Wet look paver sealers are designed to make pavers look wet. They darken the surface of the pavers and bring out any dull and faded coloring. They also help to extend the life of the pavers by reducing damage and deterioration caused by water absorption and surface abrasion.
There is only one type of wet look sealer that will truly make pavers look wet and that is a solvent based acrylic sealer. The resins in the solvent based acrylic darken the surface of the pavers, making them look wet. Water based acrylic sealers will provide a gloss, but they are unable to darken the surface of the pavers like solvent based acrylic sealers do.
Wet Look Paver Sealers Reviews
- 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)
Best Methods for Applying a Wet Look Sealer to Pavers
Pavers are very porous and for that reason, how you apply a paver sealer will contribute to how successful the paver sealer is. A few things to keep in mind when applying a wet look paver sealer to pavers:
- Paver sealers should be applied to clean and dry pavers. If the pavers were cleaned with water or a pressure washer, they should be allowed at least 24-48 hours to dry. Acrylic sealers are sensitive to moisture. Applying a wet look sealer to pavers that aren’t completely dry may result in delamination (white haze).
- Pavers should be applied in the late afternoon-early evening when the pavers have had a chance to cool down from exposure to the UV rays. If a paver sealer is applying when the surface is still hot, bubbling and blistering may occur.
- Acrylic sealers are not high build coatings which means you want to be careful not to over apply them. Acrylic sealers are designed to remain breathable. Apply thin, even coats.
- A wet look is not always achieved with the first coat. In many cases, to achieve a consistent wet look finish, two coats are required.
- Space the coats out 12-24 hours. Pavers are very porous and applying the coats too close together will result in a reduced gloss level. By allowing the first coat to fully harden and cure, you force the second coat to bond to the first coat instead of being soaked into the pavers.
- If you are worried about the surface of the pavers being slippery when wet, considering adding a non slip additive into the top coat.