How to Reseal Concrete Stamping How to Reseal Concrete Stamping
It is important to reseal concrete stamping as part of a regular maintenance routine. An area with concrete stamping should be resealed every two to three years. Reseal every two years if there is heavy traffic. Or, reseal every three years, if there is lighter foot traffic. The process of resealing is easy and will keep the concrete looking new.
Step 1 – Clean the Concrete Stamping
It is important to clean the surface before you seal it because you do not want to seal in the dirt. Sealing in dirt look bad and could lead to peeling. A simple way to clean the concrete stamping is with a hose or power wash. Simply attach it to a tap and spray it onto the concrete. This will get rid of most of the dirt, such as soil that may have been blown onto the concrete.
Step 2 – More Cleaning
Now that the concrete stamping is clean with water, you can use specialized products to get the rest of the dirt off. The dirt that might be left includes oily and greasy substances that create a barrier to water. Mix a solution of TSP and water. Using a brush, scrub away any oil and other stubborn substances. Once the concrete is clean, give it another cleaning with the hose or power wash to get rid of any product trace. Let the area dry thoroughly.
Step 3 – Test the Sealant
The previous layer of seal will still be present and you will have patches with a seal on, and patches that do not. Choose a section of the stamped concrete where the sealant joins a non-sealed area and test the sealant. You want to check that the sealant produces a uniform finish.
Step 4 – Apply the Sealant
When applying the sealant, work from one corner of the concrete stamping area to the diagonally opposite corner. If you are sealing a driveway, it is best to work from the bottom of your driveway to the top of your driveway. You can use a paint roller and roll the sealant onto the stamped concrete. Alternatively, you can put the solution into a garden sprayer and spray the area.
Step 5 – Watch the Clock
Allow the sealant to dry for at least 48 hours before you use the concrete stamping again. Also, be sure to complete this job in good weather, rather than when there is a high chance of rain to help the drying process.
Step 6 – Maintenance
In order to properly maintain your work, sprinkle sand on the patio during the winter months. This will help to prevent the sealant from ice damage. Also, if there is an oil leak, you should add sawdust or cat litter over it. The sand will absorb any residue before it stains the concrete stamping.