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Restoring Exterior Brick Pavers

The steps needed to restore your Brick Pavers are relatively easy. All you need to do is clean, resand if needed, and apply a sealer. Paver Sealers can enhance the natural colors of your brick and come in Matte, Semi-Gloss, and Higher Gloss shine. If a "shiny" appearance is not desired then you can just add a Concrete Water Repellent for Protection only.

  1. The use of a pressure washer is suggested when cleaning the brick pavers. Cleaning chemicals are not needed when removing dirt, grime, and vegetation. If you have stains on your brick pavers then we would suggest using a cleaner that is specific to the type of stain. i.e. Rust remover to clean rust, Oil stain remover to clean oil drips, etc.
  2. Removal of old paver sealers is suggested if your previous sealer has failed. Usually this is noticeable by a yellowing or whitening of the old sealer. If you do not have any discoloration, then it is not needed to remove the old coatings. Paver Stripper
  3. Allow the brick pavers to dry thoroughly for 1-2 days.
  4. If needed, sweep in new jointing sand between the stones. There is many types of sand that you could use. The most popular is playsand or babysand. Other options can be jointing sand and polymeric sand. These types of sand are usually found only at paver stone yards. Make sure the sand is dry and not wet!
  5. Blow or sweep off excess sand. We strongly suggest that the sand level is at least 1/4" from the top of beveled edge of the paver bricks. Be very careful to remove all the sand!
  6. Apply sealer by rolling or spraying. If rolling, take extreme caution to make sure that you are not removing the sand from the joints and leaving it on top of the pavers! A sponge type roller usually works better then a nap roller. If spraying a solvent based sealer, you must use a heavy duty metal sprayer. Cheap plastic sprayers will not work with solvent based brick paver sealers but they will work with water based. Do not apply sealer to wet or high moisture content pavers! The sealer will turn whitish in color.
  7. Let dry for 3-4 fours for foot traffic and 24 hours for vehicular or heavy duty traffic.

*Make sure that you follow all manufacturers instructions.

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TheSealerStore , June 20, 2015
What to do first
My paver patio needs to be leveled, power washed, seams filled with sand/paver base, and then sealed. Should I power wash or level some areas first?
robert ballinger , June 19, 2015
You will need to strip off the old coatings:


Once removed fully you can reseal.
TheSealerStore , May 17, 2015
My keystone pavers were reddish color and I have sealed every other year. They have been there for about 10 years. They are turning white color.
What do I need to do to get the color back?
beverly johnson , May 17, 2015
Have you tried the Surebond SB-6000? Not all of VA is low VOC. Just the counties around DC.
TheSealerStore , April 04, 2015
New application to a driveway paver system (technobloc) - want a non-shiny wet look (that darkens current pavers). Live in VA so a low VOC state. samples of some water based sealers do not darken at all. What are options? only solvent based? or is there a water based that will achieve the wet look ?
Robert Mesrobian , April 04, 2015
Last summer I resanded my pavers following all directions used a polymer sand and then a sealer. Looked great after a nasty winter in Illinois all the sand is gone. Help.
jerry miller , May 07, 2014
re: What type of Dye to use before Sealing
I would not do that. The Paver Sealer will already darken the color of the pavers as if wet with water.
TheSealerStore , September 19, 2012
What type of Dye to use before Sealing
I am thinking of using a water based Dye to bring out the rich color of the pavers before sealing. do you have any recommendations?
AP , September 18, 2012
re: Need help
Do they look okay when wet with water? If so then you need to apply a wet look sealer to all of the pavers. You could use SuperSeal25, SuperSeal30, SuperSeal Matte.
TheSealerStore , May 26, 2012
Need help
My husband used a water power washer to clean our back patio (brick pavers) and then swept in new sand. However, the power washing seems to have left some areas very very light, almost white (as opposed to the reddish color of the others). What product can I use to restore these bricks (the really light ones) and enhance all of the bricks? HELP! It looks terrible right now!
Dyann , May 25, 2012
re: brick paver
Not sure what you mean. Recommendation for steps, products, etc?
TheSealerStore , November 09, 2011
brick paver

What's your recommendation in the order of pressure cleaning , re sand and sealing .

German , November 09, 2011
re: Removing Sealer
Xylene is a solvent. It does not strip paver sealers completely. You would need this:

Paver Sealer Stripper
TheSealerStore , August 18, 2011
Removing Sealer
I did not properly clean my pavers before putting down a sealer. The manufacturer suggested xylene but i see your response that that was poor information. what gives?
Russell Morgann , August 17, 2011
re: Xylene to remove old sealer from brick porch.
Unfortunately you have gotten some bad advice as xylene is not stripper and does not remove old sealer very effectively. It does soften up the old coating a little but not enough to "strip" it all.

For a stripper: Brick Paver Sealer Stripper
TheSealerStore , June 14, 2011
I'm oging to use Ace Xylene to remove old sealer from brick porch. The contractor put the sealer on a year ago & now I have a white haze on the bricks. I wa told that I have to remove the sealer first before I can clean bricks. Can you tell me the procedure to follow when applying the Xylene. What use to put it on, how long fo I leave it on & do I rinse it with water? When I purchased this product there was no instructions regarding application. Pls. advise Thanks
Dave Kruger , June 14, 2011
re: cleaning polymer stains
Did they remove all of the polymeric sand that was on top of the pavers? If they have then you should not see any dullness when you seal. Acid washing will not do anything to remove the polymeric.
TheSealerStore , June 18, 2010
re: cleaning polymer stains
Recently had pavers installed. Unfortunateley, workmen flooded the polymer sand, which left whitish haze. They have pressure washed and acid washed pavers, and have tested a sealer; but pavers still appear dull. Is there any way to restore original intensity of colors?
JCJord , June 17, 2010
Mortar Stains
Removing mortar smears is possible with this product:

TheSealerStore , May 11, 2010
I have mortor stained pavers, what are my options on removing the stains and restoring them to thier original color.
Daniel , May 11, 2010
re: Paver sealed with sand
Was the sealer you used a solvent? Your questions were answered in the post 2 up ^ smilies/smiley.gif
TheSealerStore , November 30, 2009
I am looking to remove the sand that's sealed on the driveway. I used a sealant equivalent to Thompson's. I don't care if the sealant comes off in the process but I need to get the sand off. What solvent do you recommend to remove the sand stuck to the paver?
shari smither , November 30, 2009
re: Paver sealed with sand
Did you use our paver sealer or a solvent based sealer? If so then yes you can apply a solvent to soften the sealer and pressure wash off the sand. I would suggest doing this in sections as the solvent will dry fast. You may also need to reapply the paver sealer when done. You can use Xylene or our Aromatic Solvent.

It the sand is really bad then you may need to strip off all of the old sealer:
Brick Paver Sealer Stripper
TheSealerStore , November 30, 2009
Paver sealed with sand
I used play sand to fill the cracks and when I sealed the driveway the sand picked up in the roller. Now, all the extra sand is sealed on my driveway!!! It looks like I mixed cement on it. I tried pressure cleaning again but it didnt loosen the sand. Is there a solvent I can use to dissolve the sand and sealant and pressure it off?
shari smither , November 30, 2009
White stain on brick porch
I was using play sand to fill cracks and joints on our brick paver porch (3 steps) as well as a portion of the walkway; the sand dried and now most of the brick appears "white" or very light in color. I have tried using plain hose water to spray then a scrub brush to replenish the look but to no avail. Do I need to power wash, re-sand, then apply a solvent sealer to replenish and enhance the original look (shine)?
Bernard Patterson , October 13, 2009
re:Cleaning up pressure sprayer
When cleaning up a solvent based paver sealer such as the SuperSeal25, you should use xylene or lacquer thinner.
TheSealerStore , August 08, 2009
Cleaning up pressure sprayer
I purchased SuperSeal25 from your firm. I have a Chapin 1949 sprayer and will be using it to apply the sealer. I normally use the sprayer it with water soluble stuff and always use water to rinse after use What is recommended to clean and wash out sprayer with after using the SuperSeal25?
qaviar , August 07, 2009
Was the sealer that was applied a water based or a solvent based? If solvent based you may want to try applying a solvent to restore the shine. Xylene should work.
TheSealerStore , June 12, 2009
excuse typos.
I meant to say that no ammount of washing will make it look clean. Would washing it with a detergent help?
barbara barner , June 11, 2009
problem with sealer
I recently had a brick sidewalk installed. A concrete sealer was applied with a wet look. a couple of days later I washed the gutters and some dirt splattered on the walk. I rinsed and swept the walk. Now the walk looks dirty all of the time. Not ammount of washing make it look clean. Some of the bricks looked a little whitish. Would any cleaner or stripper solve the problem?
barbara barner , June 11, 2009
No this is the process only for Brick Paver walkways, patios, driveways, etc.
TheSealerStore , March 10, 2009
Very Good information to have. I did not know that you could sand and apply a sealer. Was sure that I would have to rip up what was there and replace with new brick or something different. It will be much cheaper to just sand and seal.

Can you do this with fireplaces and other outside brick as well?
attgirl , March 10, 2009


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