Shiny vs Wet Look Paver Sealer, What is the Difference?  4.9/5 (19)

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This post was most recently updated on March 18th, 2021

Shiny Paver Sealer vs Wet Look

In 2021, 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 2021 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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Suzi
Suzi
45 minutes 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 month 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

Adrineh
Adrineh
1 year ago

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

meli
meli
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Cathy
Cathy
1 year 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
2 years ago

can this be used around a pool area/

Rose
Rose
3 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
3 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
3 years ago

It was an Ultra Wet Look Sealer

Dan
Dan
3 years ago

Will gloss sealer reflect sun into your face ?
If so what would be best to seal without so much reflection?

Lynda huckaby
Lynda huckaby
3 years ago

Which looks better longer , wet or matte sealant

Bruce
Bruce
3 years ago

Can a wet look sealer be applied over a silane / siloxane sealer? if so, what is the best?

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