This post was most recently updated on January 30th, 2023
Restore Color to Pavers
Concrete Sealer Review is back in 2023 with the latest tips and trends for your concrete and brick paver sealers. A common problem we hear about is when pavers lose their color over time. In this article, we tell you how to restore color to your pavers. If you have any suggestions for the best way to restore color to your pavers or have any questions, please comment below.
Brick pavers are a wonderful choice for many landscape designs. They are versatile and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. A new color paver design may be exactly what your property needs for increased curb appeal. But over time the paver color starts to inevitably fade and lose its appeal. Restoring them will bring back color to the pavers.
Restoring Color to Brick Pavers
Knowing how to restore color to pavers can increase their longevity and beauty. The first order of business is to wash the pavers using a brick paver or concrete cleaner. Use the cleaner as directed and for the best results use a pressure washer to rid the pavers of contaminants like dirt, grime, mold, and mildew. Clean up the pavers and rinse them well. Then allow them to dry for a day or two.
Once dry, the clean pavers can then be sealed. If your pavers require polymeric sand between the joints, pouring the sand on the pavers and filling the joints using a push broom can accomplish this. Once the joints are full of joint sand, use a leaf blower to clear off any leftover sand. Now you can seal the pavers and joint sand all at once. The paver sealer will help to restore color to the pavers and will solidify the joint sand to keep weeds and moss from growing between the pavers.
Choosing the right paver sealer will result in an enhanced look and restored color. The paver sealer can be applied using various methods but typically a garden-type pump sprayer works best. Evenly apply the sealer to the paver surface until it looks wet. Coat the entire surface using this method. A matte finish may not alter the appearance of the pavers but a wet look or gloss finish will help to darken the pavers and bring back some of their original colors.
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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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Good morning I need someone who can restore and sealed my paver
Maybe try a google search for a local contractor that does this work. We do not have a list of contractors around the country,
We live in Tampa Bay Florida and have 15+ year old pavers. We’ve had them sealed several times, but it has not help restore their color. When the pavers are dry there is no color to them. When they are wet the color is so vibrant. Is there anyway to bring back their color? I’ve attached two pictures. One is the pavers in the shade, which shows their original color. The other picture is of them in full sun. The color is all gone. Is there a color enhancer that would help?
No pics. Please attachd.
Here are the pictures
I did new pavers colours are different I couldn’t find same pavers
What you recommend to make a little bit similar looking
Sorry but not possible.
Hi, I have a bricks that surround a fountain that contains chlorine for algae control but it’s really faded the bricks. What can I do to help restore the natural color? Looking for a non gloss or flat stain or sealant? Thank you.
Try Supreme Shield SB-600.
What can cause rubdom concrete pavers to discolor like that? We used bleach to pressure wash our pavers and that did not remove yellow tint.
Not sure what you are asking?
Engraved gravestone staining, any clues as to what this could be? It’s only on the stones that have been engraved. The ones that haven’t been engraved do not have this on them.
my pavers have white spots on them, i initally thought it was some sort of scale or build up but i scrubbed them and i think its just discolouring… these pavers are dark grey charcoal so the white spots are very noticable… any chance i could paint them or something to bring the colour back, or hide the white spots?
Post some pics in the comments.
All the white spots. Not sure what’s going on.
Those are not really “pavers” but concrete blocks with a stamped pattern. What you have going on is something leaching out of the concrete. They are not of the highest quality and I don’t think you will be able to fix this.
Can you return them and get normal “individual” brick pavers?
I have small white spots on my black pavers and red pavers. I think it’s because of too much stripping from the sealer that I did not want in the first place. It only lasted one year. . My pavers in the driveway is only 5 years old. It was stripped again and looks uneven, some sealer did not come off, has little white spots and lost it’s color. What do I do? I do t want to seal it again. I don’t trust these dealers. Is there such a thing as a brightner that my contractor recommended. I still… Read more »
Post some pics in the comments. No such thing as a brightener for pavers.
Just set new concrete pavers in mud over old concrete patio. Have not sealed yet because edges of all stones have a light brown color. Used bleach and color still there. Have you seen this before on new pavers and do you have products to get rid of the color?
Sorry bit no idea what is causing this outside of maybe moisture.
I used a cleaner to clean some patio furniture that was one my patio. Now some of my pavers are discolored. Is there anything I can do or do I need to replace them with new patio pavers.
Post some pics and does it look even in color when wet with water?
I added to my pavers to extend a patio using the same brand and color noting the ones were a lot darker even after power washing.is there anything I can do to make them closer in appearance?
Try a wet look sealer like Supreme Shield SB-600.
I have very old red brick floors in my outbuildings.I have used chemical cleaners, but they still look washed out and dull have grey stains possibly concrete what can I do about this pkease
Concrete or clay pavers.
Our pavers that are around the pool and in the sun are now weathered compared to the pavers under cover. The grouting also needs redoing after 15 yrs. Any suggestions
Try Supreme Shield SB-600.
I used Super seal 25, 5 moths ago now where water had sat during rain it looks foggy or like not sealed.
That looks like it could be an issue under the sealer? Did you use Polymeric sand? Id so, see this for tips:
Our Yorkstone pavers were affected by algae and when cleaned, the light brown colour was also removed. What product can I use to restore the original colour to our now grey Yorkstone?
Try the Supreme Shield SB-600 Wet look sealer.
New concrete pavers around a pool discolour in very short time how can I fix the problem
Use this to restore the color: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
I just submitted remarks and stated the pavers were covered with bleach to kill the mold. As I read down further it appears the milky appearance is due to the sealer.,
Post some pictures in comments.
In Bradenton FL, black mold developed in joints. The pavers were covered with bleach which killed the mold but left a milky look to the pavers. What can be done”
Where can I buy supreme shield SB 600?
Search online for where to buy.
Had a very rough time getting sealer off after we saw a lot of milky white haze on most pavers. I am Very hesitant to put sealer back on. Any suggestions.
The only way to restore color is to use a wet look sealer. Try this: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
We have Cambridge pavers for 7 years. They were dirty looking but still had good color. We recently had them power washed, sanded and sealed. They are more faded looking then before. What else can we do to bring color back.
Post pictures and what type of sealer did you use?
We recently had our Cambridge pavers powerwashed, sanded and sealed. But they are more faded looking then they were before. We have had them for 8 years. It almost looks like the material is shedding. What else can be done to get back some of the color.
Here is the picture
Our patio was done 3 years ago. My husband filed the joints with polymeric sand and for some reason the armortec pavers color looks like stained from the sand.
He tried powerwash to take the remained sand, but did it have any luck.
How can we bring the color back?
Here is a picture of our patio.
See this; https://www.concretesealerreview.com/what-is-poly-sand-haze/
I was told the white milky stains on my sealed paver is from moisture beneath the paver. The sealer kept the moisture from evaporating so I paid more money to have the sealer remove with much work and power washing. Still have milky white stains and have tried everything. I’m afraid to seal again.
Post a picture.
How do I bring back the brownish colors in my pavers.
Try a sealer that enhances like a wet look: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
Where my wife parks her car in the driveway, my brick pavers have lost colour. How do I restore them.
Try this: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
My driveway pavers are faded and 14 years old. I had them reset a year ago due to they were falling on the edges. I asked the contractor if we could seal them to get the color back. The color is there when wet after it rains. He stated do not try to seal now because after you seal the sealant will look milky white. Is this true?
Some poor sealer brands will turn white. Try this product: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
Looking for a Company in Florida to clean,recolor and seal my driveway.
Sorry, but we do not have any lists.
Where u located
Hi. I have purchased multicolored pavers three years ago. They partialy lost color and I called the contractor to take a look and offer solution. They introduce sealers and I wanted to see the effect so I gave them couple of leftover pavers to seal them. The pavers that had some color left had the intensity of the color after the sealer but the other ones did not have the same effect. The contractor also said that color fades over time and its a fact but I didn’t get the answer why there is color on some and on others… Read more »
A wet looks sealer will enhance the pavers the same as if wet with water. If they look good to you when wet then a good quality sealer will work. Send a picture of them when wet.
I just installed pavers, that last step was to sweep in sand then run a plate vibrator to lock everything up. The pavers now look scuffed up, the color is very faded. Any suggestions?
You should have laid down a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood over the pavers to protect them from the plate vibrator doing a 32 sq. ft. area at a time. Now wet your pavers. If the scuff marks seem to go away and the color looks good to you just let them dry. Then seal them with a very high quality sealer. Good luck. Daniel Cole Smyrna, Delaware
I would like to find a professional company to clean, recolor and seal my concrete paver driveway. The only ones I have found are in Florda and New Jersey. I need one that will service the Washington, D.C. market.
Sorry, but we do not know anyone in the DC area.
My pavers got bleached by a weed killer. Is there anything I can do to bring the color back
When wet with water, does it look even in appearance?
will a wet look sealer make the pavers slippery & take longer to dry?
NO, not really.
I picked my paver color of an existing project, when mine where installed the color is yellow, orange, Venetian Travertine, I hate it against my brick. Can I lighten the color?! or go over the darkest color with another color stain., maybe a light charcoal? If I go over it does it stay?
Just sick in Oklahoma.
There is not a way to lighten or stain them. Only apply a sealer that will darken all with a wet look.
I had to add pavers to my driveway
The color is slightly lighter
Is there a way to make them darker
Supreme Shield SB-600 Wet Look Sealer.
How do I get back the color of my pavers as they are very faded from the Arizona sun ?
Try this product: https://www.concretesealerreview.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-wet-look-review/
I live in Arizona, how do I get the color back in my severely faded pavers ?
I have multi colored pavers that have faded pretty bad, I’ve tried using a sample’’ wet look’’ application and it’s hardly noticeable, I need help
I have a dusty rose brick pavers that turned orange. I want to bring back the rose color. What sealant should I use.
Is the overall color restored to what you like when it is wet with water? If so, use the Supreme Shield SB-600/
Can i use garage floor paint on top of super seal 30 ???
You say choosing the right paver sealer will result in an enhanced look and restored color. What sealer do you recommend and can a non-professional purchase it at a local store (Lowes, Ace, etc.) or online?
Thanks in advance.
Not at local hardware store but specialty stores or online. Try Supreme Shield SB-600.
So if I had my pavers sealed and they got MUCH darker – is there a way to lighten them or restore their original color? The pavers were originally mustard color – now, they are brown 🙁
You would have to strip off the sealer to remove the wet look that is darkening the pavers.
Thanks for the quick response!! How would I strip off the sealer?
Use a concrete sealer stripper. Try the one made by Clemons Concrete Coatings.
Thanks so much!!
ADDITIONAL Question please – A white film is appearing since these pavers were sealed – any idea? Stripper will remove this as well? Thanks in advance!!
Could be many reasons for a white haze. Feel free to post a picture.
Sealer was applied 4 years after pavers were laid. This “haze” appeared a few weeks after sealer was applied.
To fix you will need to chemically strip this. We use a stripper made by Clemons Concrete Coatings.
Thanks but every video I watched on this product is for concrete and not pavers which concerns me. Its a very large area and not feeling comfortable with stripping these – maybe I can just try the bullnose around the pool to see if that would help. 🙁
It can be used on pavers but stripping is not easy to do. Might want to hire it out to an experienced contractor.
Thanks!! An experienced contractor got me in this mess!! lol!! Not really laughing tho!!
Such a nice and informative stuff.