Rain ruined my patio!
October 7, 2009 5:58 PM Subscribe
DIY-Disaster Filter: I sealed my new (expensive) concrete patio with water based sealant. Followed the directions by cleaning it the day prior and waiting 24 hours for it to dry completely. Just as I was finishing my first coat it started to rain unexpectedly. Help me fix it!
posted by shew to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
I stopped applying any sealant once it started to rain and hoped it would be dry enough (it was dry to the touch) to be 'ok'. Well, two days later, I cleaned it and am noticing that the water is still seeping through in areas and making it dark (indicating absorption and a bad seal). I also have one or two areas that appear to have moisture trapped under the sealant as they are dark and splotchy (near the downspout where the water was running just after it was sealed).
Is there anything I can do to make this better? I think it needs a second coat of sealant but am unsure of how to proceed now that the first coat has failed. Am I destined to stripping it and starting over? If so, what is the best recommendation for that procedure?
Here are some photos of it right after I wet it down:
The stamp color was a light tan and a cream colored release (the cream in the photo is the release color, not over-application of sealant).