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What is the best sealer to use for a resin bound aggregate driveway?

Posted in Driveway, FAQ, Resin Stone, Sealants, water based   

This question was asked by
Graham Felton

Hi I have a resin surface driveway. The stones are coming loose more often. Could you tell me what sealer I would need and the best application kind regards Graham

Hi Graham

The only sealers I ever recommend using on Resin bound stone are our water based sealers (linked below).

Solvent based sealers, if over applied can cause the resin bound stone to lift and ultimately break up, using the water based you will never have this issue, regardless of how much you apply.

http://www.adseal.info/WB-34-ECO-Friendly-Gloss-Sealer.html

http://www.adseal.info/WB-25-Eco-Friendly-Satin-Finish-Sealer.html
Drew Palin

Is it okay to seal if the surface is damp?

Posted in Block Paving, External Sealants, FAQ, Rain, Solvents, water based   

Adseal eXtreme Water Based Sealer

eXtreme, our water-based acrylic/PU hybrid Sealer has been designed with a unique formula allowing it to be applied onto damp surfaces.

Modern water based hybrids are very hard wearing and Eco friendly – safe, non hazardous, low odour, etc..

It’s all in the formula and with clever blending of a range of resins combined with years of practical experience we have developed a product that performs exceptionally well specifically for use on damp surfaces.

Adseal Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP

If you are worried about a shower arriving later in the day, then try Adseal SP a  solvent based sealer designed to be less susceptible to rain spotting than other sealers.

Again it’s all in the formula plus years of practical experience, enabled us to develop a product that provides outstanding performance and has an exceptional ability to cope with rain spotting – we have many anecdotal reports of rain showers arriving either shortly after or just before sealing is finished and there being literally no sign of rain spotting – and if there is it’s simple to remove it.

What if it rains unexpectedly during sealing?

 

Can I apply sealer if it is forecast to rain that day?

Posted in Block Paving, External Sealants, FAQ, Patio, Rain, water based   

Clearly avoid rain if you can but, because rain can catch you unawares you should be using one of these two.

Adseal Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP

A solvent based sealer designed to be less susceptible to rain spotting than other sealers.

It’s all in the formula and with clever blending of a range of resins combined with years of practical experience, we have developed a formula that provides outstanding performance and has an exceptional ability to cope with rain spotting – we have many anecdotal reports of rain showers arriving either shortly after or just as sealing is finished and there being literally no sign of rain spotting – and if there is, then it’s easy to remove it.

Adseal eXtreme Water Based Sealer

The other option is using our water-based acrylic/PU hybrid Sealer with a unique recipe allowing it to be applied onto damp surfaces – such as just after a rain shower

Modern water based hybrids are very hard wearing and Eco friendly – safe, non hazardous, low odour, etc..

Again it’s all in the formula plus years of practical experience which has enabled us to develop a product that performs exceptionally well  for use on damp surfaces

 

Is it okay to seal if the surface is damp?

Colours with Concrete Advantages

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, Concrete, Driveway, Patio, Paving, Stone, water based   

WHEN IT COMES TO COLOURING CONCRETE SURFACES LIKE PATIOS AND DRIVEWAYS, NOT ALL PRODUCTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. MICHAEL PALIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT ADSEAL, EXPLAINS MORE.

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With summer now upon us, many homeowners are looking at their driveways, patios and other paved areas with a view to realising improvements.

For some, it might be case of breathing new life into an old concrete surface where time, traffic and the good old British weather may have taken their toll.

For others, it could be a desire to realise something more creative such as a picture, a pattern or another design feature, possibly inspired by the numerous interior design and gardening programmes now on TV.

Whatever the motivation, there are different ways of achieving the same goal.

Paint. Best known but is it best suited?

Paint is a widely used solution for colouring or recolouring concrete surfaces in the UK. But just because it’s a common choice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice.

Certainly paint has its attractions. It’s cost-effective for a start both in terms of product pricing and the labour costs needed to install it.

In fact, paints tend to be fairly low odour and fairly low in their use of hazardous chemicals meaning they can be applied by the untrained user.

Paint also comes in an enormous range of colours and those colours are usually predictable. Putting that another way, the colour you see in the tin is the colour you’ll end up with on your driveway, patio or paved area.

Paint does have its drawbacks however. These stem largely from the fact that paint doesn’t permeate the substrate it’s being applied to. Instead it adheres to its surface.

As a result, paint can be prone to cracking, peeling and flaking. It can also fade over time.

Plus, while paint can be used for some detailing type applications, there are other alternatives out there better suited to the task.

Related posts – Acid Etching and Chemical Stains, Water Based Colour Stains.

 

Water Based Stains. A New Choice – A Better Choice?

Posted in Colouring, Concrete, Paving, water based   

A third and lesser-known way to colour or recolour concrete is to use water based stains.

Adseal BMN 4

Water based stains cost a little more than paint or acid based chemical stains but their benefits are arguably worth it. They also offer some of the lowest installation costs of all.

Like an acid based stain, water based stains permeate the concrete to leave a permanent colour that won’t chip, flake or fade. Unlike acid based chemical stains however they do not contain any hazardous chemicals making them better for the environment as well as safe to use by unskilled labour.

Water based stains also give off virtually zero odour and are completely predictable. The colour you see in the tin is the colour you’ll end up with. The colour choices are almost infinite too. You can even mix colours to achieve a very specific shade or hue.

Adseal BMN 3

Water based stains can also be used to create all manner of effects, such as the veins of marble or the aged and weathered appearance of slates or tiles. In addition they can be used to replicate acid etching or on previously acid etched surfaces to completely eliminate any blotches.

Finally, water based stains were originally developed with detailing work in mind. As a result, they can be used to create intricate patterns and designs like logos, house names and house numbers with the help of a stencil.

Water based stains may be a new choice on the UK market but to Adseal – a business with over 45 years of surface protection and concrete colouring experience – they are a better choice. That’s why we have developed one of the biggest ranges in the UK.

Once the trade professional or homeowner has experienced the benefits of water based stains for themselves, we’re confident they’ll be equally converted.

Related posts – Acid Etching and Chemical Stains, Colours with Concrete Advantages.

Whats your delivery time ?

Posted in Block Paving, Concrete, Driveway, External Sealants, Internal Sealants, Moss and Algae, Oil Stains, Patio, Paving, Resin Stone, Solvents, Tarmac, water based   

Delivery is usually 2-5 days

Is your Sealer oil based or an acrylic?

Posted in Block Paving, Concrete, Driveway, External Sealants, Internal Sealants, Paving, Solvents, water based   

This is a common question but one based upon historical inaccuracies – the explanation is quite complex but here goes

The Resin component in the sealer

This is a solid and requires a solvent to dissolve it – this allows the resin to be spread over the surface and once the solvent has evaporated the resin dries to a solid coating to protect the surface. The most common resins used on paving, in order of popularity, are

  1. acrylics
  2. polyurethanes

So what is oil based?

Solvent Component in the sealants

The solvent in which the resin is dissolved can either be an oil based derivative (such as xylene) or can be water based – and both Acrylics and Polyurethanes can now be oil or water based, and we supply all of these options.

But years ago the common description for a polyurethane was oil based

History of Sealants

50 years and more ago polyurethanes using an oil-based solvent were popular because they were hard wearing – and, in truth, there was little in the way of alternatives for outdoor use.

During the housing boom of the ‘60s paint manufacturers developed a water-based acrylic paint for speedy application and quick drying which, to compound the problem, was applied to the poorly seasoned timber used during this boom period – resulting in very poor performance

and that is how acrylics got a bad reputation

Modern Acrylic resins (of which there are hundreds) can be as hard as polyurethanes and are now vastly improved and available either as oil based or water-based products both with excellent performance

The term oil based has now generally been dropped and it is now common practice to describe oil-based sealers as solvent based as opposed to water-based and both are regularly used by trade professionals and specified by Architects

The Choices

Water or Solvent based Sealants

Water-based is virtually smell free and only has a slight colour enhancing effect whereas solvent based does have a solvent smell but imparts an improved sheen and colour enhancing effect on your block paving, concrete or stone surface

The trade professionals tend to prefer solvent based whereas professional architects, who are very eco-friendly, tend to choose water-based.

Acrylic or PU

Acrylics and polyurethanes used on driveways are both similar in strength and longevity but the drawback with polyurethane is that you cannot ‘touch up’ areas that are starting to wear as it will not bond to itself so has to be stripped off before refurbishment can take place.

On the other hand acrylics are capable of cross-linking which means that a further coats applied on top of the original coat will bond to the first code and simply add thickness.

With the long-term in mind the vast majority of driveways and now sealed with acrylic

The most popular sealer for driveways (by a huge margin) are solvent based acrylics such as our Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer

What is the difference between solvent based & water based sealants?

Posted in External Sealants, Internal Sealants, water based   

This is a common question. Sealers are basically finely ground resin solids diluted in a solvent. The solvent is usually an oil based derivative. More recent technological developments have allowed water to be used as an eco friendly alternative solvent which perform just as well as their oil based alternatives.

What if my cat or dog walks through my recently coated driveway?

Posted in Driveway, Pets, water based   

If you are using a water based seal then it is not really a problem as the sealer is non hazardous and will only cause a mild aggravation to the animal. If however you are using a solvent based sealer then this can cause more of an issue.. The best way to avoid this is to keep and pets indoors until the sealer has fully cured!