In order to achieve a true wet look finish, you need to use a solvent based acrylic sealer. The resins in the solvent based acrylic sealer help to darken the surface of the substrate, leaving it with a wet look finish. Water based acrylic sealers will provide a gloss, but they can’t darken the surface to make it look wet.
Reviews of the Best Wet Look Sealers:
- Eagle High Gloss Sealer (average 4.6 star review)
- Armor AR350 Wet Look Sealer (average 4.8 star review)
- Armor AR500 High Gloss Sealer (average 4.9 star review)
- Enduraseal SB Acrylic Sealer (average 4.5 star review)
- Rust-Oleum Wet Look Sealer (average 4.2 star review)
The above wet look sealer reviews go over product information, pro’s and con’s. They also pull in reviews from third party websites such as Home Depot, Amazon, and Houzz.
Review of How to Apply a Wet Look Sealer
Wet look sealers can easily be applied with a roller or sprayer. They should be applied to unsealed concrete, or concrete previously sealed with a solvent based acrylic. Wet look sealers can also be applied to stamped concrete, brick, pavers, or aggregate surfaces.
Wet look sealers should be applied to clean and dry surfaces in the late afternoon-early evening when the surface has had time to cool from exposure to UV rays. If a pressure washer was used to clean the surface, allow the surface to dry for at least 24-48 hours before sealing.
When applying two coats, the coats should be spaced out 12-24 hours. This allows the first coat to fully cure so that when the second coat is applied you are left with a stronger surface coating.