Note: These Steps will work on Failed Brick Paver, Stamped Concrete, and Decorative Concrete Sealers.

spraysealerBrick Paver Sealers are different than regular concrete sealers in that they:

  • Darken the appearance by giving a "wet" look.
  • Can give a gloss appearance that ranges between satin to high gloss.
  • Helps solidify joint sand.
  • Film on the surface somewhat instead of penetrating completely into the concrete.

Unfortunately, Brick Paver and Decorative Concrete Sealers sometimes fail by discoloring and turning milky white or yellow in color. Typically this happens for one of these reasons:

  • Moisture was trapped under sealer.
  • Efflorescence (white salt deposits) was not removed prior to sealer application.
  • Sealer used was low grade causing the acrylic in the sealer to blush white from the sun. Please stay away from sealers sold at Big Box Stores!
  • A buildup of too many coats through the years or excessive over application.
  • Use of a polymeric sand. This is actually the fault of these types of sand. If you do not remove all the sand from the surface of the pavers, the sand can turn white under the paver sealer.

In many cases applying a solvent to the pavers will "reset" the sealer, making the white haze disappear. This usually works for trapped moisture and if you have sealer buildup. Unfortunately, if the white haze is from something else then you will need to strip off all of the old sealer and start over. This is not a fun process but it is better than replacing everything!

Please follow these steps to ensure success:

  1. You will need to buy a brick paver sealer stripper. They typically cover 100-200 square feet per gallon.
  2. Cover all delicate shrubs, vegetation, furniture, etc. with plastic sheeting. Tape plastic sheeting to home if near area to be cleaned.
  3. Use protective clothing, gloves, and eyewear. The use of a charcoal filter respirator is suggested.
  4. Using a paint try and paint roller, apply the paver sealer stripper in a section of about 100 square feet. This stripper is very thick and applies like a paste. *If you apply too much stripper at one time you will run the risk of it drying before you get a chance to pressure wash.
  5. Wait about 10 minutes after applying the stripper then pressure wash off the old sealer. This can be messy as the sealer "peels" off in white pieces. Best to push this into the grass or dirt areas.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until completed.
  7. If needed spot strip any areas that did not come clean after the first attempt. If old sealer is excessively thick, you may need to repeat the entire process.

If you plan on resealing the pavers it is best to remove as much as possible of the old sealer. If you do not there is a strong chance that the "white haze" will come back in those areas.

The Brick Paver Sealers we sell are not prone to discoloring when used on concrete that is free of any old sealers. Main reason is that they are all "breathable" sealers which greatly reduces any chance of the dreaded "white haze".

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    Richard Tokarczyk · 11/27/2018
    What is the best brick Paver stripper
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    Rhonda · 11/21/2018
    Here is a picture to illustrate the issue
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    Rhonda · 11/21/2018
    Is this the same solution for bricks on a house? I had my house repointed, then had a water proofer/sealer applied to the whole house. In several areas it has turned milky white on the bricks and mortar and looks horrible. If you wet it, it temporarily fades away, but then comes right back. Sounds like applying the solvent might solve the problem? Help please!
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      The Sealer Store · 11/22/2018
      No this will not work as it is not the same issue. Your issue is completely different. Unfortunately, we do not have anything that will work for this.
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    Dawn Herold · 11/19/2018
    X what is the best product to use to strip the pavers
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    Lisa · 10/21/2018
    Hi I recently had our pavers sanded and sealed. At first it looked great. A few days later it looked terrible. Contractor said it is colder out so it should be better when it warms up. It will be 60 tomorrow. I am afraid that it was a temperature issue with the sealer or sand issue. First pic is the day sealer was applied second was a few days later. What do you think? Any advice would be appreciated
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      The Sealer Store · 10/22/2018
      It will need to be stripped to fix. Looks like it could be sand stuck to the top of the surface under the sealer.
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    Sal Denaro · 08/27/2018
    Moisture in sealed pavers, I don't think this patio had enough time to dry after being wet. When we sealed with SRW low luster the pavers appeared dry but I think moisture was below. How can I fix this problem
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      Sal Denaro · 08/27/2018
      Ok, I planned on another coat but I didn't want to make it worse by putting more sealer on and further trapping in moisture. I've been in business 18 years, first time I have seen this and the first one where I didn't personally put down the sealer. So I could just need another coat. Howevere it stays wet like this for days. We have had a lot of rain and the sprinklers are on a lot. The grass outside the area is soaked.
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      The Sealer Store · 08/27/2018
      It may just need another coat as tumbled pavers are very porous. Do a test spot.
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    Fred · 08/07/2018
    Applied Solvent sealer to pavers looked great . Half hour later unexpected Tian shower, now white spots everywhere? Suggestions
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    Sheila · 08/07/2018
    I have applied a patio sealer mixed with some patio powder dye it has dried but if I rub my hand across the slabs it comes off and also the black comes off onto my feet any suggestions please
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    Al Aikens · 07/16/2018
    one more
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    Al Aikens · 07/12/2018
    Had great success with Eagle Supreme Coat solvent-based sealer last year (after stripping off that awful Behr Wet look crap from HD. The sun and heat in AZ just punish any finish . . . . and so it lost much of its luster over the year. Cleaned and applied another coat of the same sealer in Early May . . . now half of the pavers have that same milky white surface (including one large section that never saw any of the old Behr product. . . I am frustrated with the whole thing. It's a lot of work and money to keep sealing and stripping pavers.... Please help!??
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    Hope · 05/19/2018
    Can you recommend a company that can undo?
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    luis correia · 04/05/2018
    after the sealing of an old pave area appeared a lot of white spots, specially on covered areas of the patio
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    allie lay · 02/10/2018
    I applied a clear sealer on my new pavers, while most of the pavers looked wet and shiny a large section just looked hazy. What happened? I applied two layers a no change to the area that looked hazy. Can someone explain why this happened? And what now?
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      The Sealer Store · 02/11/2018
      There are many reasons for a white haze to happen so no way to say for certain what caused it. To fix, you will need to strip all and start over.
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    scott · 11/11/2017
    South Florida clay brick dry set patio w/ 2 cts xylene sealer turned hazy. 250 sq ft. do I use paint stripper (solvent type)?
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    Patrick · 10/27/2017
    Horrible patio paved sealer job. I don’t want to talk about it. :-)


    used this sealer
    Valspar clear wet look

    latex based



    what is a good stripper to use?
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    The Sealer Store · 08/09/2017
    dione:
    I flooded in 2016, I tried to clean my brick pavers and the sealer is peeling. What can I use to remove all the old sealer so I can reseal them?

    https://www.opwdecks.com/paver-sealer-stripper.htm
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    dione · 08/08/2017
    I flooded in 2016, I tried to clean my brick pavers and the sealer is peeling. What can I use to remove all the old sealer so I can reseal them?
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    The Sealer Store · 07/26/2017
    Kathy Leite:
    Hi, what can I use to take the milky sealer off my brick Please

    This product:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/paver-sealer-stripper.htm
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    Kathy Leite · 07/26/2017
    Hi, what can I use to take the milky sealer off my brick Please
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    The Sealer Store · 06/26/2017
    Linda walterscheid:
    Where can I buy this stuff and how much is it?

    On this link:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/paver-sealer-stripper.htm