mas says:

    Is there a way to tell whether concrete was sealed with water or acrylic.
    Thanks,
    Steve

  20. Lois Wengler says:

    Our concrete patio looks like the photo above. The installer came out last year and brushed on the color which covered the white spots and we sealed it in the time suggested. it is worse this year, but I think in different spots. We cannot get the concrete company to return our calls. Please suggest a product to restore the color and a sealer. We do not mind to do it ourselves, but do not know what to use.

  21. Mike says:

    I live in CT and am looking for a glossy solvent based sealer for my stamped concrete patio. It was installed 5 years ago and needs to be resealed. Can you give me any suggestions.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      SuperSeal VOC version for CT.

      • John & Pam says:

        MasterKure CC 300 XS (its a BASF "exempt" solvent-based acrylic.)
        Just finished ours. We had same situation and had been sealed before with other sealers, e,g, "Pebble Sheen" etc. Originally never had issues until the EPA or someone banned certain of the solvents. After two years or so, the newer available sealers yellowed and deteriorated in random spots…it was a mess. This time, at the suggestion of a professional concrete contractor we were luck to make contact with (he didn't want the job as he was far too busy but gave us excellent advice) we pre-treated with sprayed xylene to soften the old sealer, and then applied a blend of MasterKure CC 300 XS (3 parts) and Xylene (1) part. Use a Chappin "Extreme" Sprayer for the pre-treatment and another separate one for the blended sealer. Over the last 15 years we had previously applied sealers with rollers, brooms, and air compressor guns. It was always a lot of work and the build-up in the grooves of the stamped concrete got worse and worse and was always a problem no matter how hard we tried to avoid it. This time, the entire process was an absolute breeze. It always took the better part of a day to do either our driveway or pool deck. This time we were done with each in about 2-1/2 hours! As with all sealers, avoid the sun and heat of the day if you don't want to get any bubbles or blistering. It's too early to tell how long and well this application will work but based on what the pro told us, we won't be disappointed. Highly recommend doing what we did if you have colored, stamped concrete that has previously been sealed and you want a nice "wet-look". Try this…you won't be sorry. Good luck.

    • Tom says:

      Hi Mike –

      I like the Glaze 'n Seal product. I purchased it several years ago at Haynes in Oxford.

      Tom

  22. Bob says:

    Our stamped concrete patio around the pool has not been treated for about four years. There is currently no finish on it. Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer is not available here in Virginia but it was recommended that we use a W. R. Meadows product CS-309 – 30 OTC available locally. Are you familiar with this product? Would Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer be a better choice? We could order it online. Also would Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer build up over time and eventually have to be stripped?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Not familiar with that brand so hard to say if the Masonry Saver is better. We do not that it works well and does not build up.

  23. Mike says:

    I am thinking about using a sprayer and backrolling rather than rolling the solvent sealer. As a first timer doing this I would appreciate suggestions on what method you think is easier and more effective. Also, can someone please advise me in how to spray and backroll. Thanks for your help.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You cannot spray and back roll a solvent based sealer very well. It will \”pull\” the sealer and leave strings as it sets up. Best to do one or the other.

      • Mike says:

        What would you recommend to a first timer?

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          Roll. It is fairly easy. Only issue could be is if you just added new \”soft\” sand to joints. If you did then the roller cover can pull the sand out and create an issue.

  24. Cathy says:

    I have a brand new stamped, colored cement patio that has been sealed by contractor, however, it does not have any shine and I'm afraid to use without properly sealed. It was suppose to have sheen they said. When called–no response. Is it possible the new cement soaked in sealant and needs additional coat? If so, what product do I use. (They "lightly" sprayed it on and then rolled it around carefully.) The sides that were sprayed and not rolled have a sheen but not the main section. I hate to use without it being protected properly, plus I really wanted the "shine" to pop the dimensional color used.
    Thank you for your advise.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Without knowing what sealer brand and type they used, it is very difficult to tell you how to fix it. Can you find that out?

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