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  1. Do-It-Yourself Paver Sealers

    Sealing your pavers doesn't have to be an expensive or time consuming project. In fact, most pavers can easily be sealed in less than an hour with a bottle of sealer and a garden sprayer! In this article we are going to show you how you can quickly and easily seal your outdoor pavers.

    The easiest, and most cost effective, sealer to apply to pavers is a water repellent sealer, like the Armor SX5000 WB. Designed for unsealed pavers, it will penetrate into the pores and chemically react to form a hydrophobic barrier within the pores. It won't change the look or color of the pavers, and it won't leave a surface film. It protects the pavers by reducing water absorption by up to 95%. By reducing water absorption, damage and deterioration caused by water absorption is also reduced. Mold and mildew growth, cracking and spalling, and staining will all be reduces as a result of the pavers being sealed with a water repellent sealer. Another great feature of the Armor SX5000 WB is how easy

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  2. Getting Your Pool Deck Ready for Spring

    With Spring just around the corner, it is time to starting thinking about sealing your pool deck! Sealing your concrete or pavers will make sure your pool deck is protected against damage and deterioration caused by water absorption and surface abrasion. 

    Why should I seal my pool deck? Water, salt, and chlorine can be very damaging to your concrete and pavers. They cause cracking, spalling, pitting, and staining. Hard rains, high winds, and even foot traffic will slowly eat away at the surface of your pool deck. If left unsealed, you will find your pool deck is harder to clean, harder to maintain, and will start to show signs of deterioration. There are many benefits to sealing your concrete or paver pool deck, including:

    • Sealers can help to reduce damage, deterioration, and staining caused by water absorption and surface abrasion.
    • Sealers can help to reduce the growth of mold and mildew and the surface, and make it easier to clean
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  3. Concrete Sealer Buying Guide 2022

    With so many concrete sealers on the market, it can be hard to figure out which sealer is the best sealer for your concrete application. To help make that decision easier, we wanted to put together a concrete sealer buying guide to help you make the best decision for your concrete project.

    Before choosing the best sealer, you need to evaluate what you currently have down. If your concrete is sealed, it may have an impact on what you can reseal your concrete with. Here are some of the most common types of concrete sealers, and what you can use to reseal them with:

    • Concrete Densifier: Concrete densifiers work entirely below the surface. They won't leave a film or coating, and they don't offer any beading characteristics. For that reason, just about any sealer can be applied to concrete previously sealed with a concrete densifier so long as it has been at least
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  4. What is a wet look sealer?

    What is a wet look sealer? That is a great question, and unfortunatly the answer will vary from one manufacturer to the next. For this reason, it is always suggested to thoroughly read product descriptions, and try products on a test area, before purchasing in bulk, or applying to your concrete and pavers.

    We define a wet look sealer as a sealer darkens the surface to give it a similiar appearance to being wet. Gloss aside, wet look sealers are designed to enhance concrete and paver surfaces by darkening the natural color of the substrate. If you like the look or your concrete or pavers after they have been wet with water, you will love how a wet look sealer transforms them!

    Foundation Armor manufactures a few different wet look sealers:

    • Armor AR350: The Armor AR350 will darken the color of the concrete and pavers, and enhance with a low gloss finish. 
    • Armor AR500: The Armor AR500 will darken the color of the concrete and pavers, and
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  5. How to Enhance Dull and Faded Pavers

    With Spring right around the corner, now is a great time to start thinking about which sealer you want to use for your pavers. Whether you are looking to seal your paver patio, driveway, or walkway, there are a few great sealer options, depending on what you are looking for. 

    If you love the look of your unsealed pavers, and don't want to change the look or color, a penetrating sealer is the best sealer to use. Penetrating sealers, like the Armor SX5000 WB, are designed to work entirely below the surface without changing the look or color of your pavers. Sealing your pavers with a penetrating sealer will help to increase the life of your pavers by reducing damage and deterioration caused by water absorption. 

    Penetrating sealers are great for protecting your pavers without enhancing them, but if you are looking to enhance your pavers, old or new, then what you really want is an acrylic sealer. Acrylic sealers are designed to enhance your pavers. While they do penetrate

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  6. How To Reseal Stamped Concrete

    How to Reseal Stamped Concrete

    How you reseal stamped concrete will depend on the type of concrete sealer currently down, and what you want the stamped concrete to look like once sealed.

    Best Practice Tips For Reapplying A Concrete Sealer On Stamped Concrete

    Water Based Acrylic Sealer: If the stamped concrete is currently sealed with a water based acrylic sealer, it is best practice to maintain the surface by reapplying with only a water-based concrete sealer.  You can't apply a solvent based acrylic sealer over a water based acrylic sealer because the solvents will chemically react and attack the water based product, resulting in coating failure. The only way a solvent based acrylic sealer can be applied to stamped concrete previously sealed with a water based acrylic is if the water based acrylic sealer has been completely removed.  Water based acrylics will provide a low to high gloss finish without enhancing or darkening the color of the concrete. 

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  7. Best Time To Apply Concrete Sealer

    While it is always best to follow a manufacturer's suggestions for when and how to apply a concrete sealer, we have found the best time to apply most concrete sealers is in the late afternoon or early evening.  During the late afternoon, any moisture present from condensation or morning dew will have evaporated off during the day.  Also, both the surface temperature and air temperature are declining, creating a more favorable environment for concrete sealers to properly absorb and bond to the substrate.  Applying concrete sealers in the late afternoon helps to avoid such issues as; solvent bubbles, premature evaporation, discoloration, and blushing. 

     

    Here are a few other frequently asked questions about sealer application:

     

    1. Why isn't is suggested to apply a concrete sealer in the morning? Most people assume morning is the best time to apply a concrete sealer, but that isn't always the case. In many parts of the country,

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  8. Armor AR350 and Armor AR500 Acrylic Concrete Sealer Comparison

    What is the difference between the Armor AR350 and Armor AR500 wet look concrete sealers, and which wet look concrete sealer is better?

    That is a very common question, and the answer is quite simple. The Armor AR350 and Armor AR500 are both pure acrylic lacquer sealers that darken the surface of concrete and pavers to make them look wet. They offer the same benefits in terms of life and performance, but where they differ is their level of gloss. The Armor AR350 is a low gloss sealer and the Armor AR500 is a high gloss sealer. 

    If you want a light sheen, then the Armor AR350 is the best wet look sealer for your application. If you want a high gloss, then you want the Armor AR500.

    For phtos of each, please refer to the listings:

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  9. Best Temperature to Apply a Concrete Sealer

    The best temperature to apply a concrete sealer is 45-85 degrees Fahrenheit. The air temperature is not the only factor to consider when applying a concrete sealer. Other factors include the temperature of the concrete and the time of the day. 

     

    Air Temperature: In a perfect world, concrete sealers should be applied when the outside temperatures is within 50-80 Applying Sealer to Concretedegrees Fahrenheit. While this temperature range isn't always achievable depending on the time of year and where you are located, there are some safe and manageable work-arounds. Temperature will manipulate how fast or slow a product cures, and how well it is able to cure. If you apply a product outside of the temperature guidelines in the morning or mid-day, it may result in discoloration,

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  10. Best Solutions for Fixing Slippery Concrete

    Concrete can be very slippery when wet, especially if the surface of the concrete is smooth troweled, polished, or dense. There are a few different things that can be done to help make the concrete more slip resistant:

    1. You can apply slip resistant pads or grip tape to various areas of the concrete to help provide more slip resistance. Slip Slip Resistant Concrete Sealersresistant tape is cost effective and easy to apply. 
    2. You can apply
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