This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
How To Restore your Brick Pavers Properly
Concrete Sealer Review continues to be a trusted source for concrete and brick paver sealer professional tips and advice since 1993. Here we have an updated tutorial on how to restore your brick pavers so they look like new. If you have restored brick pavers or have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below.
Landscaping with brick pavers is a great way to increase your home’s curb appeal. Brick pavers come in many different sizes, colors, shapes, and textures. They are versatile and can be used for many different applications. With pavers, your own imagination is the limit. The downside, if there is one, is that brick pavers do require some maintenance. If brick pavers are not maintained they can fade, discolor, and be overwhelmed by weeds and moss.
If your brick pavers have been neglected do not fear; they can be restored. How to restore brick pavers is a common question. Without the proper knowledge, it can seem like a daunting task. But knowing how can revive their color and appearance and bring some appeal back to your home’s exterior.
The brick pavers should first be cleaned using a detergent or concrete cleaner. For the best results use a pressure washer to blast away all the dirt, grime, moss, weeds, and so on. Rinse them well and allow the area to dry for several days. If your pavers need new joint sand this is the next step. After the brick pavers have dried pour polymeric sand on the surface and fill in the cracks using a push broom. Use a leaf blower to clear away any excess sand. Mist the pavers with water to help pack the sand and lock in the pavers. Now let them dry for another day.
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Once dry a second time they are now ready for sealer. Use a brick paver sealer that fits your needs. A matte finish will not alter the brick paver’s appearance but will help solidify the sand keeping out unwanted weeds and also protect the pavers from weathering. A wet look sealer can brighten the pavers and give a very glossy finish while providing protection in the same manner. Knowing how to restore brick pavers will give you the confidence you need to bring them back to life and get professional results.
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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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I used a sealer multiple times but it left a white haze in the pavers. Any ideas how to restore them?
You will need to strip it off fully: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/how-to-strip-a-paver-sealer/
The reseal with a sealer that will not turn white.
I live in New Orleans’ French Quarter, where my old brick pavers are constantly exposed to moisture. What is the best way to seal and protect them?
You would want a concrete water repellent. Try one of these:
Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellents https://www.concretesealerreview.com/masonrysaver-heavy-duty-water-repellent-review/
Pressure wash to clean.
Much appreciated, thanks.
Neighbor applied Thompson’s Water Seal one year ago and the only evidence of it that remains this year is some slightly darker patches here and there that run for a few feet in locations along his very sizeable brick paver patio. 95% of his pavers appear unaffected. Should I suggest a brick/concrete cleaner before applying super seal 30, or just go over top? His concern is whether the SS30 will highlight the existing streaks.
If it all looks even when wet with water, then you should be okay ot use the SS30.