Best Stamped Concrete Sealer

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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.

Questions on Stamped Concrete Sealers? Please Ask Below

69 Responses to “Best Stamped Concrete Sealer”

  1. Scott says:

    I have read numerous articles on the differences in concrete sealers and have decided on a solvent based acrylic sealer for my stamped concrete pool deck. Can you give me some of the best brands out there and how to get them? Thanks

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Scott, look for SuperSeal 25 or Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer. You can find them online or by calling the manufacturers.

  2. Thomas says:

    I,m pouring a foundation for a house in northern New Mexico Mtn area . This area has a lot of snow and low temp in winter. I will need to have foundations exposed to the winter element will not have time to frame and enclosed foundation through the Winter. What is the best Sealer to protect the foundation from winter exposer. Until it get covered with house.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Thomas, you would want a penetrating water repellent for this. SuperSeal-M would work or Masonry Saver Heavy Duty.

  3. Tom says:

    I'm thinking about stripping the old sealer off before applying new coat. First is that necessary, second what is a good product?

  4. Alex says:

    I recently had my patio stained and sealed (about a month ago and not sure type of sealer used). There is a white haze that seems to wipe off but come back as soon as it dries. There are swirl marks that appear wherever I clean. In other words, its not embedded into the seal. My questions are…what do you suggest to clean it off? What type of sealer is suggested for patio that is moderately exposed to sunlight? Do any of those products give the concrete a nice shine/ shimmer?

    Thank you

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Alex, I do not think it can be cleaned off it sounds to me that it is imbedded and becomes noticeable when wet with water?

    • Cheryl says:

      That happen to our stamped concrete patio. I hate to tell you this but it is moisture that is being trapped between the concrete and the sealer. The installer used the wrong type of sealer and the moisture became trapped. If I washed it it seemed to come off but then it returned . It just kept getting worse and worse. One company sold us a product to try to help open the pores of the sealer to alow the moisture to get out but it didn't work. We needed to have the patio professionally stripped which didn't work without some grinding down of the stamping to get it all off. It was a nightmare!

    • Linda says:

      I'm curious to learn if you solved this problem, as I think I have the same situation.

  5. lori says:

    concern- looking to seal stamped concrete around pool… you recommend WITH styrene product… but am wary as had read that this will cause yellowing… any thoughts??

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Lori, you would want a sealer that contains a non-yellowing additive. You can get this in styrene acrylics. The SuperSeal products all contain this.

  6. WEY says:

    Concerned – purchased Super Seal 25 non-yellowing for stamped concrete painted pavers, 24X24 sections for a garden patio.. Applying it to the finished garden patio. I have read that it is not a VOC compliant product in some states so I read the MSDS further that said it has a chemical Naphthalene in trace amounts in it, that may cause cancer, no confirmed studies yet. Goint to put elevated, raised garden beds on the pavers after I put the Super Seal 25 and let it dry. These garden beds stand about three feet high, have a bottom that is enclosed and is about 18 inches above the patio that holds the soil with a few small holes for drainage, aerating, etc. My question is, will the final cured Super Seal 25 emit dangerous chemical fumes, like Naphthalene, under the raised cedar gardern bed that could affect the vegetables that are growing in the garden beds and as a result be a health hazard – any thoughts? Thx

  7. Rhonda says:

    Gearing up to reveal a stamped concrete pato, but am not happy with some places where planters sat. The color is very faded on those places and I was wondering how I can make these faded areas nearer to the original color before sealing.
    Is this possible? Any ideas?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Rhonda, you would need to apply a sealer that enhances the color similar to if wet with water. Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer or SuperSeal 25.

  8. Dawn Bishp says:

    We have a colored-stamped concrete pool deck. We need to reseal. My husband would like a gloss look and something that enhances the color as it looks darker after the rain, but it is imperative that we add in some kind of grit as to prevent children/adults from slipping once water begins to accumulate in certain spots. I know that there is nothing full-proof, but we know that it helps. Could you please recommned a product and grit additive?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Dawn, Look for the SuperSeal 30 and the Super Grip.

      • jeremy says:

        shark grip from sherwin williams can be put in the sealer and rolled on, nice sealed look with great traction, the additive is a clear silica and sparkles when the sun hits it just right, gives you almost the same grip as a broomed surface, i use it on all my stamped concrete it is a must

  9. Kirk says:

    I am lookimg to acid stain my outdoor patio and then seal it. Would an epoxy other acrylic sealer hold up better to harsh Wisconsin winters?

  10. Cynthia says:

    We live in Utah and have a new patio of colored and stamped concrete. Winters can be somewhat harsh. A portion of it has already been sealed we would like to finish the entire patio and path way but we are not sure what was used on the small portion already done. It is glossy and looks wet we would like it to match the rest of the area.

  11. Matt says:

    I live in Illinois. I want to reseal my 8 year old flagstone stamped concrete patio (no pool). Do you recommend mixing any other product with a Superseal 25? Such as a Shark grip or would you recommend another seal that alone would suffice for the job?

    Thanks!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Matt, you do not need a grip. I would use the SuperSeal25 for this.

      • Eric says:

        I am resealing my stamped concrete driveway but don't want it to be slippery when it is wet (kids ride bikes on it). Is the SuperSeal 25 non-slippery when wet. My wife also doesn't really want a glossy look, is SuperSeal25 a high gloss product?

        Thanks.

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          Eric, SuperSeal25 has a semi-gloss shine. It is not typically slippery but if you have a buildup of coatings it can become slippery. Might want to look at adding some grip into the sealer for traction. SuperSeal also makes a matte shine.

  12. Brenda says:

    I have decorative colored concrete around my pool. It is about 3 years old. We put sealer on at the beginning of the summer and in less than 2 months it is dull and looks dirty. Can you recommend a sealer that will stand up to the sun and pool water?

  13. Mike says:

    have stamped concrete around pool. Sealed for first 2 years but was very slippery even though I added grit (pattern is similar to a natural rock with high and low spots). Any suggestions ? I would like to seal again as it is starting to look a little "shaggy"

  14. Laura says:

    I am going to acid stain a 1000 sq ft art studio. There might be occasional spills of mineral spirits, acetone, or paints. There will also be equipment/furniture moved on rollers occasionally. What would you recommend for the highest gloss, lowest maintenance, and most scratch resistant top coat? The slab is new. How many coats would you suggest and how often must I reapply?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Laura, I would look at the Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer. Many people when working on inside flooring will seal first then maintain with a wax periodically to maintain the look and appearance instead of resealing. It is easier.

  15. Debbie says:

    I had a colored stamped concrete patio put in last year. I was told it should be re-sealed this year. I had this done. The company power washed the patio, dried it with a leave blower then waited about an hour and sealed it. They then waited 20 minutes and applied a second coat. Several hours later multiple large bubbles formed in the sealant. The company was not co-operative with me and finally returned 2 months later to correct the problem. They finished at 10:30am today after drying the patio, scrubbing it with a solvent and rags, immediately applied the sealant and a second coat. They started at 8:30am and were finished by 10:30am. Approximately 1hour later the same large bubbles started forming again. This time you can also see white lines from where it was rolled on. What is causing this? The company is blaming it on the product.
    Thank you,
    Debbie

  16. Luis B says:

    Is a solvent-based sealer ok to use on stamped concrete that was sealed about 2 years ago? The original sealer was a high-gloss water-based sealer. If it's not ok which do you recommend to use?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Luis, hard to say if it will adhere. Most likely the solvent will if it has been a couple of years. Some sites offer samples so you might want to test first.

  17. dorothy says:

    How often should a stamped patio be resealed? What indicators suggest that it is in need of a new coat? We live where there are hot summers and cold snowy winters.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Dorothy, typically you should reseal every 2 years or so.

      • Greg says:

        I had a stamped patio installed 2 – 3 years ago. We intially had trouble with it not curing correctly. The patio is in the sun all day. More than a week after the sealer was put down our furniture still was sticking to it. I have been in contact with the installer and they are telling me not to reseal until almost all of the old sealer hads faded away. They say if you can see some sort of sheen it is okay. It has bene at leats 3 years sinc eit was sealed. How do you know when to reseal? I live in PA. Thanks

        • Concrete Sealer Help says:

          Greg, sealer does not fade away completely. Typically stamped concrete needs to be sealed every 2-3 years. I would look at the Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer for this.

  18. Carole says:

    I have a stamped concrete porch and sidewalk. It has been sealed (with powdered stained mixed in sealant) three times. The last time it was treated was two years ago. The stained has faded unevenly and there are areas where it has just worn off. What should I do to restore the beauty of my porch and sidewalk? Is it something I can do or should I call a professional?

  19. Michele Neloms says:

    We recently sealed our pool deck and now have some dreaded hazing. I know you may have addressed this earlier but I wasn't able to find it but what causes the hazing and how can we correct it?
    Thanks,
    Michele

  20. Catharine says:

    My 1000 sq ft patio is coloured concrete, brushed finish. It was poured 2 years ago, never sealed. It is exposed to the winter snow and summer sun. Best to seal, at this point, or not?

  21. Jason says:

    Have a stamped driveway that looks like stone. It was getting lots of mold on it from overhanging trees. I had a guy come pressure wash it and now that is no dark coloration which makes it look un-natural. It just looks like stamped cement now. Will putting sealer on this make it look like stone again?

  22. Dakri says:

    I just found your site and wished I would have read these reviews a week ago. We used valspar concrete high gloss sealer and this morning it left white streaks or "puddles" where apparently my husband applied too thick. Can you offer any advise on how to fix this?? Thank you in advance.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Dakri, I would ask Valspar as I am not familiar with their sealer. Xylene might work to remove the white areas.

  23. TJ says:

    I just recently put in a stamped/colored concrete patio about a week ago and am looking to seal it with the best product. I live in Utah where the tempetures range from extreme hot to extreme cold. I would like to protect the new surface from cracking and wear (as much as possible), as well as from the elements. Would the SuperSeal 25 or 30 be the best option?

  24. Greg says:

    Hi – Great web site! I am in Southern California and my home has approx 650 sf of stamped & colored concrete that was installed about 8 years ago (and sealed at that time). It has not been resealed since (shame on me!). I do not know if the first application was water or solvent based. I'd be willing to bet it was solvent based since 8 years ago things were much more lax regarding VOC's. Of course now the concrete patio floors are weathered and the sit-wall caps are faded too. There is also some moderate efflorescence in the winter. The original sealer is long gone EXCEPT under the solid patio cover where there is still a bit of sheen in the shaded areas. My questions are: (1) Which one is really the longest lasting: solvent based or water based acrylic topical sealer? I am not a huge fan of something topical that can blister or wear away every few years, so will a penetrating sealer typically last longer? Also. is there a penetrating sealer that is able to slightly darken masonry? I understand how one cannot expect a penetrating sealer to produce a 'wet look' but some restoration of color and maybe a slight sheen would be nice for all the work involved. Finnaly, which type of sealer works best at controlling efflorescence? Thank you very much!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Greg, penetrating sealers do not work on stamped concrete. Nothing stops or controls efflorescence. Try the Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer for this.

  25. Scott in MN says:

    Hello,
    I have a question on a colored, stamped concrete pool deck. The concrete is about 2yrs. old. I resealed the concrete with superseal 25 w/sure grip additive in May of 2013. The wet look was AWESOME when I was done. I put it on relatively thick 1/2" nap roller. Now the concrete looks faded, almost as bad as before sealing it. My pool water is salt water, (not sure if that makes a difference). My question is, 1.) is this normal to have to reseal every spring? 2.) is there a better sealer that I should use? 3.) should I have done more coats with a shorter nap roller? (say, 2 or 3 coats with a 1/4" nap roller? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Soctt in MN, the sealer does not go anywhere but it may have faded from the water and sun uv. I would try restoring the shine by adding a solvent next Spring. This will make it new looking. Try xylene or lacquer thinner for this. Just lightly spray on with a garden type pump sprayer. This will extend the sealer\’s nice look longer. Reseal every 2 years.

  26. Tom says:

    What is the difference between Oil & Solvent based clear sealer?

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Tom, there is not any \”oil\” based concrete coatings that I know of. They are either solvent or water based.

  27. Blake says:

    What type of non-glossy oil based concrete sealer works well for vertical textured concrete?
    (As retailers vary state to state it might be better for me to source it on a weekend from a bigger box retailer.)

  28. Kevinbh says:

    I have Super Seal 30 for my patio stamped concrete. I notice that Super Seal 30 requires just one coat. But I am concerned about adding a non slip additive to it. Normally you need two coats for a non slip additive. I'd like to know your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      Kevinbh, for the grip to work correctly the sealer needs to film on the surface so the grip can reside in the coating. If you apply one coat of the SS30 it may soak in deeply resulting in the grip not being able to work. I believe it would dry on to like a dust. That is why you would need to coats.

    • kevinbh says:

      I would like to point out that the Super Seal lid is very difficult to open. There is a plastic tab which i pulled off. There wasn't a typical screw lid which one would expect when buying something this expensive. I don't want to pry open the entire can when i'm still testing it out. I've never encountered such an unusual lid opening. Based on this alone, I would not recommend this product. Go find one that has a screw off, metal lid and you will be much more satisfied.

      • Concrete Sealer Help says:

        kevinbh, I assume you are talking about the 5 gallon pail? There is a spout with a pull tab and a black \”screw\” closure on the spout. This is a normal lid opening for most 5 gallon pails. There is no such thing as a \”screw lid\” for the entire opening of a metal 5 gallon pail.

  29. jhk49 says:

    I have been tasked by my church to seal a baptismal font. This font had been previously located inside the church …… it is now located outside (south Georgia). It has a pinkish/tannish color to it and appears to be made from concrete. As it is outside, I think it needs to be sealed. I would appreciate any direction on a choice of sealant (brand) as well as direction on the preparation of the surface prior to sealing. Should the sealing be done annually? The finish preferred would be matte or flat. Thanks for your help in advance

    • Concrete Sealer Help says:

      You could try a penetrating sealer such as Masonry Saver Heavy Duty or SuperSeal-M. I would suggest contacting the manufacturers of these two brands to confirm it will work correctly though as we do not have any experience with a baptismal font.

  30. Dave says:

    We have a 3 year old stamped patio that looks great when wet. What sealer should we use to maintain that look and protect the patio from freeze and thaw. We live in Erie, PA so we get plenty of snow and cold.

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