Sealing Stained Concrete
Although stain is permanent and won't flake off like
paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete
surface and w...
Sealing Interior Stained Concrete
Acrylic Sealers: For interior concrete, you want
to use an epoxy-infused acrylic like th...
Sealing Interior Stained Concrete
• Epoxy Sealers: If your stained floor is high traffic, such
as a restaurant or other pu...
Sealing Exterior Stained Concrete
Acrylic sealers are best for outdoor stain applications
because they allow moisture in t...
Wet Look/Satin Sheen
• The Armor AR350 Satin
Sheen sealer is a penetrating, low
VOC, solvent based 100%
enhanced acrylic l...
Wet Look/High Gloss
• The Armor AR500 Clear Gloss
Coat sealer is a high solids, low
VOC, solvent based 100% acrylic
lacque...
Stained Concrete Maintenance
While protecting stained concrete with a sealer or floor finish will repel dirt and help prev...
Visit Us!
Learn more about Foundation Armor’s
professional grade line of concrete
sealers, concrete coatings, concrete cle...
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Although stain is permanent and won't flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). A good sealer will provide other benefits as well, such as adding sheen to the surface and enhancing color intensity.

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Sealing Stained Concrete

  1. 1. Sealing Stained Concrete
  2. 2. Although stain is permanent and won't flake off like paint, it penetrates only the top layer of the concrete surface and will eventually wear away as the surface is worn by traffic or weather exposure. To prolong stain life, stain manufacturers recommend keeping stained surfaces protected with multiple coats of clear sealer (outdoors) and a floor wax (indoors). A good sealer will provide other benefits as well, such as adding sheen to the surface and enhancing color intensity.
  3. 3. Sealing Interior Stained Concrete Acrylic Sealers: For interior concrete, you want to use an epoxy-infused acrylic like the Armor AE Fusion Gloss. It will bond better and last longer than conventional acrylics and it is more cost effective and easier to apply than an epoxy. This sealer is used a lot on retail floors. The Armor AE Fusion Gloss is a penetrating and breathable, water-based epoxy infused acrylic that provides a superior high gloss finish to a multitude of interior horizontal or vertical concrete and masonry finishes.
  4. 4. Sealing Interior Stained Concrete • Epoxy Sealers: If your stained floor is high traffic, such as a restaurant or other public space, an epoxy sealer may be a good option. Epoxies are harder than acrylics, but don’t allow trapped moisture to escape which may become a problem later. When sealing with an epoxy, thorough moisture testing is a must. Epoxy sealers are popular for stained countertops. See the Armor Epoxy System • Urethane Sealers: This sealer type is the most expensive, but also the most abrasive-resistant. To get a proper bond, urethanes must be applied over a water-based epoxy. You also should be aware that they are not UV stable. See the Armor Alpha UTN60
  5. 5. Sealing Exterior Stained Concrete Acrylic sealers are best for outdoor stain applications because they allow moisture in the slab to escape. Many contractors prefer solvent-based acrylics over waterbased acrylics because they tend to perform better outside. If the shiny or wet look is not desired, siliconebased penetrating sealers are recommended for a matte finish. To keep exterior stained surfaces protected, apply a new coat of sealer every year or two, or as necessary. When you begin to notice that water no longer beads up on the surface, it's time to reseal.
  6. 6. Wet Look/Satin Sheen • The Armor AR350 Satin Sheen sealer is a penetrating, low VOC, solvent based 100% enhanced acrylic lacquer designed to protect your decorative concrete and provide it with a soft satin sheen. The Armor AR350 Satin Sheen is fast drying, nonyellowing, and provides excellent resistance to rain, sun, freezing temperatures, stains, and other pollutants. • Want a non-slip surface? Add the Armor Non-Slip Additive to this sealer.
  7. 7. Wet Look/High Gloss • The Armor AR500 Clear Gloss Coat sealer is a high solids, low VOC, solvent based 100% acrylic lacquer designed to protect your decorative concrete and provide it with a high gloss shine. The Armor AR500 Clear Gloss Coat is fast drying, nonyellowing, and provides excellent resistance to rain, sun, freezing temperatures, stains, and other pollutants. • Want a non-slip surface? Add the Armor Non-Slip Additive to this sealer.
  8. 8. Stained Concrete Maintenance While protecting stained concrete with a sealer or floor finish will repel dirt and help prevent wear, it does not eliminate the need for periodic maintenance. How much traffic the surface receives often dictates the amount of ongoing maintenance required. Here are some general maintenance tips: • • • • • For interior concrete floors subject to only light foot traffic, maintenance is usually a simple matter of dry dust mopping and occasional wet mopping with a neutral-pH cleaner. If stained floors begin to loose their luster or shine, re-waxing will usually revive the appearance. In a typical residential setting, a year or longer may go by before it's necessary to buff and re-wax the floor. In businesses with more traffic, it will be necessary to reapply the finish at more frequent intervals. For exterior stained concrete, keep the surface clean by sweeping it with a broom or leaf blower or rinsing with a garden hose. To remove stubborn dirt, scrub with a mop or medium-bristle brush and a mild cleaner. To keep exterior surfaces protected, apply a new coat of sealer every year or two, or as necessary. When you begin to notice that water no longer beads up on the surface, it's time to reseal. Stained concrete countertops will have different protection and maintenance needs than walking surfaces.
  9. 9. Visit Us! Learn more about Foundation Armor’s professional grade line of concrete sealers, concrete coatings, concrete cleaners and concrete repair products by visiting FoundationArmor.com or by calling 866-306-0246.

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