We have a walkway made of holland pavers that we have decided are too light
in color, sort of a faded tan. We'd like to darken it a bit to go better
with the house color. Has anyone had experience with any particular brands
of coatings for this purpose. I've heard that acrylics are used.
There are both acrylic and solvent based sealers available. In some
area, because of air polution restrictions, only the acrylic are sold.
None of the sealers I've seen add color, they only seal the surface
and add a slick or glossy type of look. I have stamped concrete and
use acrylic on that to preserve the colored finish. I think the
solvent based sealers look better and last longer. Pavers maintain
their color and finish far better, in fact, that is one of the main
If you want to change the color, I think you're in for trouble, as the
only way to do that is with some type of stain or paint. And that
will require recoating every couple years. Unless the color was
really bad, I wouldn't do it.
We've pretty well come to that conclusion also after talking with the
manufacturer of the pavers. His recommendation was to use a clear water
based acrylic coating. The surface and original color would be protected.
Use of a clear solvent based acrylic would do the same, but it would impart
a gloss which we didn't want.
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