Achieving a high gloss finish on pavers isn’t as easy as choosing the best high gloss sealer and applying it to pavers. Pavers are very porous and tend to soak up a lot of material. How the high gloss sealer is applied is almost as important as choosing the best high gloss sealer.
Reviews of the Best High Gloss Paver Sealers:
- Eagle High Gloss Sealer – Solvent based (average 4.6 star review)
- Armor AR500 High Gloss Sealer Solvent based (average 4.9 star review)
- Enduraseal SB Acrylic Sealer Solvent based (average 4.5 star review)
- Seal-Krete Clear Seal Acrylic Sealer Water based (average 4 star review)
- Armor WB25 Acrylic Sealer Water based (average 4.9 star review)
Types of High Gloss Paver Sealers
First, let’s touch on the types of high gloss paver sealers. Acrylic sealers are the best type of sealer to use to get a high gloss finish. Under the category of acrylic sealers there are water based and solvent based.
- Water based acrylic sealers won’t darken the surface of the pavers. They are require more surface preparation and more work to repair and maintain. When a water based acrylic sealer breaks down, you the entire surface will need to be screen sanded in order to recoat. Areas in need of repair often need to be removed.
- Solvent based acrylic sealers darken the surface of the pavers to make them look wet. They are very easy to apply and maintain. Problem areas can be repaired with Xylene and when it comes time to recoat, you simply apply a fresh coat of sealer to a clean and dry surface.
Best Way to Apply a High Gloss Paver Sealer
As mentioned above, the applying the high gloss sealer is almost as important as choosing the best high gloss sealer.
- A high gloss will not be achieved on the first coat. Pavers are very porous and tend to soak up a lot of material. Thin even coats should be applied, and the coats should be spaced out 12-24 hours. A high gloss finish typically isn’t achieved until the second or third coat. Acrylic sealers are designed to remain breathable and are not considered to be high build coatings. While 2-3 coats are usually ok, anything more could cause issues such as delamination.
- Pavers should be completely dry during the time of application. Once the pavers have been cleaned they should be allowed 24-48 hours to dry. If a high gloss sealer is applied to wet or damp pavers, or pavers that have not been given enough time to dry, the sealer will delaminate and turn white.
- It doesn’t matter if you use a roller or sprayer to apply the high gloss sealer so long as thin, even coats are applied. Brushes can be used but you need to make sure you are applying nice even coats so that you don’t end up with streaks in the cured coating.
- Acrylic sealers can be applied over polymeric sand and to grout, but they will not hold loose sand in place. If the pavers are separated by loose sand, sealer should be applied only to the pavers and not to the sand.
- Acrylic sealers should be applied in the later afternoon to late evening when the pavers have had time to cool from being exposed to the sun.
- Pavers should be kept dry for at least 24-48 hours after the acrylic sealer has been applied to allow for proper curing.