Tips for Removing Moisture from Acrylic Concrete Sealer


The easiest method of removing moisture from acrylic sealant is by using solvents. By using acrylic concrete sealer your concrete’s surface would be protected from any penetration of moisture. However, you must be careful that if you apply the sealer improperly, it will not be able to fully block the attack of moisture but end up trapping the moisture beneath the coating. If you do not resolve this issue, it will result to the growth of an unpleasant, chalky film which normally comes with white color. Acrylic sealers are normally vulnerable when encountering the above problem causing your acrylic coatings to crack enabling moisture to easily enter the concrete.

To remove moisture from acrylic concrete sealer, you need:

  • Hair dryer or space heater
  • Solvent
  • Spray bottle
  • Paint roller
  • Acrylic sealer remover
  • Pressure washer
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Concrete sealer

Removing Moisture from Acrylic Concrete Sealer

Tips for Removing Moisture from your Concrete Sealer

  • First thing that you need to do is to apply heat to the area affected by moisture.
    • This method can be done depending on the level of moisture that has penetrated into the sealer.
    • The moisture can be evaporated without the need for you to change the sealer’s properties.
    • Direct heat which includes a space heater can be applied onto the moisture as well as using a hair dryer.


You only need to mist the solvents over the affected surface of your concrete and some of the suitable type of solvent which includes Acetone, Xylene or MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone). In order to spread out the sealer film and removing any excess material, you need to do back rolling.

  • Next step is to take an empty spray bottle and pour a commercial solvent into it.
    • Then, you need to mist it in a careful manner over the concrete especially on the area affected by the moisture.
    • Some of the most effective commercial solvent available in the market is acetone, xylene and methyl ethyl ketone. Make sure that you spray the solution lightly in order to avoid the concrete being soaked by the solvent.
  • Then, take your paint roller so that you would be able to evenly distribute the solvent over your concrete sealer.
    • You will notice that the solvent will temporarily soften the affected area on the sealer and allow any moisture to evaporate.
    • Once the solvent dries, the sealer will re-harden by itself. However, if the moisture still remains on the sealer. The action that you should take is to strip the sealer and then reseal back the concrete.
  • The next step is for you to apply a coat of acrylic sealer remover onto the surface of your concrete.
    • Then, allow the acrylic sealer remover to absorb the sealer for a few minutes before you can proceed to use a high-powered spray nozzle from a pressure washer in order to blast away any remaining residue using warm water.
  • Use a mild soap for cleaning the concrete along with water. This is to allow the affected area to dry completely before you can start to apply a new concrete sealer.
    • You will find that some sealers can be used by spraying onto the concrete while others can just be rolled on the surface.
    • Make sure that you read the instruction provided by the product’s manufacturer in order to determine the product’s optimal application method.

Always bear in mind that sealer can only be applied right after your concrete has dried thoroughly.

Always remember that whenever you want to remove moisture from your acrylic concrete sealer,

  • Try to avoid any moisture related issues by using a sealer that comes with solid content of less than 25% and then apply it thinly using a spray.

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