Sealing pavers yourself

Sealing and Cleaning Brick Pavers

Across the country, pavers are quickly gaining popularity for use in all types of outdoor projects. Driveways, sidewalks, patios, pool decks and retaining walls are just a few examples of their versatility. Unfortunately, many hardscape contractors have marketed pavers as a "maintenance free" alternative to concrete and other surfaces. Even though paver construction is quite durable, it is far from maintenance free. Over time, water, moisture, salts and erosion can cause big problems for pavers.

Sealing your pavers will protect and enhance the color of your pavers while stopping water and salt damage to the surface. Certain sealers can also seal and stabilize the sand joints between the pavers, reducing erosion of the sand and weed growth. Efflorescence is also a big problem with pavers. It is caused by moisture moving through the paver and dissolving the natural salts and minerals inside. A paver sealer will greatly reduce water penetration and can often stop the effects of efflorescence completely.

Paver hardscape cleaning and sealing

Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers are produced in an endless number of colors, sizes and compositions. Most are made with gray cement and colored with integral pigments added to the mix. These are the most common type of brick pavers used in outdoor hardscapes such as paver patios, paver driveways and paver sidewalks. Sealing your pavers will protect the pavers and sand joints, while making cleaning much easier. We have sealers available to enhance the color and provide a beautiful wet look, as well as penetrating sealers that protect while leaving a completely natural appearance. Most paver sealers are compatible with most clean, un-sealed concrete pavers, but if your pavers have been previously sealed, you should always test for compatibility before application.

Paver Cleaning and Preparation

- As with all projects, proper preparation is the MOST important step! Before a protective treatment can be applied, any non-compatible existing sealers MUST be removed and the surface completely cleaned and de-greased to ensure adhesion and penetration. In most cases, a thorough pressure washing is all that is needed before sealing pavers that are still in good condition. If your pavers have an existing sealer that has failed, turned white, looks milky or is incompatible with the new sealer you want to use, you will need to remove the old sealer before re-sealing. In many cases the cleaning process will also remove the majority of the sand in the joints between the pavers. These sand joints are an important structural part of the paver construction and should ALWAYS be re-sanded before sealing.

>> Recommended Cleaning Products
Price: $45.20

F9 BARC Rust, Acid and Fertilizer Stain Remover
Removes tough rust, battery acid and fertilizer stains from Concrete, Pavers, Brick, Vinyl Siding and many other surfaces. 1 Gallon.

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Price: $46.50

F9 Efflorescence and Calcium Remover
Quickly removes efflorescence, calcium, calcium carbonate and hard water stains from concrete, pavers, brick and more. 1 Gallon.

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Price: $5.00 - $229.56

Nock-Off Industrial Coating and Sealer Stripper.
Easily removes concrete sealers, paints, epoxies, urethanes and many other coatings. Environmentally safe and easy to use. 1 or 5 gallons.

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Price: $47.59 - $195.44

Surfkoat Concrete Cleaner / De-greaser.
Professional Strength Citrus Based Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser. Concentrated and Economical! 1 or 5 gallons.

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- WARNING - "Wet Look" Solvent Based Acrylic Sealers

- These are nothing more than acrylic concrete sealers that have been re-marketed as a "paver" sealers. You should avoid this type of product at all cost. Although this type of sealer may make your pavers look wet and shiny the day it's applied, this beauty is usually quickly replaced by disaster. Pavers are a unique substrate that is designed to be porous. This porous nature, combined with the fact that they are sitting in a bed of sand makes moisture a big issue for pavers. Solvent-based acrylics are not designed to hold up to these high levels of moisture. In fact, they are actually very moisture sensitive and can quickly fail or turn white or milky if applied to pavers with a high level of moisture. Please do yourself a favor and ignore the fake "review sites" just trying to market the products they sell.

 

Seal-n-Lock Paver Sealers

- The Seal-n-Lock System is so unique that it demands it's own category. These products are specifically designed to address the demands of paver sealing. There are two products in the SnL System, both work great on concrete pavers.

Seal-n-Lock Super Wet - This pure urethane is the next generation of wet-look paver sealers. Although slightly more expensive than the simple acrylics described above, this type of paver sealer is superior in almost every way. Urethanes are two-component products that chemically harden like an "epoxy" after you mix part:A and Part:B together. This makes them much harder, more durable and chemical resistant than simple acrylics. Urethanes are also UV stable and will never turn yellow due to UV exposure. Since these urethanes are also water-based, they offer much easier and safer application, without the need for rollers, pans and flammable solvents. So far, we have only found one of these urethanes that performs to our standards, Seal-n-Lock SuperWet. SuperWet comes in a concentrate form, applies easily by sprayer, is legal for sale in all 50 states and is compatible for use over many types of existing sealers. SuperWet can also be applied to damp pavers without the risk of turning white. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 3-4 years. Compared to solvent-based acrylics, these urethanes typically produce a thinner film and slightly lower gloss. Color can also be added directly to this sealer if a tinted application is needed or desired.

Seal-n-Lock Natural Luster - Natural Luster is a single component, urethane-modified-acrylic. It was designed specifically for situations demanding a high-performance sand-locking sealer, but without the color enhancement or wet-look. This sealer leaves a natural appearance with a soft matte finish. Natural Luster is also water-based and offers an easy, safe application, without the need for rollers, pans and flammable solvents. So far, we have only found one of these urethane-modified-acrylics that performs to our standards, Seal-n-Lock Natural Luster. Natural Luster comes in a concentrate form, applies easily by sprayer, is legal for sale in all states except CA, and is compatible for use over many types of existing sealers. Natural Luster can also be applied to damp pavers without the risk of turning white. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 3-4 years. Color can also be added directly to this sealer if a tinted application is needed or desired.

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Price: $5.00 - $249.00

SealnLock Natural Luster Paver Sealer
Seals, protects and stabilizes sand joints while leaving a natural finish and appearance. 5 gallons (concentrate makes 10 gallons of sealer!).

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Price: $5.00 - $295.00

SealnLock Super Wet Paver Sealer
Our Most Versatile Product! High-Performance Urethane Paver and Concrete Sealer. Extremely durable and easy to apply. 2 or 5 gallon kit. (concentrate makes up to 15 gallons of sealer!)

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Penetrating Paver Sealers

- This type of sealer penetrates into the surface, sealing out water and contaminates. Penetrating sealants work 100% below the surface to protect your pavers from within, while still remaining breathable. These sealers do not form a film or change the sheen of the surface. Some such as WB-75 and SB-100 leave a completely natural appearance, while others like Enhancer Shield provide color enhancement for more of that "wet look" many people desire. These are very popular for pool decks, sidewalk sealing and paver waterproofing since they do not become slippery when wet, and can never flake, peel or chip like film-forming sealers. These are very effective, long lasting and offer easy application and maintenance. The life-span and level of protection you get from this type of sealer will depend on the quality of the product you choose. Penetrating sealers should never be applied over an existing sealer, unless the previous sealer was a similar and compatible penetrating sealer. Penetrating sealers will not lock sand joints.

>> Recommended Products
Price: $5.00 - $142.80

SurfKoat WB 75 Penetrating Concrete Sealer
Invisible, Penetrating, Water Repellent Sealer for Concrete, Brick, Stone and Masonry. Protects against Water and Salt Damage. 1 or 5 Gallons.

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Price: $5.00 - $325.00

SB-100 Ultimate Penetrating Sealer
Ultra Performance Penetrating Sealer. Seals and Waterproofs Concrete, Stone, Brick, Pavers and More. 1 or 5 Gallons.

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Price: $5.00 - $240.00

SurfKoat Enhancer Shield Penetrating Sealer
Color Enhancing, Fully Penetrating Sealer for Concrete, Brick, Stone and Masonry. Beautifully Enhances Color While Protecting Against Water and Salt Damage. 1 or 5 Gallons.

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Clay paver cleaning, sealing and restoration

Clay Pavers

Clay or brick pavers are used in many of the same applications as concrete pavers, but are very different in composition. Clay pavers are made of hard, dense fired clay. They are less porous and their color is natural and permanent throughout. Unless you simply MUST HAVE a "wet look" sealer, we highly recommend only using penetrating sealers on clay paver applications.

Paver Cleaning and Preparation

- As with all projects, proper preparation is the MOST important step! Before a protective treatment can be applied, any non-compatible existing sealers MUST be removed and the surface completely cleaned and de-greased to ensure adhesion and penetration. In most cases, a thorough pressure washing is all that is needed before sealing pavers that are still in good condition. If your pavers have an existing sealer that has failed, turned white, looks milky or is incompatible with the new sealer you want to use, you will need to remove the old sealer before re-sealing. In many cases the cleaning process will also remove the majority of the sand in the joints between the pavers. These sand joints are an important structural part of the paver construction and should ALWAYS be re-sanded before sealing.

>> Recommended Cleaning Products
Price: $45.20

F9 BARC Rust, Acid and Fertilizer Stain Remover
Removes tough rust, battery acid and fertilizer stains from Concrete, Pavers, Brick, Vinyl Siding and many other surfaces. 1 Gallon.

Product Rating


Price: $46.50

F9 Efflorescence and Calcium Remover
Quickly removes efflorescence, calcium, calcium carbonate and hard water stains from concrete, pavers, brick and more. 1 Gallon.

Product Rating


Price: $5.00 - $229.56

Nock-Off Industrial Coating and Sealer Stripper.
Easily removes concrete sealers, paints, epoxies, urethanes and many other coatings. Environmentally safe and easy to use. 1 or 5 gallons.

Product Rating


Price: $47.59 - $195.44

Surfkoat Concrete Cleaner / De-greaser.
Professional Strength Citrus Based Concrete Cleaner and Degreaser. Concentrated and Economical! 1 or 5 gallons.

Product Rating


Penetrating Paver Sealers

- This is the type of sealer we recommend for most clay paver sealing applications. This type of sealer penetrates into the surface, sealing out water and contaminates. Penetrating sealants work 100% below the surface to protect your pavers from within, while still remaining breathable. These sealers do not form a film or change the sheen of the surface. Some such as WB-75 and SB-100 leave a completely natural appearance, while others like Enhancer Shield provide color enhancement for more of that "wet look" many people desire. These are very popular for pool decks, sidewalk sealing and paver waterproofing since they do not become slippery when wet, and can never flake, peel or chip like film-forming sealers. These are very effective, long lasting and offer easy application and maintenance. The life-span and level of protection you get from this type of sealer will depend on the quality of the product you choose. Penetrating sealers should never be applied over an existing sealer, unless the previous sealer was a similar and compatible penetrating sealer. Penetrating sealers will not lock sand joints.

>> Recommended Products
Price: $5.00 - $142.80

SurfKoat WB 75 Penetrating Concrete Sealer
Invisible, Penetrating, Water Repellent Sealer for Concrete, Brick, Stone and Masonry. Protects against Water and Salt Damage. 1 or 5 Gallons.

Product Rating


Price: $5.00 - $325.00

SB-100 Ultimate Penetrating Sealer
Ultra Performance Penetrating Sealer. Seals and Waterproofs Concrete, Stone, Brick, Pavers and More. 1 or 5 Gallons.

Product Rating


Price: $5.00 - $240.00

SurfKoat Enhancer Shield Penetrating Sealer
Color Enhancing, Fully Penetrating Sealer for Concrete, Brick, Stone and Masonry. Beautifully Enhances Color While Protecting Against Water and Salt Damage. 1 or 5 Gallons.

Product Rating


Seal-n-Lock Paver Sealers

- The Seal-n-Lock System is so unique that it demands it's own category. These products are specifically designed to address the demands of paver sealing. There are two products in the SnL System. Both typically perform well on most clay pavers, but care should always be taken to ensure compatibility and acceptable results.

Seal-n-Lock Super Wet - This pure urethane is the next generation of wet-look paver sealers. Although slightly more expensive than the simple acrylics described above, this type of paver sealer is superior in almost every way. Urethanes are two-component products that chemically harden like an "epoxy" after you mix part:A and Part:B together. This makes them much harder, more durable and chemical resistant than simple acrylics. Urethanes are also UV stable and will never turn yellow due to UV exposure. Since these urethanes are also water-based, they offer much easier and safer application, without the need for rollers, pans and flammable solvents. So far, we have only found one of these urethanes that performs to our standards, Seal-n-Lock SuperWet. SuperWet comes in a concentrate form, applies easily by sprayer, is legal for sale in all 50 states and is compatible for use over many types of existing sealers. SuperWet can also be applied to damp pavers without the risk of turning white. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 3-4 years.

Seal-n-Lock Natural Luster - Natural Luster is a single component, urethane-modified-acrylic. It was designed specifically for situations demanding a high-performance sand-locking sealer, but without the color enhancement or wet-look. This sealer leaves a natural appearance with a soft matte finish. Natural Luster is also water-based and offers an easy, safe application, without the need for rollers, pans and flammable solvents. So far, we have only found one of these urethane-modified-acrylics that performs to our standards, Seal-n-Lock Natural Luster. Natural Luster comes in a concentrate form, applies easily by sprayer, is legal for sale in all states except CA, and is compatible for use over many types of existing sealers. Natural Luster can also be applied to damp pavers without the risk of turning white. To maintain protection and appearance, this sealer should have a maintenance coat every 3-4 years.

>> Recommended Products
Price: $5.00 - $249.00

SealnLock Natural Luster Paver Sealer
Seals, protects and stabilizes sand joints while leaving a natural finish and appearance. 5 gallons (concentrate makes 10 gallons of sealer!).

Product Rating


Price: $5.00 - $295.00

SealnLock Super Wet Paver Sealer
Our Most Versatile Product! High-Performance Urethane Paver and Concrete Sealer. Extremely durable and easy to apply. 2 or 5 gallon kit. (concentrate makes up to 15 gallons of sealer!)

Product Rating


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