- These sealers are water based or solvent based. Some are penetrating and others are topical Water based sealers range from medium duty to heavy duty.
- Solvents are generally heavy duty but carry an odor.
- Some solvents enhance color.
- Penetrating sealers soak into the surface while topical sealers form a film or coating on top.
- These sealers are similar to the stone sealers, carrying very similar descriptions.
- These sealers are both penetrating and topical.
- Generally these sealers are covered with a type of finish (for interior use).
- Sealers for exterior use are recommended by many.
- Each manufacturer states specific instructions for usage.
- Finishes for stone generally stay on top of the stone and will require routine maintenance. These are generally referred to as a “dressing” of some sort. It is also common to only seal a stone and maintain the surface of the stone without a top dressing. Always refer to labels and instructions when deciding on a system.
- Generally grout is not finished, only sealed. In an application with an unglazed tile, the grout will become finished as the unglazed tile is sealed and then finished.
- Finishes are generally applied to these types of surfaces to protect the sealer and to increase the sheen. There are some “one-step” systems available to eliminate this second procedure. Always seek recommendations from professional people who understand your needs.