Best Wet Look Paver Sealers

When it comes to choosing a wet look paver sealer, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Are your pavers currently sealed?
  2. Do you want a low gloss or high gloss finish?

If your pavers are currently sealed, you want to make sure the sealer you are recoating with is compatable with the sealer currently down. For example:

  • If you used a silane siloxane water repellent and want a wet look finish, you want to consider applying a solvent based acrylic. Silane Siloxane sealers are water repellents and will repel both water based sealers and coatings. Solvent based sealers will have an easier time penetrating the surface. It is always suggested to first apply the wet look sealer to a test area to verify compatability.
  • If you used a water based acrylic then you want to recoat with a water based acrylic. The problem however with water based acrylics is that they don't contain resins that darken the surface. While water based acrylics will help to achieve a low to high gloss finish, they will not give the pavers the appearance of being wet.
  • If you used a solvent based acrylic then you want to recoat with a solvent based acrylic. After 1-2 coats are applied, a consistant wet look finish should be achieved.

If your pavers are not sealed, then you want to seal them with a solvent based acrylic to achieve a wet look finish. There are two sealers that can be used:

  • Armor AR350: Wet look sealer with a low gloss finish.
  • Armor AR500: Wet look sealer with a high gloss finish.

The above sealers are designed to darken the surface of the pavers, making them look wet, and enhance them with a low to high gloss finish. Pavers are very porous so in order to truely achieve a wet look, follow these steps:Acrylic Wet Look Sealer

Step 1: Clean the paver surface and allow it to try completely for at least 24-48 hours. Pavers are very porous and can hold on to water in the pores. Acryilc sealers are sensitive to water so it is important to make sure the pavers are dry.

Step 2: Apply the first coat of the acrylic sealer and allow to dry for 12-24 hours. This will allow the first coat to harden and cure so that the second coat is anbsorbed into the pores as much as the first coat. You may notice at this point that not much darkening has occured, or there is inconsistance in the level of gloss. If this happens, it is normal and will be corrected with the second coat. After 12-24 hours, apply the second coat and let dry. You should notice a consistant wet look and gloss fnish. In some cases, a 3rd coat may be required if not enough material was applied. It is important not to over apply an acrylic however to avoid blushing or white spots.

Step 3: If during the curing process white spots or bubbles appear, then can quickly and easily be repaired with Xylene or a blush repair product. While this is rare, it can happen if too much acrylic was applied, or if moisture was present during the time of install.

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