How To Strip a Stamped Concrete Sealer 2022  4.9/5 (11)

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This post was most recently updated on January 26th, 2022

Stamped Concrete Sealer Stripper

Strip a Stamped Concrete Sealer

Strip a Stamped Concrete Sealer

Stamped concrete sealers will alter the appearance by giving a wet look and or shine.

Unfortunately, Stamped Concrete Sealers sometimes fail by discoloring and turning milky white or yellow in color and will need to be chemically stripped to fix.

The main ingredient of a Stamped Concrete Sealer Stripper, Methylene Chloride has now been banned for consumer use in the US. The good news is that there are other options that will work. The main difference is a longer dwell time to activate.

Here are the main reasons as to why you will need to strip an old sealer from your Stamped Concrete:

  • A Stamped Concrete Sealers can fail by turning white from moisture trapped under the sealer.
  • The Stamped Concrete Sealers used was a cheap brand causing the acrylic in the sealer to turn white from the sun.
  • A buildup of too many applications of sealer through the years.
  • A chemical reaction from pool chemicals nearby

Stamped Concrete Sealer Turned White

Please follow these steps to ensure success at removing a Stamped Concrete Sealer:

  1. You will need to buy a concrete sealer stripper and use a high powered pressure washer. We use the Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper.
  2. Cover all the house and all delicate shrubs, vegetation, furniture, etc. with plastic sheeting.
  3. Use protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear.
  4. Apply the stripper with a roller. Do small sections at a time. About 100 sq feet.
  5. Wait about 10 minutes after applying the stripper then pressure wash off the old sealer.
  6. Repeat until all the failed paver sealer is removed.

If you plan on resealing the Stamped Concrete, make sure to use a brand that is not prone to turning white in color.

Our favorites Stamped Concrete Sealers are:

Super Seal 25

Super Seal 30

Supreme Shield SB-600 

If you have any questions about stripping a stamped concrete sealer, please ask below.

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Nick
Nick
19 days ago

I have a big problem! Trying to strip my stamped concrete but it’s a huge mess and not coming off. What can I use to resolve this issue? The sealer I used that I’m removing is Gem Cure & Seal.

Carol Jeannotte
Carol Jeannotte
1 month ago

Help. I have this happening and thought if I added more antiquing spray it would fix it but it didn’t. I think I have to strip it all now? Not sure what to do next.

Katy
Katy
1 month ago

Installing pavers around our pool this week… what do you recommend applying to the pavers after the polymeric sand? Thanks!

Rick
Rick
2 months ago

Hi – how long does the xylene need to dwell on the old sealer prior to power washing it off my stamped concrete patio? I’ve used xylene, but it didn’t get the hard to reach spots, but I only let it sit for about a minute before washing it off. Thanks.

Carol lynn Dennis
Carol lynn Dennis
5 days ago

I was told by company of sealer to use Xylene to remove from my stamped concrete that turned milky????

Eric Haggard
Eric Haggard
2 months ago

I have a stamped concrete walkway with grass on both sides. When i powerwash the stripper off will it kill the grass?

Ron Fisher
Ron Fisher
2 months ago

What brand/specifications would you recommend for spraying urethane onto a stamped concrete driveway? Thank!

Robert Hag
Robert Hag
3 months ago

When chemically removing seal from stamped concrete around pool deck, will it harm/damage the pool liner if it splashes it? What is the best way of doing it?

Robert Hag
Robert Hag
3 months ago

Some areas unless you’re washing from inside of the pool it would be very difficult not to get some of the product into the pool as you are washing it sideways. Any suggestions?

Pam Kapnick
Pam Kapnick
3 months ago

Meaning while trying to remove old sealer….

Pam Kapnick
Pam Kapnick
3 months ago

How do you power wash a stamped concrete without removing the color ??

Hank Tobo
Hank Tobo
3 months ago

Do you recommend sand blasting to remove stamped concrete sealer?

Joe Monaco
Joe Monaco
4 months ago

I live in Orchard Park NY. Is there a contractor in my area. Who does stripping of sealer from stamped concrete patio?

Barbara
Barbara
5 months ago

I have a stamped concrete driveway that was installed in June 2015. A water-based sealer was used by the installer. Have had it resealed every 2 years as told, until 2019 when another concrete installer resealed it with a water-based sealer that “I guarantee will last 10 years”. In late February, early March, I noticed a white coloring of the driveway (except where it was under the garage roof overhang) and a white substance that look like a sprinkling of fine grains (like sugar?). There is also an area where what looks like a thin layer of sealer is pealing.… Read more »

Susie Preston
Susie Preston
6 months ago

I have a painted driveway. Will this product work to remove the white cloudiness of the old sealer without harming the original painted surface? All the postings here pertain to stamped concrete areas.

Susie Preston
Susie Preston
6 months ago

What would you suggest be done for a painted driveway with clouded sealer?

Daniela Guzman
Daniela Guzman
7 months ago

We just had this stamp crete patio done. The contractor power washed it and sealed it on the same day. It ended up looking like this. I am not happy with the blotchiness and variation in color. He says it’s the way it’s supposed to look. I would love your opinion and what he could do to rectify it.

Daniela Guzman
Daniela Guzman
7 months ago

Here are some pictures.

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Daniela Guzman
Daniela Guzman
7 months ago

That’s what I thought. I’m going to have to find someone else to do it. He wants to be paid to re-do.

tohome depot
tohome depot
9 months ago

how do i find someone to stip and restain drive way

Jay
Jay
10 months ago

What’s the best way to clean up the stripper, old sealant and water from pressure washing in an area with no drainage? Shop vac?

Mary Piper
Mary Piper
10 months ago

We Sealed our colored stamped concrete this year. We love the shiny look it gives when we seal it. However this year it turned a grayish color like a bunch of us settled in the cracks, how can we remove this? Without messing up the color of the concrete

John Edward
John Edward
10 months ago

How long after power washing my stamped concrete should I let it dry before sealing?

Linda
Linda
1 year ago

Hi-we used a water based sealer on our colored, stamped concrete patio which runs all the way around our home (very large job). Which product would you suggest to remove it? We tried pressure washing to remove sealer (water based) but too time consuming and don’t want to damage. It is a light colored stamped concrete. I would appreciate a suggestion to buy from you that is the least caustic or damaging to our designed concrete patios! Thank you in advance!

Linda
Linda
1 year ago

Hi thanks for response. We used Behr (ugh) Water based sealer and here’s a photo. Would appreciate a product that you find best for this. Approx 10 yards of concrete surrounding house. Thank you!

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Linda
Linda
1 year ago

It is dyed, stamped concrete with Behr Wet Look Sealer-you are correct!

Comella
Comella
1 year ago

How to strip the pea gravel concrete it has a sealer buildip

Mike Karas
Mike Karas
1 year ago

Built pool 10 years ago. Used a solvent based sealer vs acrylic on stamped concrete coping around perimeter of the pool and it turned chalky, blotchy after a couple of years, (prematurely in my opinion) and assuming the pool chemicals the issue. Rather than removing the original sealer I tried applying xylene with a brush, (thinking this procedure would soften the original sealer) and then reapplying additional solvent based sealer hoping it would all melt together and bring back the shine. It Worked!!!… for about another 2 years, ugh!! The reason I think the pool chemicals have something to do… Read more »

Dominick Sorrentino
Dominick Sorrentino
1 year ago

I used Behr wet look sealer on Cambridge pavers, installed about 60 days ago. No rain for past week, but there is white haze remaining on the pavers. Is stripping my only option?

Andrew Wamsley
Andrew Wamsley
1 year ago

I used the Behr Wet-Look to seal my flagstone deck. Just like others it left a white milky haze after it dried. What is the best way to remove it?

Thank you,
Andrew W.

B. Carty
B. Carty
2 years ago

We have about 2600 sq ft of stamped concrete around our house (driveway and patio). It has not been sealed for 20+ years. In the areas that are mostly shaded (under an overhang) the sealant is still present but the rest of the areas that get a lot of direct sun no longer have sealant (or small blotchy areas). I have attached some photos. Do we need to strip the all areas prior to resealing or just the areas that have a sheen/remaining sealants? We live in San Diego so Xylene stripper is not available. What would be the next… Read more »

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Paul Kogler
Paul Kogler
2 years ago

Any experience using biodegradable strippers like Novion or Deco Strip?

Gino
Gino
2 years ago

If I want to strip only a section, will the washed off stripper damage surrounding areas? And can it kill my grass if it gets washed out into?

RTobias
RTobias
2 years ago

We have stamped concrete that has been sealed several times and has changed color and is chipping. We live in 93004 zip code and want to find a contractor to do the work for us. Do you have suggestions?

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

I recently moved into a house that has stamped colored concrete throughout the property when I first moved in they had the sprinklers spraying everywhere I have since I adjusted the sprinklers to only spray the grass.

But my concrete is now left with this etched white look. Should I use the chemical cleaner and pressure wash it? When doing so am I at risk of removing any other color from the color concrete? And once it’s down to the concrete what type of sealer should I use then?

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Steve
Steve
3 years ago

I had a pool renovation done and had my pool boulders repainted and sealed. after I refilled the pool the boulders that are underwater have turned white. What would be the best/easiest fix for that?
I have thought about waiting and let the sealer eventually wear itself off from the constant water action. Anyone have any idea of how long that would take?

Billy G
Billy G
3 years ago

If you strip stamped Concrete Patios will it take out the color? If it does what are the options for re-coloring?

Jason
Jason
3 years ago

Hello. Like a dummy I used a cheap Behr wet-look sealer on my stamped concrete. It had already been stained and sealed, but weathered a little and my plan was to bring back some of the glossy look. Unfortunately, it has left a white milky look on much of the patio. My question is, do I have to strip the sealer off OR can I stain or paint over the top of it and reseal it with a better seal? Will that take the white out?

Eric
Eric
2 years ago
Reply to  Jason

I did the exact samething… using cheap sealer from HomeDepot… never doing this before, I assumed I could go to HomeDepot and they’d direct me in the right direction… wrong. Now I need to spend about 600 bucks to strip and reseal with a solvent based sealer about 800 sq feet. I guess I need to stip the wet look cheap sealer off and then power wash it off.

I striped a few blocks and they look horrible, I’m wondering if Im doing something wrong? Will the stripped concrete look horrible, colorless and blotchy?

Jim Forgrave
Jim Forgrave
2 years ago
Reply to  Eric

I made the same mistake a few years ago. I couldn’t find a product that would strip the old sealer until this year…Xylene. I’m doing it by hand so it’s taking some time, but im just happy it works. Dont get discouraged. I also tested a sample block & it looked horrible. But you have to remember the new solvent based sealer will bring back the color & beauty it once had!

Gary Hargreaves
Gary Hargreaves
3 years ago

I see articles like the above on stripping a stamped concrete sealer and then resealing with a sealer. Then I see other articles about performing a “solvent wash” with Xylene to resolve “concrete cure and seal appearance issues”. When should the solvent was approach be used and when should the sealer be stripped off and then reapplied ? Thanks

Gary Hargreaves
Gary Hargreaves
3 years ago

Thanks, here are some pictures

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Gary Hargreaves
3 years ago

and some more pictures

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