There are several issues that can occur when it comes to applying concrete sealers. Often, concrete sealers tend to turn cloudy, white, develop blotches and blisters and become wet. How, then, do you fix cloudy concrete sealers?
In order to fix cloudy concrete sealer, you will need to either apply a new coat or use chemicals such as acetone or xylene plus a cloth or brush. The method you'll need to use does depend on whether the concrete sealer is water based, solvent based or stamped.
There are, of course, several steps and nuances involved when it comes to actually carrying out these processes. You can read through the following sections to find out more about this.
Table of Contents
- How to Fix Cloudy Concrete Sealer
- Causes of Cloudy Concrete Sealers
- Frequently Asked Questions
How to Fix Cloudy Concrete Sealer
Fixing cloudy concrete sealer involves several methods that you can successfully use. However, this tends to depend on what kind of concrete sealer was used in the first place. Whether you used a water-based, solvent-based or stamped concrete sealer, you will need to follow slightly different methods to solve the issue.
Let’s take a look at these solutions.
Water Based Concrete Sealer
If you used a water-based concrete sealer, there might be cloudiness and whiteness due to excess moisture in the air or extreme temperatures. In order to fix a water-based concrete sealer, you can use the following methods:
Solvent Based Concrete Sealer
For solvent-based concrete sealers, you will notice issues like cloudiness as well as potential bubbles on them. There are a few solutions to these issues:
Stamped Concrete Sealer Cloudy
There are several reasons that could make a stamped concrete sealer cloudy. Depending on the reason, you can fix the issues in a few different ways.
Causes of Cloudy Concrete Sealers
Cloudy concrete sealers might occur due to various causes. Let’s take a look at some of these in this section.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is My Concrete Sealer Blotchy?
Your concrete sealer might appear blotchy, rough and irregular if you applied the sealer on concrete that was not yet fully dry. Newly applied concrete tends to be acidic in nature. For this reason, the sealer you apply must be compatible with it otherwise it might become uneven.
If you applied the concrete sealer excessively or roughly, it could cause blotches as well.
In order to fix this issue, you can simply apply xylene to the sealer and use a brush or cloth to even everything out. This will work for solvent-based sealers at any time but for water-based ones only within the first two days of application. Beyond two days, you will need to strip the sealer off fully.
Why Does Stamped Concrete Turn White?
Stamped concrete can turn white due to a multitude of reasons. These include the following.
What Happens If Concrete Sealer Gets Wet?
If the concrete sealer gets wet before it is completely dry, then it can cause the sealer to become white and cloudy. It could also lead to flakes occurring on the sealer. In this case, you can either try to use acetone or xylene to fix the issue or you can strip it off fully.
If the water level is too high (for instance, when it is raining), then it is also possible for your moist concrete sealer to completely wash off the concrete since it is not yet dry or cured enough to stay in place.
In order to avoid this, you must make it a point to only apply sealer when the weather outside is favorable enough.
What If My Sealer Turns Yellow In Color?
There are several sealers that might not be resistant to the strong ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. As a result of this, they might become yellow in color due to the continuous presence of these rays.
The only way that you can fix this issue is by stripping the sealer off or waiting for it to come off on its own. You can then apply a sealer of better quality.