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Applying a Paver Sealer Updated
As of 2023, we remain a go-to source for information on Brick Paver Sealers. See below for a guide on how to apply a paver sealer. If you have any questions as to the best type of paver sealer for your project, please ask below in our Q&A area. We are here to help!
Exterior landscape pavers are extremely popular because of their versatility and beautiful appearance. They can be used as walkways, driveways, patios, garden paths, and so on. Some larger pavers that resemble a concrete block can be stacked up in a staggered pattern to create landscape and retaining walls. With many choices of sizes, colors, shapes, and textures the sky is the limit. However, pavers should be sealed to preserve their color and integrity.
Brick Paver Sealer Application
Knowing how to apply a paver sealer is the key to getting professional results. The first step in sealing pavers is to wash the pavers to remove any dirt buildup and grime. You will also need to blast away any sand joints so they can be replaced. Weeds and moss should also be removed. A pressure washer and concrete cleaner are ideal. Once the pavers are completely cleaned and have dried out for several days a new paver sealer can be applied. If your paver area has sand joints you will need to replace the sand prior to sealing. If not then you can move on to sealing the pavers.
The best way to replace the sand joints is to pour polymeric sand on the surface and fill the gaps using a push broom. Do this until all the joints are filled and then use a leaf blower to get rid of the excess sand dust. Next, mist water on the paver surface to slightly wet the area. This helps lock in the sand. Allow the surface to dry once again for a day or so. You are now ready to apply the paver sealer. It is best to use a solvent-based type of paver sealer. These types of sealers reportedly look better and last longer than other sealers such as acrylic-based types.
Paver sealers can be applied using a pump-up sprayer, roller, or brush. Apply the paver sealer according to the directions. Work in small areas at a time and apply the sealer evenly. Using a brush to cut in edges and rolling or spraying the larger open areas seems to work best. It is important not to over-apply the paver sealer. More is not always the better case. Coat the surface just enough to allow the sealer to penetrate and for the sand joints to solidify. Knowing how to apply a paver sealer will help protect your investment by giving your paver surfaces a long-lasting beautiful finish.
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As an article and comment contributor to the site, Scott has been around the pressure washing industry since attending college. In 1993 he started his first company called Oakland Pressure Wash specializing in exterior pressure washing, concrete sealing, and deck staining. That company evolved into OPW L.L.C. shortly thereafter concentrating more on exterior restoration. Scott and his restoration Michigan company have restored over 10,000 projects in the Metro Detroit area since the early years. He has become an authority in the restoration industry and has contributed to numerous restoration forums and informative sites.
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Best sealer to use on brick look colored stamped concrete that has been in place for 20 years with many coats of sealer over the years. Non of which have held up recently. We live in North West Arkansas. Thanks
Has the older sealer discolored? If so, you need to strip. Post pics for prep help.
what brand of pump sprayer do you recommend I don’t really want to spend a fortune on a sprayer so maybe there is a broader range of sprayers that can be used. Please make a recommendation
When spraying a solvent based paver sealer, you are very limited in what will work. Chapin 1949 Concrete Sealer Sprayer is our go-to.
How do you remove a film of sand from putting the polymeric sand between the joints. You can’t help but leave a haze on top before you mist. I’m fearful to seal it as it may turn white…any suggestions?
You have poly sand haze. Contact the manufacture of the sand for help on how to remove it.
What product do you recommend to clean pavers before applying sealer? We live in a new construction area and have some light paint splatters.
You will need toms kind of paint stripper to remove this.
I have heard some sealers will leave a white film on pavers when wet
Yes, some cheap brands will blush and turn white.
Great technique! Excited to test it out
Can a sprayer be used to apply Super Seal 30 or 25 or is it too thick? Any recommendations of a sprayer is appreciated.
You can spray the 25 but not the 30. You will need a heavy duty metal sprayer for the 25. A plastic sprayer will not work.
Can a sprayer be used to apply Super Seal 30 or 25 if so any recommendations of a sprayer?
Is outside temperature a problem?
Cannot be below 45.
Some good tips in this article, thank you for posting!
Hi, I tried to apply my solvent based wet look paver sealer to my pavers. However the plastic sprayer I was using clogged and then the hose burst spraying sealer EVERYWHERE!! My question is, what kind of sprayer would work better for this product? Does it need to be metal? Also how to I clean the sprayer afterwards? thanks.
Yes it should be metal. Chapin 1949 is what we use. Clean with xylene or lacquer thinner.
Chapin 1949 is good but sealers with acetone eventually damage them. Chapin produces an sprayer that takes care of that.
With solvent based it has to be rolled on. Only water based products can be sprayed on
That is not true. Numerous solvents based sealers can be sprayed on.
Very True I have been doing it for 15 years with the correct metal sprayer that can be used with solvents. They are just hard to find and can be costly.
Chapin 1949 sprayer works well.