This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
Acrylic Based Concrete Sealers
In this updated article, we talk about Acrylic Based Concrete Sealers. If you have encountered any issues and have any suggestions or have any questions, please comment below.
Acrylic Based Sealers for Concrete and Paver Bricks
The acrylic-based sealers are known as the “enhancing” sealers. They typically add a gloss or shiny look to the substrate’s surface similar to a “wet look”. These types of sealers can be either water or solvent-based, with the water-based being lower VOC.
Acrylic sealers form a protective film atop the surface to create a barrier against water and stain absorption. They protect against freeze/thaw damage, salts and de-icing chemicals, staining, hot tire marks, and color fading. They make concrete and paver surfaces washable and easier to maintain.
For an acrylic based sealer to work, its particles of acrylic solids are suspended by a liquid carrier, either water or solvent. The carrier then evaporates as it dries leaving the solid acrylic particles on the surface to form the protective film.
Acrylic-based sealers are designed for use on both interior and exterior concrete surfaces. The solvent-based acrylic sealers have a stronger odor than the water-based. Therefore, water-based acrylic sealers are a better choice for spaces like basements, garages, or other low ventilation areas.
For exterior uses, acrylic-based sealers are excellent for stamped concrete, brick pavers, acid stained surfaces, and other decorative concrete or pavers. Another advantage of the acrylic-based sealers is they can be applied over previously treated surfaces. When used over an existing water or solvent-based sealer, there are no adhesion issues.
Acrylic-based sealers are a great choice for enhancing decorative concrete and paver surfaces. The natural colors of the surface are pronounced while a glossy protective finish increases appearance. Use acrylic-based sealers on your hard surfaces to increase curb appeal and to slow the effects of weathering.
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing, concrete sealing, and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior restoration. Scott and his restoration Michigan company have restored over 10,000 projects in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the restoration industry and has contributed to numerous restoration forums and informative sites.
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Can Silicone Acrylic concrete sealer (solvent based) be applied to older brick pavers with xylene coating?
Depends on the brands being used. Best to ask the manufacturers.
Can High solid acrylic sealants be used on natural stone ie: limestone slabs
Probably not. They will not dry evenly. Looks blotchy.