Wet Look Stone Sealer

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in Wet Look Sealers

For a wet look stone sealer you want to go with a solvent based acrylic lacquer coating that can penetrate into the small pores of the stone and bond to the surface.

For  best results, make sure the stones are large enough to maintain a coating and if they are small, make sure they are secured with a cement based material, or polymeric sand.

Wet Look Concrete Sealer Armor AR350

FoundationArmor.com Wet Look Concrete and Stone Sealer Armor AR350

 

If you don’t want a wet look, or a gloss, you can add a matte packet to a solvent based acrylic, or you can apply a penetrating water repellent silane siloxane sealer.

How to Apply a Wet Look Stone Sealer

Stone is not very porous. In fact, the surface of stone is usually very smooth and the pores are very small. For this reason, it is important to make sure the stone is clean and completely dry. Start by applying one thin coat of the solvent based acrylic. Make sure the entire area is covered and that the coating is even. During the recoat window, apply a second coat the same way. Allow the sealer to properly dry and do not apply when it is expected to rain.

Wet Look Paver Sealer

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in Pavers, Wet Look Sealers

Wet look paver sealer for sealing concrete pavers with a wet look.

The best way to achieve a wet look is with an solvent based acrylic lacquer coating. The resins in coating will cause the concrete to go through a wetting process on the surface, giving the pavers a wet look. While the pavers are wet, a coating will form over the surface of the pavers, giving them a wet look. Here are a few photos of wet look concrete, and wet look pavers.

High Gloss Wet Look:

Foundation Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

FoundationArmor.com AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Satin Sheen Wet Look:

AR350 Concrete Driveway Coating

FoundationArmor.com AR350 Concrete Driveway Coating

 

The benefit to going with a solvent based acrylic is that if you don’t want any shine at all, and you just want the wet look, you can add a matte packet.

One of the largest concerns with wet look is having a slippery surface. There are several things that can be done to avoid this, including adding a non slip additive to the top coat.

Concrete Sealer Blister Marks

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in Acrylics

Blister marks, bubbles, and white hazy areas are common in acrylic sealers. These types of surface impurities form when:

  1. High amounts of moisture come up through the concrete and build up below the sealer.
  2. The sealer has reached the end of its life.
  3. The sealer was not properly applied and was unable to form a bond, or build a film.

If the acrylic sealer was a water based sealer, there are not many things you can do with it other than to remove it. Water based acrylics are very hard to maintain and reapply. In most cases, these have to be removed.

If the acrylic sealer was a solvent based sealer, you can use Xylene, or a Blush Repair product. You will apply the Xylene to the concrete and roll it into the surface of the coating. This will cause the solvents to evaporate and will even out the surface of the coating by breaking down any impurities.

Foundation Armor Blush Repair and Foundation Armor AR350

Foundation Armor Blush Repair and Foundation Armor AR350

Products:

How does a concrete water repellent sealer work?

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in FAQ

Water repellent sealers form a hydrophobic barrier within the pores that causes water and other liquids to bead off the surface. By stopping the absorption of water on the surface, you prevent a variety of issues caused by water such as spalling, freeze-thaw damage, and salt damage.

This is what water should do to a properly sealed surface:

The best water repellent sealer to use is a high solids, solvent based silane siloxane water repellent sealer.

What should I use to seal my pavers?

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in FAQ

The best sealer to use to seal pavers is a water repellent silane siloxane sealer. This type of sealer will work below the surface to keep the pavers protected from water damage, mold and mildew. Silane siloxane water repellent will repel surface water and other liquids without changing the look of the pavers.

If you want a matte finish, satin sheen or high gloss, you will need to use an acrylic lacquer coating. Unlike sealers, acrylic coatings will leave behind a surface film designed to enhance the appearance of the pavers.

Wet Look Paver Sealers: Armor AR500

Foundation Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Foundation Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Invisible, penetrating sealer: SX5000

SX5000 Water Repellent Concrete Brick Paver Sealer

SX5000 Water Repellent Concrete Brick Paver Sealer

Should I densify my concrete?

Posted: 10th July 2014 by admin in FAQ

Densifiers are great – they chemically react with the concrete to form CSH within the pores leaving concrete with an increased resistance to water, and a hardened surface. Densifiers are not however appropriate on all applications and should only be used under a few circumstances.

When to Use a Densifier

You want to use a sodium silicate Densifier when:

  1. The concrete is old and weak, and needs an increased surface strength.
  2. You have active water moving through the pores of the concrete.
  3. You want an inexpensive solution to polishing concrete floors or countertops.

You want to use a lithium silicate Densifier when:

  1. You want a fast-acting solution to polishing concrete floors or countertops.

Learn more about concrete Densifiers.

When Not to Use a Densifier

You do not want to use a sodium or lithium silicate Densifier if:

  1. You are using it to seal your concrete. Densifiers should only be used to strengthen concrete as they do not offer any water repellency or surface protection benefits. A better sealer would be a silane siloxane water repellent.
  2. You are applying a concrete coating. Densifiers will densify the concrete, therefore reducing the pores size on the surface. Coatings need to penetrate and bond to the surface pores and if a Densifier is used, the coating may not bond as well to the concrete. If you use a Densifier before the use of a coating, make sure the concrete is properly re-prepped before applying the coating.

Best Sealer for Stamped Concrete

Posted: 4th July 2014 by admin in Stamped Concrete

Best sealer for stamped concrete.

There are two types of sealers that can be used to seal stamped concrete:

  1. Invisible, penetrating water repellent sealer like the Armor SX5000.
  2. Satin Sheen or High Gloss acrylic lacquer coating like the Armor AR350 (satin sheen) or Armor AR500 (high gloss).

So which type of concrete sealer is best for your stamped concrete application? Consider the following factors when choosing a stamped concrete sealer:

  1. Do you want to change the look of the stamped concrete? If you don’t want to change the look or color of the stamped concrete, you want an invisible water repellent sealer. If you want a matte finish, satin sheen or high gloss coating, you want an acrylic lacquer coating.
  2. Is the stamped concrete colored? If the stamped concrete is bare concrete, it doesn’t matter which type of sealer you use. If the stamped concrete is colored, you may want to consider an acrylic lacquer coating to protect the surface of the stamped concrete. Penetrating sealers protect the concrete from within the pores but concrete coatings add a layer over the surface of the concrete. The layer will protect the concrete from abrasion, which is what causes integral color to fade.
  3. Do you want a colored coating? If you want a colored coating you need an acrylic lacquer coating with a color pack.

Can you use both?

Yes, in many cases a contactor will apply an invisible water repellent sealer first, followed by an acrylic lacquer coating. Or, they will apply a combination product, like the Armor AX25. The AX25 is a siloxane infused water repellent sealer. While it isn’t required, there are a few benefits. The use of water repellent first will allow for the acrylic to penetrate and bond better. The water repellent will protect the coating from the intrusion of moisture below the surface as well as protect the concrete once the coating starts to wear.

Stamped Concrete Pictures

Armor AR350 Satin Sheen Concrete and Paver Sealer

Armor AR350 Satin Sheen Concrete Sealer

 

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

 

 

 

Best Wet Look Sealer

Posted: 3rd July 2014 by admin in Wet Look Sealers

The best wet look sealer to use on concrete and masonry surfaces is a breathable, solvent based acrylic sealer. When an acrylic lacquer coating is applied to the concrete it will wet the surface. As the solvents start to release, a coating will form over the surface of the “wet” concrete. Wet look sealers are available in matte, satin and high gloss.

Satin Sheen Wet Look: Foundation Armor AR350. High solids, solvent based. 2-5 year life expectancy.

Wet Look Concrete Sealer Armor AR350

Wet Look Concrete Sealer Armor AR350

 

High Gloss Wet Look: Foundation Armor AR500. High solids, solvent based. 2-5 year life expectancy.

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

 

How to Apply a Wet Look Concrete Sealer

How to apply a wet look sealer over bare concrete:

  1. Make sure the concrete is free of stains and any other material that would prevent the sealer from properly penetrating bonding to the concrete surface. Make sure the concrete is completely dry and verify that it is not expected to rain for 2-3 days at least after the application of the second coat.
  2. Using a 3/8-1/2 shedless nap roller, apply the first coat. Make sure the coat is applied at a rate of 150-250 FT2/gallon. Avoid puddling.
  3. Wait until the suggested recoat window (usually 4-6 hours) and apply the second coat.
  4. Let dry.

How to apply a wet look sealer over an existing coating:

  1. If the existing coating is water based, it needs to be removed. You can’t open up the recoat window on a water based coating, therefore, a new coating can not be applied to the surface. If the existing coating is solvent based and you plan on applying a solvent based acrylic to the surface, use Xylene or a Blush Repair product to open up the recoat window. Once the recoat window has been opened, proceed with applying 1 coat of the new product.
  2. One thing to keep in mind is it may be hard to get a wet look when applying a coating over an existing coating because the existing coatings adds a layer between the concrete and the new coating. You can still achieve a gloss look, but unless the new coating has access to the concrete, it may be hard to achieve the “wet” part of the look.

 

Best Sealer for Concrete Driveways

Posted: 2nd July 2014 by admin in Concrete Driveways

Best sealers to use to seal a concrete driveway. Best sealers for stamped concrete, broom finished concrete, aggregate concrete, and concrete paver driveways.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Foundation Armor

Armor Exterior Sealers Flyer

Armor SX5000: Invisible, water repellent sealer designed to stop the absorption of water and other liquids on the surface, as well as prevent the growth of mold and mildew, and reduce cracking and spalling caused by freeze-thaw and salt damage. 40% solids, DOT approved, solvent based.

Armor AR350 and Armor AR500: Breathable, acrylic coatings. The AR350 is a satin sheen coating and the AR500 is a high gloss coating. The AR products will protect and enhance the surface of the concrete.

Armor AX25: Breathable, siloxane infused acrylic coating. The Armor AX25 offers superior resistance to salt water, chlorine, and other types of liquids making it the perfect coating for pool decks and other similar uses. The AX25 offers the same benefits of the SX5000 and AR product line and will leave behind a high gloss.

Concrete Driveway Images

AR350 Wet Look Driveway 2

AR350 Driveway

 

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

Armor AR500 Wet Look Gloss Coating

 

 

Best Concrete Sealers

Posted: 2nd July 2014 by admin in Concrete Sealers

The best concrete sealer to use to seal virtually all types of concrete is a silane siloxane blend sealer, like the Armor SX5000. Silane siloxane blend sealers will penetrate into the concrete and work from within the pores to repel water and other liquids. By stopping the absorption of water on the surface, silane siloxane sealers will also prevent damage caused by that, such as:

  • Cracking and spalling caused by freeze-thaw, snow and ice, and salt.
  • The growth of mold and mildew on the surface.
  • Stains caused by the absorption of dirty water and other liquids.
  • Deterioration caused by constant exposure of water.

Sodium and lithium silicate Densifiers are also categorized as sealers but they should only be used to increase the strength of the concrete surface. Silicates do not cause water to bead off the surface.

Another options, is the use of a coating. A concrete coating will leave behind a film or coating on the surface and will enhance the concrete by adding a wet look, satin sheen or gloss coating. When it comes to exterior concrete you want to avoid using a coating that is not breathable, such as an epoxy or urethane. The best type of coating to use on exterior concrete is a breathable acrylic coating, like the AR350.