Best Acrylic Concrete Sealers

There are many reasons why an acrylic concrete sealer is the best option.  Acrylic sealers improve the aesthetics of poured concrete, stamped concrete, broom finished concrete, stained concrete and brick pavers. Decorative concrete has become extremely popular across the United States and can be seen used in driveways, patios, pool decks, interior and exterior floors, walkways and more. Foundation Armor acrylic sealers are manufactured with “micro resins” designed to absorb and anchor deep within the concrete to provide maximum protection for all concrete surfaces.

<a href="">Acrylic sealers</a> are available in solvent-based and water-based versions. There are several differences between the two types, such as VOC content, resin quality, life expectancy and most important compatibility (required when reapplying in the future).   

Solvent based acrylics tend to be the best option for exterior and interior applications with a life expectancy of 3-5 years. Solvent acrylics have higher VOC’s as they are manufactured with natural or synthetic oils “Alkyd” which are volatile organic compounds necessary to help the acrylic resin absorb faster and deeper into the concrete surface.  Generally, most solvent based acrylic sealers provide a higher quality finish which will last longer than water based options.  Thinking about the future is very important when selecting an acrylic sealer.  Solvent-based acrylics are very simple to maintain, in several years, just clean the surface, allow to dry and reapply! The solvents in the new sealer are capable of re-emulsifying (softening/repairing) the old sealer and chemically bonding the old sealer with the new sealer for a high-quality finish and extended life expectancy.  


Water-based acrylics are in most cases inferior to solvent-based sealer as they usually only last 1-3 years but they do have benefits including but not limited to; low odor, less flammable, environmentally friendly, easier cleanup, etc.  The largest downside of water-based acrylic sealers is reapplying in the future. When a water-based acrylic sealer reaches the end of its life cycle, there is no simple method to recoating (the old sealer must be removed first before reapplying).


UV Stable acrylics refers to the potential for an acrylic sealer to turn yellow or amber when exposed to UV light.   A high-quality sealer manufactured with “new” resin should never yellow, peel or flake.  There are many “low quality” acrylic sealers that are manufactured with recycled resins.  During the recycling process, there are chemical additives mixed with the resin that will cause yellowing and premature degradation (low-quality sealers require additional UV stabilizing additives to help their life expectancy, but usually don’t work well).  

In some cases, acrylic sealers can create a slippery surface when wet.  It is important to identify your surface and determine if a non-slip additive is required to create a non-skid surface.   

Acrylic concrete sealers are most commonly used for decorative finishes. When shopping between manufacturers, make sure you examine several key points (made in the USA, non-recycled, 25%+ active solids and that it is a pure acrylic).  Acrylic sealers are great for stamped concrete patios, driveways, pool decks, sidewalks, pavers and other cement based surfaces.

Try our ARMOR AR350 wet look solvent-based acrylic sealer that will never peal, flake, chip or yellow.