Acrylic based paver sealers are formulated to seal and protect concrete and brick pavers leaving a wet look high gloss finish. They can be applied to previously coated or bare surfaces. Many of the acrylic based paver sealers are sold at local hardware and big box stores and paint outlets. Doing some research on acrylic based paver sealer leaves quit a bit of concern. When tested these products performed less than expected and some even made the surface look worse than it did prior to application.
One of the problems reported by homeowners using acrylic based paver sealers is an overall lack of gloss. These product are marketed to leave a beautiful “wet look” glossy finish but in most cases, even after applying 2 coats the finish was a matte sheen at best. Many customers leaving reviews report mostly a lack of that deep rich look they were hoping for. Joint sand hardening is average but nowhere near the solidity a quality solvent based paver sealer will provide.
Another issue that was common across the board was an unsightly appearance. There are many complaints of a white haze. Some were seeing it after application and throughout the life of the sealer and others reported a white milky haze appearing later on. Acrylic based paver sealer manufacturers say it can leave a milky white haze if the sealer is over applied but users claimed seeing a haze even when it was not heavily applied.
Acrylic based paver sealers also do not seem to hold up as well as other paver sealers. Only after a couple of years it seems common that the sealer is faded and dulled to a lighter shade. These paver sealers also seem prone to mold and algae as these contaminants have been documented growing on top of the sealer and in between the sand joints. In some instances the acrylic based paver sealer had to be stripped off completely to restore the original appearance of the pavers to satisfy the customer. Largely we do not like what we are hearing or what we have tested ourselves. Just a poor overall sealer with too many issues.
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