How to Strip a Paver Sealer 2022  5/5 (7)

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This post was most recently updated on January 26th, 2022

How to Strip a Paver Sealer

How to Strip a Paver Sealer

Stripping a Paver Sealer Update

Brick Paver Sealers are different than regular concrete sealers in that they darken and enhance the appearance by giving a wet look and or shine.

Unfortunately, Brick Paver Sealers sometimes fail by discoloring and turning milky white or yellow in color and will need to be chemically stripped to fix.

New Information on Stripping Brick Pavers for 2022

The main ingredient of a Paver Stripper, Methylene Chloride has now been banned for consumer use in the US. The good news is that there are other options that will work. The main difference is a longer dwell time to activate.

Here are the main reasons why you will need to strip an old sealer from your brick pavers:

  • A brick paver sealer can fail by turning white from moisture trapped under the sealer.
  • Efflorescence (white salt deposits) was not removed prior to the sealer application.
  • The Paver Sealer used was a cheap brand causing the acrylic in the sealer to turn white from the sun.
  • A buildup of too many applications of sealer through the years.
  • Polymeric sand haze under the sealer application.

Brick Paver Sealer Turned White

Please follow these steps to ensure success with Stripping a Paver Sealer:

  1. You will need to buy a brick paver sealer stripper and use a high-powered pressure washer. We use the Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper.
  2. Cover all the house and all delicate shrubs, vegetation, furniture, etc. with plastic sheeting.
  3. Use protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear.
  4. Apply the stripper with a roller. Do small sections at a time. About 100 sq feet.
  5. Wait about 10 minutes after applying the stripper then pressure wash off the old sealer.
  6. Repeat until all the failed paver sealer is removed.

If you plan on resealing the pavers, make sure to use a brand that is not prone to turning white in color. Our favorites are:

Super Seal 25

Super Seal 30

Supreme Shield SB-600 

If you have any questions about stripping a paver sealer, please ask below.

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Garry
Garry
1 hour ago

I need to remove a recently applied polyurethane sealer off my block paved drive. Could you please advise?

Courtney
Courtney
5 months ago

Sealed a paver area this week with H&C low gloss solvent based concrete sealer from Lowe’s. Most has turned out fine, however the far back corner closest to the house turned out as pictured. I read online that acetone can bring out any moisture if it’s close to the surface, so that’s what I tried while using a brush. It really made no difference at all. Should I try Xylene now? I’m afraid to make the problem worse. There are also a few areas with the white area being concentrated along the lines of new polymeric sand. This patio has… Read more »

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David Stoklosa
David Stoklosa
7 months ago

Will the Clemons Stripper remove an acrylic based sealer easily

David Stoklosa
David Stoklosa
7 months ago

I see ads along side Sure Strip. I have used Sure Strip unsuccessfully. Is this the same product ?

Lana
Lana
11 months ago

Hey guys we used seal and lock striper and these pacers turned out blotchy. Anyone know what caused this and how to fix it? Thanks

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Lana
Lana
11 months ago

Yes it does.

Anthony H. Boggiano
Anthony H. Boggiano
1 year ago

Do you have a company you can recommend, that does the removal (CLEANING ACRYLIC SEALANT USED) & application of new sealant to pavers ?

Robert Jaenicke
Robert Jaenicke
1 year ago

hi, after 2 coats on my brushed concrete pool deck it looks all splotchy and uneven. Looks like someone spilled oil on my deck. It looked like that after one coat. The contractor said the second coat would fix it. Looks just as bad

Robert Jaenicke
Robert Jaenicke
1 year ago

Hi, my question is can this be fixed? Also could you tell me if the spiderweb lines in pic 3 is the concrete cracking or from the sealer. Thanks

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Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Thank you for your response. If I’m dealing with Delamination from old sealer and Xylene and new sealer doesn’t correct it (looks the same after the winter months). Remove the old stuff and replay new sealer would work? Or do you think I would have delamination again? Any help would be great. Thanks,

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Sorry for the bad picture as its a picture of my picture. I can send an email with the actual photo’s that. Hope this picture helps. **Edit – doesn’t seem like I can post a picture. Can I send you an email?

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Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Just noticed it was due to size.

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Scott
Scott
1 year ago

The concrete doesn’t seem to be pitting. It isn’t lower than the other spots, just that you can feel concrete in those spots. To me it seems like the sealer is lifting in little spots all over. I had a company come in and reseal, it didn’t work. The following spring, they used Xylene and then a week later sealed with some color in spots and looks great for the season. But after the winter, not salt or snow removal done, it looks like that again. I heard from my neighbor that he use to seal every year because he… Read more »

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

If you can get a hold of Methylene Chloride would that be a better choice than Clemons Concrete Concrete and Paver Sealer Stripper? Would it be the same process to remove the sealer

Loren Wright
Loren Wright
1 year ago

Can I use the SB 600 or 350 on a flagstone patio? (I”m in Calif–is only SB350 allowed?) Thanks!

Tim elswick
Tim elswick
1 year ago

How warm does it have to be too use the clemons stripper

steve
steve
1 year ago

if my pavers were sealed many years ago do i still need to strip them if i am going to seal again and don’t want the white haze to happen

Tony
Tony
1 year ago

The Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper contains Methylene Chloride which as your article mentions is banned. Is there another product that can be used to remove solvent based sealer from pavers.

John Vergot
John Vergot
1 year ago

What product can I use to strip a lacquer finish on my concrete pavers

Jill
Jill
2 years ago

What do you think of Eagle Natural Seal for a patio with concrete and clay bricks?

Kathy
Kathy
2 years ago

Will the Super Seal 30 or the Supreme Sheild SB 600 make the surface slippery? The patio has very rough old pavers and the driveway newer a smoother surface. We have limestone treads and would like to seal them without making them slippery.

Thomas
Thomas
2 years ago

When applying a paver sealer should I wait until outside temperature is cool or does this matter. My sealer was applied

when outside temp was 105 deg. Is this to hot and should I wait for cooler temps ???

Paul Greer
Paul Greer
3 years ago

This was put on our inside brick fireplace; we are wanting to paint the brick and need to know if we can paint over this sealer, it’s been on for approximately 10 years.

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