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The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 01:47 PM
Does anyone have a concrete sealer they would recommend? I have seal my concrete patio and didn't know if one product was better than the other.

Any tips or advice is appreciated.

Inmem58
08-28-2012, 01:49 PM
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FRCDFED
08-28-2012, 01:56 PM
I used EAGLE EXPOSED AGGREGATE CONCRETE SEALER/HIGH GLOSS/WET LOOK/OIL BASED.

It has lasted a couple of years now. Salt from the roads in the winter is what damages the sealer the most. However, this sealer has a nice wet look to it year round and cleans off really well. I would recommend it to anyone. Good luck!

Brenton

FRCDFED
08-28-2012, 01:58 PM
http://www.eaglesealer.com/products/detail/premium-coat-concrete-sealer-clear (http://http://www.eaglesealer.com/products/detail/premium-coat-concrete-sealer-clear)

The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 02:04 PM
I used EAGLE EXPOSED AGGREGATE CONCRETE SEALER/HIGH GLOSS/WET LOOK/OIL BASED.

It has lasted a couple of years now. Salt from the roads in the winter is what damages the sealer the most. However, this sealer has a nice wet look to it year round and cleans off really well. I would recommend it to anyone. Good luck!

Brenton

Thanks man. It's in my backyard and a ways from the road so I won't have to worry about salt.

How long did it take to apply?

Phobia
08-28-2012, 02:05 PM
Frankly, you get what you pay for when it comes to masonry sealants. If you buy a $40/gallon product you'll get several years. If you buy a $20/gallon product, it's not going to work as well. Since there's some obvious labor involved, I try to buy a better product. But I don't do this nearly often enough to recommend a particular brand. Sealing flatwork is typically part of the scope of work provided by my flatwork sub. Are you certain they didn't already seal it?

Ace Gunner
08-28-2012, 02:06 PM
http://www.eaglesealer.com/products/detail/premium-coat-concrete-sealer-clear (http://http://www.eaglesealer.com/products/detail/premium-coat-concrete-sealer-clear)

you mean go here;

http://www.eaglesealer.com/products/detail/premium-concrete-sealer-coat-brown

Phobia
08-28-2012, 02:06 PM
How long did it take to apply?

Depends how you apply it. Some people use a pump sprayer and others brush it on with a paint roller. It goes pretty fast if you know how to work a paint roller.

The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 02:08 PM
Frankly, you get what you pay for when it comes to masonry sealants. If you buy a $40/gallon product you'll get several years. If you buy a $20/gallon product, it's not going to work as well. Since there's some obvious labor involved, I try to buy a better product. But I don't do this nearly often enough to recommend a particular brand. Sealing flatwork is typically part of the scope of work provided by my flatwork sub. Are you certain they didn't already seal it?

Yeah I'm positive. I sealed the driveway and sidewalk already with a product called AquaPella. Worked really well. However, if I want that, I'd have to get a 5 gallon drum and don't need nearly that much.

The patio is 41 by 13 so I assume I'd need 2 gallons to get the job done.

The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 02:09 PM
Depends how you apply it. Some people use a pump sprayer and others brush it on with a paint roller. It goes pretty fast if you know how to work a paint roller.

I used the roller and sprayer on the driveway and the sprayer went much faster for me. I didn't know if application was different with different sealers.

Sofa King
08-28-2012, 02:09 PM
Use some wet paint. Once it dries it really brightens up the driveway. Only works if your neighbor is a car keying asshole.

FRCDFED
08-28-2012, 02:10 PM
Thanks man. It's in my backyard and a ways from the road so I won't have to worry about salt.

How long did it take to apply?Goes on really easy and quick. I powerwashed my drive and patio first. Then I just used a paint roller with a long pole on it. It just rolls right on for a nice even coat. Just don't try to stretch it out too much so you get a good coat. I scraped the dirt away from the edges of the concrete and used a brush to do the sides as I went. I would do the sides first and then roll out the sealer on top before the sides would dry. Really simple.

I also applied the sealer to the foundation of my house to give all of my exposed concrete the same "wet" look. It looks nice in my opinion.

Phobia
08-28-2012, 02:23 PM
You're going to get a more uniform application with a roller. If you're using an enhancing product, don't use the garden sprayer.

The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 02:26 PM
All of the 3/8th rollers I've found in Home Depot, Lowes and Ace all aren't rough enough. The brush I was using on the driveway wore down immediately due to the surface.

Chief Roundup
08-28-2012, 02:27 PM
Hmm suprised no one has mentioned etching the concrete. Maybe that is just for the epoxy stuff I used on driveways and garages.

FRCDFED
08-28-2012, 02:36 PM
All of the 3/8th rollers I've found in Home Depot, Lowes and Ace all aren't rough enough. The brush I was using on the driveway wore down immediately due to the surface.I never had that problem. I just kept refilling a paint tray just as if I was painting a wall in the house and had good even coverage without any problems. My driveway was broom finished in most areas and the sealer went right over it with no problems. Perhaps you werent getting enough sealer on the roller and was pushing down hard on the roller? Idk...I just didn't have that problem. Be liberal with the sealer when applying it. I don't recall having any special type of roller when I applied it. Just for shits, ask the HD or Lowes rep if there is a special roller for the application. I don't think so though.

mikeyis4dcats.
08-28-2012, 02:44 PM
Aquapella is available in 1 gallon cans.

Coverage is listed at 150 to 300sf/gallon. If it's old, dry concrete, it will likely use the higher end.

The Bad Guy
08-28-2012, 02:56 PM
Aquapella is available in 1 gallon cans.

Coverage is listed at 150 to 300sf/gallon. If it's old, dry concrete, it will likely use the higher end.

There's only one store that carries it locally and they only stock in 5 gallon drums.

Phobia
08-28-2012, 03:19 PM
Hmm suprised no one has mentioned etching the concrete. Maybe that is just for the epoxy stuff I used on driveways and garages.

Not necessary for sealing a new pour and even then, the etching is designed to open pores & clean so it will accept stain/epoxy.

WV
08-28-2012, 04:36 PM
I have a concrete patio and it isn't sealed..what's the biggest advantage to sealing it outside of the looks?

Phobia
08-28-2012, 04:42 PM
I have a concrete patio and it isn't sealed..what's the biggest advantage to sealing it outside of the looks?

Longevity is the key factor. The porosity of concrete is high. In extreme climates, water penetrates, freezes, and then degrades the integrity. It can prevent spalling and all kinds of other problems.

mlyonsd
08-28-2012, 05:12 PM
Longevity is the key factor. The porosity of concrete is high. In extreme climates, water penetrates, freezes, and then degrades the integrity. It can prevent spalling and all kinds of other problems.So basically, like this summer, if your climate is the planet of Mars you recommend it? I had my driveway and porch re-poured two years ago.

Little shade, extreme temps.

bevischief
08-28-2012, 05:28 PM
Use some wet paint. Once it dries it really brightens up the driveway. Only works if your neighbor is a car keying asshole.

ROFL