This post was most recently updated on January 26th, 2022
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:
- You will need to buy a brick paver sealer stripper and use a high-powered pressure washer. We use the Clemons Concrete Sealer Stripper.
- Cover all the house and all delicate shrubs, vegetation, furniture, etc. with plastic sheeting.
- Use protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear.
- Apply the stripper with a roller. Do small sections at a time. About 100 sq feet.
- Wait about 10 minutes after applying the stripper then pressure wash off the old sealer.
- 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:
If you have any questions about stripping a paver sealer, please ask below.