Solvent-Based Sealers

stampsheen sealer on stamped concreteSolvent-based, acrylic sealers have been around for decades. They have become the workhorse for exposed aggregate, stamped concrete, and brick paver installations. Most decorative concrete projects are not finished without the proper sealer applied. The solvent-based sealers will enhance, darken, and add depth to a surface. Beyond the aesthetics achieved, solvent-based acrylic sealers will protect your beautiful decorative concrete or stone surface. Walttools Stampsheen and Cure Seal lines are the best performers in this concrete sealer class and come at a great value. Not all acrylic sealers are equal. Acrylic is a general term to used to describe a wide range of specific plastics. Some acrylics don’t last as long and many sealers that are labeled acrylic copolymer are actually a type of acrylic with styrene. Styrenated acrylics can yellow and degrade much quicker. From the thousands of acrylic subspecies, we have selected the most durable and practical resins. We are in constant pursuit of excellence with our concrete sealer formulations and quality control program. High-quality, domestic raw materials with a tight COA are all we use to bring you the best. Beyond the formulations and raw materials, the diligent and dedicated people at Walttools make it happen. Thousands of professionals have used these concrete sealer lines with success for over ten years. They have been used on stamped concrete driveways, stamped concrete patios and porches, exposed aggregate, garages, interior concrete floors, countertops, pool decks, acid stained floors, overlays and microtoppings, brick pavers, and natural stone or slate.

Make sure the sealer you select is compatible (a similar solvent sealer) to the existing sealer and/or do a test area prior to sealing the entire area.

Most acrylics will be fairly glossy. If you want to reduce the gloss,you can use W Matte added in to the sealer before applying. Also, acrylic sealers tend to be slippery, especially when wet, so be sure to have Tru Grip on hand to add into the sealer for reduction of slip issues.

Most sealer difficulties can be avoided by following some basic guidelines on how to use a concrete sealer.

  • Do not apply sealer over damp or wet concrete
  • Don’t apply thick coats of concrete sealer . The concrete can’t “breath” and can lead to bubbles, blisters, delamination or failure to harden.
  • Don’t apply additional coats of concrete sealant to early, or if additional coats are not needed. (Most concrete sealers don’t need more then two coats initially, and only need one for maintenance.)
  • Don’t seal over failing concrete sealer or paint – remove any loose or discolored material first.
  • Don't seal when its too hot. Many sealer failures are the result of high moisture in the slab or application temperatures exceeding 88 deg F. It can result in blistering or penetration/bonding and other problems.
  • Ensure the surface is clean, free of debris, grease, and oil, and most importantly, free of moisture.
  • Acid etch smooth or hard trowled (closed) surfaces.
  • Apply and reapply solvent concrete sealer in thin coats.
  • Inspect previous sealer applications for whiteness, cracking, peeling, or general degradation, and remove problem areas before coating with Stampsheen or CureSeal products.

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