If you are looking for the best wet look sealer for your pavers, there are a few different types of sealers you can choose from.
If you want a wet look, but you don’t want to maintain a surface film, you can use a sealer like the Armor WL550. The Armor WL550 is a penetrating matte wet look sealer designed to slightly enhance the color of the pavers. It works entirely below the surface where leaves a hydrophobic barrier within the pores that reduces the absorption of surface water and other liquids. Water repellent pavers sealers are a great sealer for pavers if you are looking to reduce damage and deterioration caused by water absorption, but don’t want to maintain a surface coating.
If you want a deeper wet look, or if you want a low to high gloss finish, then you want an acrylic sealer. There are two primary categories of acrylic sealers, water based acrylic sealers and solvent based acrylic sealers. Solvent based acrylic sealers will darken the pavers to give them a similar appearance to being wet, and they will protect them with a visible low to high gloss finish. Great solvent based wet look acrylic sealers are the Armor AR350, Armor AR500, and the Armor AX25. If you would prefer little to no change in the color of your pavers but you still want a low to high gloss finish, or if you would prefer a low odor sealer, water based acrylic sealers are a great option. Great water based wet look acrylic sealers are the Armor WB15 and Armor WB25.
The best way to determine which wet look sealer is best for your pavers is to apply the paver sealers to a test area. That is the best way to determine what the sealer will look like on your pavers.
Wet Look Paver Sealer Application Tips
When it comes to sealing your pavers with a wet look, there are a few things you want to take into consideration before sealing:
- If your pavers are less than a year old, you want to verify with the paver manufacturer that you can seal your pavers. Some manufacturers require you to wait a couple of months before sealing, others require you to wait as long as a year. Sealing your pavers before they suggest it can result in coating failure.
- If you currently have a sealer on your pavers, you want to make sure that the new paver sealer is compatible with the old sealer. For example, you can’t put a water based acrylic sealer over a water repellent sealer, and you can’t put a solvent based acrylic sealer over a water based acrylic sealer. If you are unsure if your new sealer is compatible with your new sealer, it is best to contact the new sealer manufacturer to verify compatibility.
- Pavers are very porous and will soak up a lot of material. The best way to ensure even coverage, and prevent you from over applying the sealer, is to use a commercial pump sprayer, and keep a roller handy to back roll any areas where puddles have formed. If you are applying an acrylic sealer and it is your first time sealing with an acrylic sealer, a third coat may be required.
Still not sure which wet look paver sealer is best for you? Contact a Foundation Armor technician and they can help you with sealer selection.