This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
Update for 2023 – Adding Non-Slip Additive to Paver Sealers
Concrete Sealer Review is back in 2023 with the latest tips and trends for your concrete and brick paver sealers. Some pavers can become slippery when they are wet, like on pool decks. In this updated article, we tell you the best way to add a non-slip component to paver sealers to make your surfaces safe. If you have any suggestions for the best way to add a non-slip additive to paver sealers or have any questions, please comment below.
Some paver sealers can create a “slippery when wet” scenario. This is more evident with the high gloss or wet look type of paver sealers. You can create more traction to a sealer by adding a non-slip additive to the paver sealer before it is applied. The non-slip additive is mixed into the sealer prior to the application.
Non-slip additives like Super Grip will only work with sealers that leave a film on the paver surface to enhance the appearance. It works best when it is mixed in and applied with the second coat. It will not work with a single coat on surfaces that have not been previously sealed. Non-slip additives will not work with sealers that penetrate into the paver surface and do not alter the appearance.
When adding a non-slip additive to paver sealers correctly, will help with traction where it was previously an issue. The sand-like product creates a gripping texture that helps grab objects and keeps them from slipping. But in order to perform as expected, it must be used in a two-coat application. Otherwise, it may not lock in correctly and will fail to perform as expected.
Adding non-slip additive to paver sealers works great on pool decks where traction is a problem due to constant wet conditions. It can also be used in sealers for concrete. It can eliminate slippery surfaces and increase traction on brick pavers or concrete patios, walkways, pool decks, porches, and driveways. Once the sealer cures, the non-slip additive is locked in and will remain a part of the surface until the sealer wears off. Paver sealer that has had non-slip additive mixed in is normally best applied using a roller. The additive can cause pump sprayers to clog. Rolling on the sealer with a non-slip additive will ensure an even dispersing of the grip product in the sealer.
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My stamped concrete patio was sealed with a wet look sealer. It is very slippery when wet and is unsafe for me.
The installer wants to correct this by applying another coat of sealer with grit.
No grit was added to the first coat which was put on a month ago.
Would this be an acceptable solution? I didn’t know if it would bond to the sealer correctly or if the original coat of sealer would need to be stripped off first.
It should be fine.
I recently had my stamped concrete pool area sealed and it is very slippery. The contractor has sprayed a lot of Xylene after the fact to get rid of bubbles, but it appears that the “grit” wasn’t evenly spread. What can I do to get rid of areas of excess grit without making the surface more slippery? He is scheduled to come back and spray 4 more gallons of Xylene, bringing the total gallons of Xylene to 9. Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
You would have to strip it all off and start over this fix this.
Can I put a 2nd coat of the non skid additive sealer over the first coat, I still have some slippery spots?
what non slip additive could i use with hi lite sealer (enviroex) which is a semi penetrating sealant which has been suggested as the best sealer to use on adbri pavers .
Never heard of this sealer brand so not sure if an additive will work or not. If you decide to use this sealer, best to ask them if an additive can be used or not.
We built a pool and have discovered just how slippery our patio can be. It is still in really good shape, and does not need to be resealed or maintained in any way. Can I just clean the patio and roll on another coat of sealer with no slip additives?
Depends on what type of sealer you have or will be using? Also your concrete surface type?
I bought Clemons Concrete Coatings SuperSealMatte 1x 5Gallon Pail. What anti slip additive do you recommend & how much should be added & when?
Your article references Slip grip but couldn’t find it online.
Super Grip by Clemons will work.