Published Monday 9th of June 2014 // Updated Monday 30th of January 2017
Acrylic sealers are surface level sealers designed to bond to the surface of a concrete substrate to offer a comprehensive layer of protection. These sealers are not necessarily the best choice for all concrete applications, being more suited to give decorative finishes to concrete and masonry surfaces. These products come in two forms: solvent-based or water-based. The former typically lasts longer than the latter, though solvent-based sealers are increasingly prohibited by state regulations. Water-based sealers are better for the environment and significantly safer for you to apply, and are fast replacing solvent-based sealers for all applications.
In contrast to penetrating sealers and densifiers with their smaller particles of sealant, acrylic sealers will not penetrate past the surface of the concrete. Instead, the solution will pool on the surface of the concrete substrate to be spread out evenly during the process of application. After the requisite number of coats have been properly applied, the sealer will dry. Once dried, it will act similar to a raincoat on a human body: water will not be able to seep into the concrete through the acrylic barrier.
Cryli-Tek 5500 is a water based acrylic sealer that will leave concrete with a subtle matte finish, gently enhancing the concrete without excessive shine or slipperiness. The Cryli-Tek 5500 works as follows: it contains large particles of chemical sealant suspended in a water-based solution. The larger particles of sealant are important to its functioning, as it needs to remain on the surface of the concrete. The Cryli-Tek 5500 additionally offers excellent slip-resistance, which is especially important if you are sealing concrete pavers that surround, say, a pool deck. If you have decorative concrete whose color you want to preserve in the face of discoloration and damage from the sun, the Cryli-Tek 5500 is the perfect choice it provides excellent UV resistance and color stability, protecting your concrete from all of the elements and the negative side effects of being exposed to weather.
Cryli-Tek 5505 is a solvent based acrylic sealer that will leave concrete with a high gloss, wet look finish, enhancing the colors and textures of concrete, stamped concrete and masonry. The Cryli-Tek 5505 works as follows: it contains large particles of chemical sealant suspended in a solvent-based solution. The larger particles of sealant are important to its functioning, as it needs to remain on the surface of the concrete. The Cryli-Tek 5505 is an excellent choice for patios, stamped concrete driveways and pool decks. Because of the high gloss finish surfaces may become slippery when wet. A slip free additive can be added to the sealer to reduce the slipperiness and add a grit texture to the concrete to aid in slip resistance.