The age-old question… What’s better? Water-based or Acrylic-based.
Water-based sealers and acrylic-based sealers are both types of sealers that are used to protect and enhance the appearance of various surfaces, such as concrete, brick, and wood. However, they are different in a few key ways.
Water-based sealers are made from a water-based emulsion of polymers. They are typically clear or slightly cloudy in colour and dry to a clear or translucent finish. They are known for being easy to use, quick-drying, low in odour, and easy to clean up with water. They also tend to be environmentally friendly, with little or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emissions. They are suitable for both interior and exterior use, and for a wide range of surfaces.
Acrylic-based sealers, on the other hand, are made from a solution of acrylic polymers in a solvent. They dry to a clear, glossy finish and are more durable and resistant to wear and tear than water-based sealers. They are also more resistant to UV rays and chemicals, making them suitable for exterior use. They tend to be more resistant to yellowing over time and they can be used to enhance the colour of the surface. Acrylic sealers typically have a stronger odour than water-based sealers and are more flammable. Clean-up is typically done with solvents.
Both types of sealers have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice will depend on the specific application and the surface that needs to be sealed.