Shiny vs Wet Look Paver Sealer, What is the Difference?  5/5 (20)

This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023

Shiny Paver Sealer vs Wet Look

In 2023, Concrete Sealer Review continues to remain your number one source for concrete and brick paver sealer professional tips and advice. Below is an updated article for 2023 that discusses the difference between a shiny vs wet look paver sealer. If you have questions or have used a shiny or wet look paver sealer, we want to hear your input! Feel free to leave us a comment with pictures below.


Sealing pavers is an excellent way to enhance and preserve their appearance. There are certain paver sealers that will bring out the natural colors of the pavers while locking out moisture, which will help preserve and increase their longevity. The sealer also helps to solidify the sand joints and can help with weed growth and freeze/thaw damage that may occur in colder climates.

There are several different finishes involved with paver sealers. A matte finish will not alter the appearance of the pavers at all but will still preserve the surface and keep out unwanted moisture. Typically a matte finish sealer is water-based. Besides a matte finish, you can also go for a shiny or wet look. So what is the difference between a shiny vs. wet look paver sealer? There is a slight difference in appearance and also in the formula that makes up either sealer.

A shiny or glossy finish is achieved using a sealer that contains a high percentage of the solid content of the acrylic. This type of finish darkens faded pavers as if they are wet while adding a shiny finish. A shiny sealer can enhance the natural reds and brown tones that are found in common brick pavers. The high solid content of these types of sealers will leave a high-gloss shine depending on the amount of solids. The higher the percentage of solids; the higher the gloss finish. For example, a 25% solid content sealer would be considered a semi-gloss while a 30% solid content sealer would be considered a high gloss.

Here is the difference between a shiny vs. a wet look paver sealer. Most wet look sealers are solvent-based penetrating formulas. Wet look sealers are not designed to add shine. It can be compared to how the pavers would look if they were sprayed with water. In fact, you can mist water on your pavers (as long as they do not have a sealer on them already that would repel the water) to see how they might look with a wet look sealer. They will darken up and appear wet without a shiny or glossy finish. They will continue to appear wet even after the sealer dries.

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Mike C
Mike C
15 days ago

Can these types of sealers be used for Rocks? We would love to give our landscape (1/2inch size rocks) a nice wet look to make their color pop

Mary
Mary
27 days ago

I started sealing with a natural finish. Can I use a shiny or finish over a natural finish?

K M
K M
2 months ago

I have pavers that I need to paint, but we had drainage problems in our backyard that the pavers really helped with. Is there a way to paint them without sealing them?

Natalie Norman
Natalie Norman
3 months ago

I just had my driveway extended and would like to seal the pavers and I like the glossy look but do not want it to be slippery when wet. What sealer is best for a DIY and which is the safest to use for Florida weather. thanks for your input.

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Jake
Jake
3 months ago

Whats the best sealer to use on travertine. Wet look but not shiny. And the ownee does not want it to squeak while driving over. Thank you so much 678 997 0717

Mike B.
Mike B.
3 months ago

Hello, we live in NY and have a cambridge XL bluestone blend patio that we are looking to seal. I am not sure if I want a dry or wet look, which do you recommend and does the sealer make them slippery?

Mike B.
Mike B.
3 months ago

Ok thank you so much!

Liz Ford
Liz Ford
4 months ago

Do you recommend the wet look for stamped concrete? If not, why? Also, is the wet look or matte look better overall?

Liz Ford
Liz Ford
4 months ago

Thank you so much for answering my question!

Chris Taplin
Chris Taplin
4 months ago

Hi there,

We have a large flagstone patio. Although we find variations in color in the stone, it is muted and thus gives a pale, sandstone overall appearance. looking for recommendations to darken the stone adn enhance the color variations in the flagstone. What product do u recommend we consider ? The wife prefers a more satin than glossy look..
. Thanks!

Chris Taplin
Chris Taplin
4 months ago

Thanks Scott… what products may help enhance the variations in color in flagstone?

Chris Taplin
Chris Taplin
4 months ago

Sounds like what you are saying is none? For clarity, we prefer not.to have a wet, glossy look…

christaplion
christaplion
4 months ago

Thanks Scott. What is your experience with GlazeNSeal Enhancer and Sealer? They have a water soluble and film type products. Have you done any testing of those products?

Latonia
Latonia
6 months ago

What would work best on concrete driveway shiny wet or natural I’m having a hard time trying to decide which is best

Debra Heath
Debra Heath
7 months ago

Hello, I used a soy based stripper to remove 25 year old polyurethane off our indoor kitchen split brick floor. I applied the stripper, covered it with plastic sheeting to prevent it from drying too quickly, then when completely dry I used a professional grade floor buffer. Help! On several sections of the floor, I guess I got too aggressive with the buffer and now those bricks are pale in comparison to other sections. Will this error correct itself and bring back the color when I apply a sealer? I ask this because when I wipe the pale bricks with… Read more »

Jus stopping by
Jus stopping by
1 month ago
Reply to  Debra Heath

Looking into brick staining. You might be able to color match the damaged bricks or create a new color for the entire floor.

Bridget Wharton
Bridget Wharton
9 months ago

Hi Scott, we recently had rice white peacock pavers installed in our outdoor kitchen. They looked beautiful! The installer just sealed them and now they are splotchy and shiny in some places – they look horrible. What happened and how do we fix it?

David
David
10 months ago

I just had a full colored bluestone patio installed. I am looking for advice for the best product to use to achieve a more rich wet look…looking for suggested enhancing sealer….

Thanks

David Herchakowski
David Herchakowski
10 months ago

I want to seal the patio… if not a ‘wet look” is there anything you suggest that will bring out more of the color? I don’t mind if it is more of a flat finish or satin

Judy
Judy
11 months ago

We’ve just laid concrete pavers in our backyard. I’d like the enhance the colour of them, like the “wet look” does, but I don’t want to make them slippery in the winter. What’s the best type of sealer to use?

Just because something says it’s a matte finish, does that mean it’s a penetrating sealer that doesn’t leave a film on top of the pavers?

Robert
Robert
1 year ago

New installation 3 months ago. There’s a spa inside an enclosed lanai. Sand was used between the pavers. I’m not sure I want wet satin or a high gloss. The photo shows a damp area. I would like to stabilize the sand joints to prevent mold if possible also.

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Gail Werne
Gail Werne
1 year ago

Stamped red and black colored concrete. Seal yearly does not last. Concrete looks dull and is slippery when wet.
What do you recommend for a glossy look, non slip and longer lasting?
Thank you!

Gail Werne
Gail Werne
1 year ago

Ever clear is product used

Gail Werne
Gail Werne
1 year ago

Photo sent
Thank you

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Gail Werne
Gail Werne
5 months ago

Where can I get Super 30 sealer from?

Gordon
Gordon
1 year ago

Already sealed bricks about a month ago now I want wet look can I apply over what is on the bricks?

Andrew
Andrew
1 year ago

What is best outdoor sealer to give bluestone a gloss look?

Jean Miller
Jean Miller
1 year ago

When I use this product Valspar Protective Sealer on my tile kitchen floor (tile is not sealed) what do I use to wash the floor each week?

Ron Gottlieb
Ron Gottlieb
1 year ago

I recently installed concrete pavers. Various shades of gray. We are constantly visited by ducks that often leave behind their poop. Will sealing help prevent stains? I prefer a matte finish to glossy. Does that make a difference?

Marco
Marco
1 year ago

For concrete pavers, like unilock hollandstone, what’s the best sealer for a very glossy, and specially very color enhancing look?

Juan Sanchez
Juan Sanchez
1 year ago

Hi My name is Juan I need to apply sealer after cleaning and refill up sand but I don’t to know what kind I need to use I want restoration colors bricks only patio thank you.

L. Scott
L. Scott
1 year ago

Hello – our backyard has an inground pool, surrounded by concrete “deck” around the pool and then about 1,500 sq. ft. of pavers. All on the same level. These have been here for 30+ years. In the past few years the pavers and concrete have been getting very dirty over winter, so we’ve had to power wash. But we have to do this every year now. Can we power wash, add polymeric sand and then seal so everything looks fresh and new again? Want the pavers to have enhanced colour and shine. But don’t want slippery. Don’t want to do… Read more »

Tien
Tien
1 year ago

Hello, My paver done 6 year ago and now on my patio have some spot oils. Now I want re sealer. How can I clean oils before seal? And I want wet look and shine? What kind of seal I need ? Please help me.
Thanks

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Teresa Swanson
Teresa Swanson
1 year ago

Hello, I just sealed my pavers with SRW low gloss sealer but am unhappy with the lack of color change. Can I apply the SRW high gloss sealer over this? Will it help me achieve my deeper color change? Thank you.

Teresa
Teresa
1 year ago

Ugh. Thanks for your quick response.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

Good Afternoon!
What do you recommend to clean Techo Bloc Blu concrete pavers?
What do you recommend for a semi gloss sealer?
How long after cleaning before you can apply the sealer?
The patio is about 8 years old and has never been sealed. Will we still get good results?
Thank you!

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Can a solvent base wet look sealer be applied over a solvent base gloss sealer

Janet L
Janet L
1 year ago

I have flagstone in patio and around pool. It is faded and dull. I want a wet look. How can I do this?

Cathleen A Studley
Cathleen A Studley
1 year ago

I am installing man made pavers (Techo Bloc) to my patio and pool area. I want to make it shinny, but I don’t want it to be slippery. Is there such a product that can do this?

Libby MCDowell
Libby MCDowell
1 year ago

My husband bought a sealer that was”satin gloss”. When he sprayed some on the pavers I was not happy with the look. I want a very HIGH gloss look on my paver driveway. Since awe already have the satin gloss product, will it hurt if we go ahead and put a coat on and then use a HIGHB GLOSS sealant afterward? What would you recommend ?

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

The brick coping around our pool is water stained and dull looking. I want to clean it and then put a sealer on that adds shine. Which would be the best products for cleaning and then adding shine?

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

Any alternative suggestions?

Sharon
Sharon
1 year ago

Here are a couple of pictures.

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Sam
Sam
1 year ago

Can i use a semi gloss sealer on the pool coping

Sam Morano
Sam Morano
1 year ago

What do you recommend going with a Natural Look/Clear or a Matte Finish thanks

Geoffrey
Geoffrey
1 year ago

I have a Dark Grey concrete driveway. I live close to the ocean and the color of the concrete has faded. What is the best product to use to bring back the color and wet look to the driveway. Thanks

Kay Williams
Kay Williams
1 year ago

I have bluestone pool coping stones. I have just sealed them but am not happy with the result. I wanted a darker, wet, glossy look. Can I use something else on top to achieve this look

Michele Connors
Michele Connors
1 year ago

This sunroom
is interior room of home need to seal as we have dogs and want to be able
to mop. What do I use to not be too shiny.

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Michele Connors
Michele Connors
1 year ago

Thank you !!

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

Your article is very interesting and helpful. My driveway has brown pavers and we would like a wet look — like you described in the above article “A shiny or glossy finish is achieved using a sealer that contains a high percentage of the solid content of the acrylic. This type of finish darkens faded pavers as if they are wet while adding a shiny finish. A shiny sealer can enhance the natural reds and brown tones that are found in common brick pavers.” What product would you recommend to get this type of finish? 

Suzi
Suzi
1 year ago

I am looking for a wet look/gloss to semi gloss finish water based sealer for pavers. What would you suggest?

Jake Kolander
Jake Kolander
1 year ago

I added cultured stone to my outdoor pillars and love the wet look but read that I should not use a solvent based sealer but one with silane base. I only find that in matte and high gloss, not wet look. I really want the wet look instead. Is there a product you recommend or would a water based acrylic wet look work?

David Venezia
David Venezia
1 year ago

hello, I have concrete paver patios which I’m looking to seal, enhance color and provide shine, BUT I DO NOT like the wet look. I don’t like the darker result. Is there a product for me?

Beth Daniels
Beth Daniels
1 year ago

Will a matte finish sealer on pavers deepen the color of the paver. I don’t want a sheen but would like the color a bit brighter.

Jason C
Jason C
2 years ago

I’m not finding much on sealing brushed concrete. What would you recommend for a good sealer on an outdoor brushed concrete patio that has a water-based stain which gets a lot of sun?

Jason C
Jason C
2 years ago

Right now it is just white brushed concrete that was poured about 3 weeks ago… I’ve decided on water-based stain but haven’t decided yet on the sealer. I want to make sure I have all my supplies on hand when I hit the 30 day cure time so I can stain then seal the next day. But I can add a pic of just the brushed white concrete if that would help.

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Mark
Mark
2 years ago

What is the best sealer to use on integrally colored concrete to give it a wet look? It is a charcoal colored

Mark
Mark
2 years ago

Here is a picture. It is a garage floor and we live in eastern Iowa. It has a sealer on it and will need to be stripped.

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Daryl Melillo
Daryl Melillo
2 years ago

If I put shiny sealer on my pavers if I don’t like the look, can it be removed to put on the matte finish?

Diane
Diane
2 years ago

Is there a sealer finish that will not be especially slippery when wet?

Adrineh
Adrineh
2 years ago

My pavers is brand new I don’t like glossy color do you recommend Matt sealer is it non- yellow

meli
meli
2 years ago

Hi!

I acid stained my concrete with three different colors, and it looks so much better when it’s wet! I bought an acrylic waterbased glossy sealer that I thought would give it that dark wet look, but it merely just adds shine to it and maybe darkens it super faintly. I’ve only tested a small area and I’m wondering if it’s just my concrete or if there’s a product I can use to give it that specific tone that it has when it’s wet.

Sandy Susan
Sandy Susan
3 years ago

My pavers were cleaned and before the powerwashing they were dark. Now they are light. They were never shiny. Did I probably have ‘wet-look’ sealer applied 20 years ago? Underneath a bay window the pavers are still a darker color, so I’m guessing all the old sealer didn’t get sprayed off with the washing. Sand was applied, but they weren’t sealed last week. Now I’ve got a sand mess and need to finish the job myself. I was told I didn’t need sealer if I used a specific type of sand. That was incorrect. Anyhow with Eagle wet-look, should I… Read more »

stephen pacheco
stephen pacheco
3 years ago

What products would you recommend to achieve the best shinny look.

Cathy
Cathy
3 years ago

I live in Florida and my pavers get too hot to walk on. Are there any sealers that help to keep the pavers cool?

Amanda
Amanda
4 years ago

can this be used around a pool area/

Rose
Rose
5 years ago

We had a landscaper seal our pavers for a darker look with a nice sheen. When it was done, it looked all splotchy & streaked, not at all the way we anticipated. When we contacted the LS, he came to strip it, but when he was done & it dries it looks exactly how it did before he stripped it. Please help. Our pavers look dirty like leaves were laying on them all winter. Is there anything we could do to get the look we want or are the pavers ruined now?

Jack Wilburn
Jack Wilburn
5 years ago

We have already sealed pavers on a driveway. This did not darken the pavers at all but merely sealed. We and the customer are disappointed. Is there anything we can put on top of the already sealed pavers to darken them? It’s probably too late but I need to ask

Jack Wilburn
Jack Wilburn
5 years ago

It was an Ultra Wet Look Sealer

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