Concrete fades from exposure to UV rays, surface abrasion, foot and vehicle traffic, and age. In some cases, the concrete will need to be recolored, but in most cases, the use of a high quality sealer will instantly renew any dull and faded coloring. 

Best Concrete Sealers for Dull and Faded Concrete

The Armor AR350 and the Armor AR500 will darken the surface of the concrete to make it look wet, darkening any dull and faded coloring. They will also help to enhance the surface with a low gloss (AR350) to high gloss (AR500) finish. The photo below is of an 8-year-old stamped concrete patio that had lost most of its coloring. The AR350 darkened the surface of the stamped concrete to make it look wet. If you like the look of your concrete when wet, then you will love what the AR350 or AR500 does to your concrete. 

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Before and After Wet Look Sealer Photo

 

Bringing The Color Out In Concrete

Penetrating sealers won't change the look or color of the concrete, therefore should not be used to darken the surface. Penetrating sealers like the Armor SX5000 and Armor SX5000 WB are designed to protect the concrete without changing the look or color, and without leaving a visible surface film. While in some cases the SX5000 or SX5000 WB can darken the surface every so slightly, it should not be used as a wet look sealer because it isn't common. Acrylic sealers are the best concrete sealers to use to darken the surface and bring out dull and faded coloring, but not all acrylic sealers will darken the surface. The Armor AR350 and Armor AR500, and even the Armor AX25, contain resins designed to darken the surface of the concrete. Water based acrylic sealers, like the Armor WB15 and Armor WB25, will enhance with a gloss, but they won't darken the surface and they won't enhance the color.

Here are a few common questions about colored concrete:

1. Should I apply a colored or tinted sealer? If you apply the Armor AR350 or Armor AR500 in a color, it will cover the concrete like a paint would. You won't be able to see the color of the concrete below. If you simply want to darken the surface, you want to apply the Armor AR350 or Armor AR500 in clear.

2. Should I color the concrete before applying a sealer? You can color your concrete at anytime if you want to change the color of the concrete, but make sure the color option you choose is compatable with the sealer you apply to the surface. 

3. What if I am still not sure? If you like what your concrete looks like when wet, you will like the Armor AR350 or AR500 in clear. If you still aren't sure, start with a sample and apply it to a small area to see if you like the look of the concrete once sealed.

4. What if my concrete isn't gray? The AR350 and AR500 will enahnce the color of the concrete. If the concrete has reds and blues, those colors will be enhanced. If the concrete is gray, those colors will be enhanced. These products will make the concrete look wet, so if you like the look of your concrete when wet, you will like the look of it sealed. 

The Armor AR350 and Armor AR500 are very easy products to apply. Make sure the concrete has been allowed at least 24 hours to dry aftering being wet, then apply one coat with a roller or sprayer. Wait 24 hours and repeat with a second coat. If the concrete has an old sealer on the surface, you want to make sure the AR350 and AR500 is compatable with the old sealer. If the old sealer was a solvent based acrylic sealer, there should be no issues. If the old sealer was water based or latex based, you want to contact a Foundation Armor technician to go over required steps.