The Difference Between Solvent and Water Based Sealers

The Difference Between Solvent and Water Based Sealers

Jamie from Rodaux Surface Care describes in detail the difference between solvent and water based sealers.

Drawing from his vast experience he showcases how the technology is evolving to become smarter, greener but also explain the difference between solvent and water based sealers  in terms of their ability to penetrate surfaces, safety and environmental impact.

Solvent Based Sealer

Solvent based sealers have a better penetration over a water based sealers. They also soak into the stone or tile much quicker, making the time to dry completely much less compared to a water based sealer. Solvent based sealers are better for dense surfaces as they are more aggressive, so use a solvent based on surfaces such as porcelain, granite and marble.

However, solvent based sealers are hazardous chemicals. You must wear the proper personal protective equipment when using a solvent based sealer – gloves, long sleeves and pants, and a respirator. You must also ensure the area is clear of people and animals and well ventilated. Make sure you also don’t spray on windy days if doing outdoor work, as you wouldn’t want to accidentally spray an area that shouldn’t receive any solvent sealing product.

Water Based Sealer

Compared to its solvent based counterpart, water based sealers take much longer to absorb into the stone or tile. It’s a significantly less aggressive type of sealer and so takes much longer to penetrate the material, and to dry. As it’s less aggressive, water based sealers work best on surface that are more porous, such as tile grout and concrete.

It’s also much safer to use for you and for the environment. Should you spill some on your skin or near a draining area, simply use water to wash and flush away. Always check the instructions on the product you are using from proper cleaning procedures.

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