Is your decorative concrete … New?
If you are about to install a brand new exposed aggregate or stamped concrete patio, we highly recommend the use of a non-yellowing chemistry. You may elect to use one of the following ChemMasters products, each of which is guaranteed not to yellow, even after prolonged exposure to UV sunlight.
High Gloss Sealers
When applying high gloss sealers, it's tempting to assume that more is better. In truth, over applying sealers will detract from the cosmetic appeal you're trying to achieve for decorative concrete, leading to issues such as whitening, blistering, bubbling, and peeling. If you want to achieve a higher gloss appearance, it's always advisable to choose a higher quality product rather than using more of one that costs less.
- Polyseal™: Available in high-VOC (Polyseal) and low-VOC (Polyseal-A) formulations. Polyseal is an economically priced high gloss, non-yellowing cure & seal, and is a "good" choice for use on decorative concrete. Polyseal is tintable, and available in 1-gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon packaging.
- Crystal Clear: Available in high-VOC (Crystal Clear) and low-VOC (Crystal Clear-A) formulations. Crystal Clear has the longest lasting, highest gloss and optimum UV resistance available in a cure & seal today. Its specialized resin is commonly used in automotive finishes to produce high gloss, non-yellowing, durable appearances, and would be considered the "best" choice for use on decorative concrete. Crystal Clear is available in 5-gallon and 55-gallon packaging.
Low Gloss Sealers
Water-based sealers will naturally develop lower gloss than their solvent-based counterparts. However, they will not enhance the integral color or antiquing release often used on stamped concrete. If that's the appearance you want for your decorative concrete, then water-based sealers are a good choice for you.
- Polyseal™ WB: A water-based version of our popular Polyseal family of products. It develops a tough, durable, non-yellowing cure & seal with low gloss. Polyseal WB is economically priced, tintable, and available in 1-gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon packaging.
Frequently, decorative concrete is resealed when it has lost that “like new” gloss, which is long before the sealer has actually worn away. As a result, it's common to develop a sealer build-up which causes whitening, blistering, bubbling and peeling. In order to prevent this problem, ChemMasters has developed a patent-pending technology to restore the “like new” gloss to your sealer, without contributing to sealer build-up.
- Gloss Restorer™ SRT: Gloss Restorer SRT is a patent-pending technology designed to be used to repeatedly restore the gloss to dull, weathered sealers without the hassles of sealer build-up. The proprietary formulation of Gloss Restorer SRT is unique in its ability to chemically react with existing sealers, keeping your decorative concrete looking as glossy as the day it was first sealed.
- Traz™ 25: Available in high-VOC (Traz 25) and low-VOC (Traz 25-A) versions. Traz 25 is a customer favorite for resealing decorative concrete patios and walkways. It is a super high-gloss, non-yellowing sealer with increased resistance to staining from spilled foods, drinks, drippings from the grill and household cleaners, and is a “better” choice for use on decorative concrete. Traz 25 is a tintable product, available in 1-gallon, 5-gallon and 55-gallon packaging.
- Polyseal and Crystal Clear can also be good choices for resealing decorative concrete. However, because these products are designed to trap moisture in the concrete, the likelihood of condensation (whitening of the sealer) is increased. If this problem occurs, it is often easily repairable.