What is the different between solvent-based acrylic sealers and water-based acrylic sealers?
Solvent based acrylic sealers last longer and perform better than water-based acrylic sealers. They leave a wet look, high gloss finish and can be used with matte additives and slip resistant additives. Solvent-based acrylic sealers will enhance the colors and textures of any substrate you apply them to. Water-based acrylic sealers leave a low sheen or satin finish and do not offer much color enahancement. Water-based sealers have lower VOC and are environmentally friendly products meeting VOC regulations in all 50 states.
Use a high quality, 3/8" nap roller to apply an even, thin coat. A second coat may be needed on porous, unsealed concrete. Over time if the finish begins to dull you can apply an additional coat without removing the first coat.
If you are looking for a high gloss, wet look finish sealer to enhance the colors and textures of concrete use the Cryli-Tek 5505. Guaranteed to outlast and outperform all other wet look sealers on the market, the Cryli-Tek 5505 is the most advanced decorative solution ever formulated; designed to provide an enhanced surface appearance. Cryli-Tek 5505 is specially formulated to seal decorative and residential concrete while enhancing the color of stamped concrete, exposed aggregate, and colored concrete pavers; giving these surfaces a deeper, richer appearance. Cryli-Tek 5505 gives concrete a high gloss finish that highlights the color and texture of surfaces. This product has an extremely fast set time and an unsurpassed stain resistance. The treated surfaces will not chip, flake, delaminate, breakdown or turn yellow with UV light exposure. If you are looking for a low sheen, satin finish sealer consider adding the Matting Agent 5000 to the Cryli-Tek 5505. The Matting Agent 5000 is mixed into the Cryli-Tek 5505 and will reduce the sheen to a low sheen or satin finish. If you are looking for a slip-resistant additive use the Grip-Tek 250. The Grip-Tek 250 is mixed into the Cryli-Tek 5505 and will add traction to make the concrete sealer less slippery when wet.
If you are worried about a high gloss, wet look concrete sealer being slippery when wet consider adding a slip-resistant additive to the solvent based acrylic sealer.
If you are looking for a water based acrylic concrete sealer use the Cryli-Tek 5500. We took all the best attributes of the 5505 - clear, non-yellowing, UV stable and made it into a satin finish water-based formulation. Although water based acrylic sealers do not peform as well as solvent based acrylic sealers, the Cryli-Tek 5500 is an excellent choice if you are looking for a slight satin enhancement with extremely low VOCs'.