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re: Homeowner
Hello, you cannot fix the white haze by adding more sealer. You need to chemically strip off all the old coatings first using this:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Homeowner
I have a stained concrete patio. It is dark brown and in Texas. I have been applying Chem-Coat Premium Concrete Sealer (acrylic resins in solvent). After a few months in fades and turns white, especially in the hot summer. A new coat brings it back to life, but it fades again in a few months. Can I apply SuperSeal30 over this?
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re: SuperSeal25 Semi-Gloss allowed to be use in san Diego California
No it cannot be used or sold there.
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SuperSeal25 Semi-Gloss
Does SuperSeal25 Semi-Gloss allowed to be use in san Diego California
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re: Restore stamped, colored concrete patio
Just clean it as long as the old sealer has not turned white or discolored.
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Restore stamped, colored concrete patio
We have approx 150 sq ft concrete patio the was stamped,colored and sealed approx 6 years ago by a local company we found at a home show. They sold us on water based colors and sealer and it looked great. We live in Las Vegas and the sun has faded and discolored most of the patio except for a few protected/cover ed areas. We would like to have it power-washed and refinished and were considering using your "SuperSeal25 Semi-Gloss 5 Gallon" product. My question is do we need to acid wash the entire patio first or just clean it?
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You probably need to strip if the old sealer has turned white. Use the Brick Paver Sealer stripper we sell.
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I have stained stamped concrete about 5 years old. Was originally sealed with superseal 2000 then again 2 years ago. Now the areas in the sun are chalky and others not in the sun are still sealed wet look. I tried xylene and it didn't work on the chalky areas. Purchased 5 gal of superSeal 25 semi gloss. Need to know the best way to prep and seal. thanks, brad
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re: acid stain concrete around pool
We do not sell acid stain but we do sell this:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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acid stain concrete around pool
My pool concrete has never been stained before or water proofed. I would like to stain in a (not for sure the correct terminology) mixed looking stain. Not a solid color. Do you sell this and some tips on application.
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Tony, sorry but cleaners will not remove scuff marks.
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I am getting ready to install a patio stone path using a stamped concrete stone. They have what I would call scuff marks probably due to being stacked on top of each other and rubbing.

Will the NMD 80 product remove these, and if not, do you know a product or process that will?
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The only thing you can do is to strip it all off:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Stamped Concrete "milking".
I have a stamped, stained concrete walkway and patio. It was installed about 2 years ago and it has constantly turned a milky white even after the installer sealed it, and I rolled on Xylene earlier this spring to bring back the color and remove the initial sealer. What can I do to stop this milky white coloring?
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Ryan, try SuperSeal VOC version. You can add grip into it for traction:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Dana G, Sorry but no idea on this. We do not sell products to remove wax.
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I have acid stained concrete floors that have a waxy build up. How to I remove this? My normal cleaning methods of water/ alcohol, or water/ vinegar are not effective? Please advise.

Best Regards,
Dana G.
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Help choose a sealer
Live in California (temp gets over a 100 in the summer) and recently acid stain the patio concrete around my pool. Not satisfied with the coloring so looking for a sealant that enhance/darken the color, add a semi-wet look and is slip proof (most important)
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jakesleeps, look at the SuperSeal VOC product for this surface in Cali.
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I have about 1700 square feet of tinted/color stained concrete (in California) to clean and reseal. The original finish was solvent based. Which of your products would you recommend using over an older finish? I'd like a gloss, or semi-gloss look and will be adding 'grip' around the pool area. Thanks!
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re: sealer failure
Turning white is from something underneath the sealer 90% of the time, not the sealer itself. It could be:

1. Trapped moisture
2. Efflorescence
3. Polymeric sand haze
4. An old sealer was used before that had turned white.

There are some sealers though on the market that turn white by themselves. Behr's Wet Look Sealer for example.
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sealer failure
my sealer turned white in places in the heat two weeks after I have sealed it. Your thoughts?
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re: owner castle carpentry
I am not sure what you mean.
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owner castle carpentry
how can i thin out messmers uv plus for wood decks
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Heidi, sounds like it needs to be stripped.
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Our stamped concrete protective surface is half, off, white or gray in areas, cracks. Our contractor wants to fill the cracks and then stain the concrete after removing the old sealer. Is this advised and what will it look like? Would it be better to just have it resealed ?
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re: Stamped Concrete Resealing Project
Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer (www.opwdecks.com/.../)
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Stamped Concrete Resealing Project
We have a stamped concrete patio which was laid 5 years ago. It has never been resealed but still looks very good. We do want to reseal it, however. What would be the easiest product to apply, also considering that I absolutely must use a low odor product. Which of your products would you recommend I buy for this application?

Larry Drapela
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Joe, Use Xylene or Lacquer thinner.
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How do you clean the sprayer after applying Super Seal 25
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re: super seal 30 turned white
Turning white is caused by something underneath the sealer. SuperSeal by itself is a breathable styrene acrylic sealer and does trap moisture. In your scenario it is either trapped moisture (due to two different sealers) or you old sealer was already having issues. It sounds to me like trapped moisture. Water that gets in the brick will to raise the surface but if it cannot get out (trapped) it will turn white under the sealer. That is why you did not have an issue in the covered areas.

You could try the solvent method to restore the shine and remove the white haze. This is the easiest thing to do but may not stop it from coming back later in the year.

The other option is to strip it all off and start over. Much harder to do:

Concrete Sealer Stripper (www.opwdecks.com/.../)

let me know if you have questions on either method.
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super seal 30 turned white
I applied the superseal 30 over a previous acrylic lacquer and it looked great until the fall rains appeared (2 months later). The coating has a opaque white sheen over 80% of the concrete (a mix of sand finish and exposed aggregate). the same coating under a covered patio did not turn white except where rain was blown in at the edges. first question is any idea why it failed? and second questions is how do I remove the failed sealer?
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re: stamped concrete question
Applying a solvent such as the Aromatic 100 (www.opwdecks.com/.../) will restore the shine and remove the scratches.
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stamped concrete question
i had a new stamped concrete poured last summer i bought super sel 30 gloss finish for the top it looked perfect,the color is a terra cotta color ,the snow has melted not i see lots of white scratches on the top surface how do i remove these white scratches,,they are not deep just surface scratches probably from my dogs claws any suggestions? thanks in advance
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re: Concrete floor with radiant heat and pigment inside my house
Sorry but we sell products mainly for exterior use. Not sure what would work for your scenario.
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Concrete floor with radiant heat and pigment inside my house
Hi
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What products should I buy to clean and finish with a gloss finish a decorative concrete floor inside my house that is heated with radiant heat in the winter? Low VOC if possible! Thanks so much, Diane
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re: VOC free sealant
I would look at the MasonrySaver Decorative Concrete Sealer (www.opwdecks.com/.../)
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VOC free sealant
I have stained concrete in my place of business, and we have sealed it a number of times using HTF-25. My floor needs to be resealed, but I now need to use a VOC free sealant due to health problems. Do I need to strip what is left of the old sealant before using a new product? Do you have any recommendations of a good, commerical grade VOC product?
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re: Cleaning, Resealing and Wet Look
TSP will not remove the white spots. You would need to strip it all off and start over. SuperSeal 30 is far superior then anything that could be bought at SW. You would need to add the Super Grip manully.
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Cleaning, Resealing and Wet Look
I have cleaned my stamped patio annually and applied a oil based sealer from Sherman Williams. This year my concrete has a lot of white stains that I cannot power wash off. I have read the Trisodium Phosphate would get rid of the stains, do you have a product that works better? Also after cleaning is your super sealer give a deeper shine than the sherman williams? If so does it come with super grip already added to the sealer?
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re:Not sure of the original sealer used on stamped concrete and now how do i go about resealing it?
Nick, I would look at this:

Masonry Saver Decorative Concrete Sealer (www.opwdecks.com/.../)
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Not sure of the original sealer used on stamped concrete and now how do i go about resealing it?
I have a neighbor who has a stamped driveway, front walkway, and patio around their pool. It was done about 4 years ago and now its time to reseal it and they have no idea what type of sealer was used. I don't know how to go about finding the correct sealer to use for resealing it. Any help would be much appreciated!
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re: supergrip and superseal25 question
You need a buildup of sealer for the SuperGrip to properly work. It can be slightly slippery for about 2-3 weeks until full cure if only one coat is applied.
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supergrip and superseal25 question
I have to strip our pool deck stamped concrete and then if I apply superseal25 for one coat, according to the supergrip info I can't add it to the superseal unless I do a second coat? If I use superseal25 alone will the concrete still be slippery afterward? Our previous sealer was very slippery.
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re: sealer
Unopened the sealer is good for many years. Opened and it depends on how well it is closed. If the solvent evaporates out then it will go bad within the year. I would not let it freeze or get above 90 degrees.
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sealer
I have a couple of 5gal cans of super seal 25 left over, some closed and one that is half empty. How long will it stay good fo r , and is there a certain temperature it should be stored in? And the same question for 2 packs of tint.
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re: How long should i wait after i power wash
1-2 days is normal. You really only need one coat of the SuperSeal25. If you apply a second coat make sure it is a light coat and wait about 2 hours after the first coat.
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How long should i wait after i power wash or the rain before I apply sealer for the first coat to avoid water being trapped in concrete? Is it the same amount of time between coats to apply 2nd coat? This is super seal 25 going on stamped concrete patio.
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re: sealer
2-4 hours will work.
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sealer
Thanks for your fast response to my questions. I was going to use two coats, only because when i received the sample and applied it, it took two coats to give it the wet look I was looking for.That being said, how long should I wait before I apply the second coat?
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re: SuperSeal 25 sealer
You only need one solid coat. You should wait 24 hours for furniture to be put on it. I would roll it on stamped concrete.
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sealer
I am interested in the Superseal 25 to use on my stamped concrete patio and had a couple of questions. How long should I wait between coats to apply the second coat? How long do I need to wait before I place the patio furniture back on without it causing any marks in the sealer, some of which would include heavy concrete pots? And would you suggest sprying it on or using a 1/2" roller to apply on stamped concrete?
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re; How can I restore my stamped drive. It is fading.
I would put on one of the SuperSeal products:

SuperSeal 25
Super Seal 30
SuperSeal Matte

All will enhance the color and leave a gloss shine of some level.
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How can I restore my stamped drive. It is fading.
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re: garage door seal
I have never heard of this happening. Maybe put something on the rubber seal so it does not stick?
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I resealed my driveway with your SuperSeal, including colorant, 3-4 months ago. Now that it is hot (Las Vegas) my garage door rubber sealer is sticking to the driveway sealer. This is putting undo pressure on the garage door opener. Can you recommend anything?

Thanks
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Solvent Based vs Water Based
Solvent based concrete sealers are sealers that use a solvent to keep it in liquid form. After application the solvent dissipates or evaporates. You can see the products that we sell here:
Solvent Based Concrete Sealers (www.opwdecks.com/.../)

For stamped concrete I would look at the SuperSeal25, SuperSeal30 or SuperSealVOC
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What is a solvent based sealer, is it water based? We have been told to use a solvent based sealer on
our stamped concrete. We thought there was only water and oil base.
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re: White spots on acid stained concrete floors
No only sell outside products. Sorry we do not have anything that will help your inside floor.
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White spots on acid stained concrete floors
Do you have a product that will remove white spots from interior acid
stained concrete floors. If so, do I need to remove the sealer
before I use the cleaner and then reseal or will the cleaner
work over the sealer?
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re: Looking for a good concrete sealer that lasts
I would suggest this:
www.opwdecks.com/.../

Not sure though if it will fix/remove the white marks from the cheap Lowes sealer. There is a problem with their sealer.
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Looking for a good concrete sealer that lasts
I have a stamped concrete in my driveway around pool and back yard. I used a Lowes semi gloss sealer and it lasted 1 month. Got some areas of white looking marks. What sealer should I use I need a lot. Like the shiny look but does it get slippery? Thanks
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re: consumer
Your only option is to remove the sealer with a stripper:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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consumer
We are in the middle of a landscaping project. I loved the stamped concrete yesterday but today, after the contractor sealed it, I HATE it! What shall I do? It is buff colored and I want it more ivory.
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re: mulberry stains
A general type cleaner should work:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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This can be added to acrylic sealers:
SuperGrip (www.opwdecks.com/supergrip.htm)
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Do you carry the material that can be added to the sealer to make it a non-slip surface - for using on a pool deck?

Thank you
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Do you have any suggestions on cleaning mulberry stains on stamped concrete? The stains have been on the concrete for a long time. Thanks.
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re: Superseal tint mixture formulae.
The tint comes in one small can. Typically you mix one of these into a 5 gallon pail of the SuperSeal. You can mix less for less color if desired.
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Superseal tint mixture formulae.
Just to confirm, one quart of tint is the proper mixture for 5 gallons of superseal? I was confused a little in the description of tints it refered to the size as "packets".

Thank you
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re: Colorant for SuperSeal 25
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Colorant for SuperSeal 25
Do you have colorants or dyes that can be added to SuperSeal 25?
Thanks
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re: Sealer Stripper/Stampe d Concrete
Not sure if the stripper will work on your water-based sealer. Most of the times it will. I would suggest trying a gallon first to try.

It would be best to remove the water based sealer prior to applying the SuperSeal since it is a solvent based sealer.

The lacquer thinner may remove the temporarily but in many cases it will come back.
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Sealer Stripper/Stampe d Concrete
I plan to purchase your 5-gallon SuperSeal 25. Will your sealer stripper work to remove water-based sealer? If not, what should I use or do you think the SuperSeal 25 will go over the water-based?

On my pool deck, I have a solvent based sealer that was mistakenly put over a water-based sealer and have milky splotches. Putting lacquer thinner on it seems to get rid of the white places. does this surprise you?
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re: concrete
We do not offer the overlay top coat but we do have transparent concrete stains that will highlight the concrete with different colors:

www.opwdecks.com/.../
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concrete
I was watching Holmes on Homes where after they poured new concrete for some entryway steps they let it dry then applied a top coat.They took a trowel and made the top coat look like paver brick and stone.When it dried they added a dry colorlike rub that highlighted the whole thing.It looked great.Do you have a product like that
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re: Which One?
The SuperSeal30 would be a good choice as long as it will adhere properly to the old sealer. If it was Quickrete then it should as they are both solvent based sealers. Using a solvent based sealer indoors will have a strong odor. I would suggest a lot of airflow to remove the smell and possibly stay out of the house for a few days. The SuperSeal Wax would be used after applying the SuperSeal30. This would be your "maintenance" every so often. All commercial type buildings that have stained concrete do it this way. Seal first then apply wax whenever needed. Thanks
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which one?
we bought a house with stained concrete in the living room and main hall. i believe it was sealed with Quikrete wet look high gloss sealer.it was done about 2 years ago i think. It is dull. Im looking for product (wax or sealer) that will provide a long lasting wet look. somthing that can with stand high traffic ( messy kids and dogs ),and frequent mopping (several times a week)... i was thinking for supersealer30 or superwax polish... would one of these work or do you know something that would be better for me?
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re: how to waterproof exterior plywood floor
I do not know it you can stop all the water but adding a silicone/silox water repellent will help. The Defy Heavy Duty Water Repellent, SuperSeal-M, or the SB-4000 will work.
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how to waterproof exterior plywood floor
Hi,

I just built a vinyl shed and the handyman left one inch of the plywood floor sticking out of the shed. He applied silicone around the perimeter of the shed for waterproof. However, in raining days, the one inch exterior plywood floor absorbing water and making the inside of the shed damp and wet. What product can I use to stop the plywood floor from absorbing water?

Thanks.

Grace
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re: Stripping sealer off pavers around pool
Try not to get the stripper or residue into the pool. Wash away from if possible. A little bit is not the end of the world but make sure and check the pool water after done to ensure everything is okay. It may change the pH balance of the water.
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I have to strip the sealer off pavers around my pool. I have the methyl chloride based stripper I need but I am concerned about that getting into the pool. I know my kids prob won't swim anymore this year but do I need to worry about the stripper getting into the pool? Thx!
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I am in the process of stripping a bad sealer job on concrete pavers around my pool. I have the pressure washer and a stripper and before I begin my only concern is keeping the stripper out of the pool. I know my kids prob won't swim anymore this year but do I have to worry about any of the methyl chloride getting into the pool? Thx!
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re: water based sealers v solvent
Once you use a water base then you should not switch to a solvent without stripping off the old sealer. This requires a Concrete Sealer Stripper.

What sealer have you used? It may be best to try a different water based sealer first before switching. The Surebond SB-600 Wet look sealer would be a good choice.
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water based sealers v solvent
I recently purchased a home with a stamped comcrete patio. It was approx 5 yrs old. After the 1st winter I noticed some chipping and scaling. I quickly bought the first sealer I found (water based) and applied it. It has prevented any further deterioration. However the wet look only lasts a couple months. Is solvent based better to use. What do i need to do to switch to solvent based.
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re: stripping failed sealer from concrete
This will work on removing stamped concrete sealers:
www.opwdecks.com/.../
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Mr
What do I use to stripe the sealer from my stamped Concrete!
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re:white stamped concrete sealer
You have a buildup of too much sealer on your stamped concrete. The only way to fix this is to strip all the old sealer off and start over.
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MR
every year I have to reseal my stamped concrete it turns a chalk white. even after I do this it only looks good for maybe one month. waht can I use to keep it looking good for the summer or longer.
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The majority of contractors who install stamped concrete use solvent based sealers. I would just use the same sealer for both the stamped and the pavers.
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Unknown sealer for my pool edging
I am not sure of the sealer type that my pool contractor used for my pool edging. It is stamped concrete as an outline around the pool...I have installed brick pavers as a deck. I am planning to seal the brick pavers with a solvent based sealer but am not sure if I should reseal the pool edging at the same time with the same solvent based sealer. I understand that there may be a problem if the original pool edging was sealed with a water based sealer but am not certain. Please help with any suggestions.
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What if it can't be restored?
What happens when you can't find that particular type of stamped concrete? Can it still be restored? Or should you just simply replace it with another type of stamped concrete?
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Typically the contractor should wait at least a week to let the concrete dry before applying the sealer. This has a lot to do with the type of sealer though. Some sealers will allow them to be applied as soon as the bead water is gone. In your scenario it sounds like he sealed to soon and the moisture was trapped under the sealer, causing it to turn white. Apply the Aromatic 100 sealer (www.opwdecks.com/.../). This will reset the sealer and remove the white haze.
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Do you know what I should do about my stamped concrete that turned white? The contractor sealed it the day after it was instaled and now it has a whitish look to it. He told me that was normal but it looks terrible.
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