Solvent based acrylic sealers are the easiest type of acrylic sealer to apply and maintain. They are often applied with a roller or sprayer, and recoat is done every 2-5 years.

How to Apply a Solvent Based Acrylic Sealer

The video below goes over how to apply a solvent based acrylic sealer. For a wet look, you want the Armor AR350 and for a high gloss you want the Armor AR500. Applying either sealer can be done in 5 easy steps!

  1. Make sure the surface is clean and free of any contaminants such as dirt, oil, stains, and other sealers.
  2. Pressure wash or rinse the surface, and allow the surface to dry completely for at least 24 hours. It is important to make sure the surface is dry because acrylics are sensitive to moisture and white spots can occur if moisture is present during the time of application.
  3. Using a roller or sprayer, apply 1 coat of the solvent based acrylic sealer. It is best to apply in the late afternoon or early evening. During this time, the surface has had time to cool from exposure to the sun, and any dew present from the morning has evaporated.
  4. Wait 4-24 hours and repeat with a second coat if necessary.
  5. Let dry for 24-48 hours.

 

When re-applying to a surface already coated with a solvent based acrylic, simply follow steps 2-5.

 

There are a few other factors to consider when applying a solvent based acrylic sealer:

  1. Do not apply a solvent based acrylic sealer over a surface that has been previously sealed with a water based acrylic sealer, unless all water based product has been removed. Water and solvent based acrylics are not compatable and applying one over the other can result in coating failure, delamination, and discoloration.
  2. If applying a solvent based acrylic sealer for the first time, two coats may be necessary to achieve the desired level of gloss. Space the coats out by at least 24 hours to allow the first coat to provide a hardened base.
  3. Porous surfaces, such as pavers, may require more material than a trowel finished concrete surfaces.
  4. Solvent based acyrlic selaers are known to darken the surface of the concrete, bringing out any dull or faded coloring, and providing a wet look finish. Water based acrylic sealers do not darken the surface as much as a solvent based acrylic sealer will.
  5. Not all acyrlic sealers are the same. The resins used in the formula are what set one product apart from the next. Lower level sealers often use resins imported from China, while premium sealers, like Foundation Armor sealers, use US manufactured resins. On average you will get 1-3 years more life out of a premium sealer than a lower level sealer.