Tips for Sealing a Concrete Driveway, Patio or Sidewalk on surfacelogix.net

Use these tips to have the best results when applying a concrete sealer

Concrete sealers can help you maintain your driveway, patio, or sidewalk for years. They lockout moisture, dirt, and grime, keeping your concrete clean and protecting it from damage.

The reasons for using concrete sealers are obvious, but properly applying the product can be a challenge. When done wrong, you could have uneven areas, pooling, and splotches. When done right, however, you will have concrete that looks great for years.

Want the best results? Use these tips when applying a concrete sealer and you’ll have excellent concrete for a long time...

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

It might seem obvious to you, but many people neglect to read the manufacturer’s instructions. This is a big mistake. Always make sure you understand the proper application process for the product you’ve chosen. Reading the instructions takes about five minutes but can result in concrete that looks great for decades.

Clean the area thoroughly

Before you can start coating the concrete with sealer, you need to thoroughly clean the area. Sweep the concrete, pull any weeds, and remove all dirt, dust, and sand.   You’ll probably want to consider rinsing the area with a pressure washer and using one of our great SurfaceLogix cleaners, such as Cobble Clean, Cobble Prep or Cobble Oxhide depending on the stains you have. Be sure to let the area dry completely. You now have a concrete surface that is ready for a sealer.

Remember “thin to win!”

The most common problem that people have when applying a concrete sealer is over-doing it. However, if you remember the phrase “thin to win,” you will be in great shape.

Sealers are created to work best in a light, thin coating, and thick or additional coatings don’t do much good. If you are using solvent-based systems, over-application will result in bubbles, blistering, and a hazy appearance. Water-based systems can have foamy or milky results when over applied.

Apply the sealer evenly

A thin, even seal is essential. If you are using a roller, overlap the previous area by about two inches; no more. The overlap should be done when both layers are still wet, which will result in a bonding of the two passes. If the first pass dries and gets overlapped, you will likely see permanent lines.

Attach the proper tip when using a sprayer

When using a sprayer, the right tip is essential for a clean, even coat. A cone shaped nozzle will deliver a circular spray, which is much better for evenly spreading the sealer. A fan-shaped nozzle, however, delivers the coating in a line. You can find videos here on our website to help demonstrate the best spraying technique.

For re-coating, use the same type of sealer as before

If your concrete surface needs a new coat, it is important to apply the same type of sealer that was used previously. While different sealers can be used on top of each other, using the same type over and over again will lead to the best results.

Get top-quality sealers for your home

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