This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
Stamped Concrete Sealer Stripper
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:
- You will need to buy a concrete sealer stripper and use a high powered pressure washer. We use the Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper.
- Cover all the house and all delicate shrubs, vegetation, furniture, etc. with plastic sheeting.
- Use protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear.
- Apply the stripper with a roller. Do small sections at a time. About 100 sq feet.
- Wait about 10 minutes after applying the stripper then pressure wash off the old sealer.
- 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:
If you have any questions about stripping a stamped concrete sealer, please ask below.
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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