We're buying a home that has a stamped concrete driveway and
patio. The concrete was then painted with a brownish acid stain
and later sealed with a clear coat. The house and concrete will
be 4 years old this summer. I have never had this type of
concrete treatment in other homes and do not know how to maintain
For instance, the original, clear, sealer has deteriorated a bit
and now has a non-glossy finish in areas exposed to the sunshine
here in NV. My instinct is to first pressure wash the entire
drive and patio, let it dry, and then roll on some kind of clear
sealer to get the gloss back. Is that the proper way to do it?
What types of clear, glossy, sealers are recommended?
We have a stamped concrete driveway and two patios. The company that did the
installation recommends that re-sealing be done at least on a bi-annual
basis. The sealer is available at hardware stores and lumber yards. There
are two kinds. One is glossy and the other has a matt finish.
The application is to power wash the area thoroughly and let dry and then
apply the sealer with a paint roller (just like asphalt sealing). If needed,
the original colors can be brought back by applying the colored powder and
sealing over it. This process is best done by people that know what they are
I'd be carefull not to over do it with the power washer. The stamped
on color is only in the top surface of the concrete. It can stand up
to reasonable power washing, but I would only use as much forces as
For sealer, there are two kinds. Water based and solvent based. I've
used both and IMO there is no comparison. The solvent based ones last
longer and look much better. Problem is, you can't buy them in many
states, like most of the east coast due to EPA. If your lucky you
can find them in your state or order them online from a company that
doesn't know they can't be sold in certain states. I recommend Kure-
n-Seal. If you don't re-seal it every 2-3 years, the color will wear
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