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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    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
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    Linda walterscheid · 06/26/2017
    Where can I buy this stuff and how much is it?
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    The Sealer Store · 05/15/2017
    Bob Staehely"]Have paver brick patio installed in fall. Got Behr paver sealer. Did two thirds of patio one day, ran out of sealer, went next day got another gallon of same product. Day one bricks wre good color, day two bricks did not darken. Why? And can it be fixed?[quote name="Maxie Martin:
    I had a brick paver installed on my 50'x8' porch last summer and sealed it with "black Bear" sealer. It now has white spots through out the area. What is your suggestion for eliminating the problem. Thanks[/quote]

    Strip it as the above article suggests.
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    Bob Staehely · 05/14/2017
    Have paver brick patio installed in fall. Got Behr paver sealer. Did two thirds of patio one day, ran out of sealer, went next day got another gallon of same product. Day one bricks wre good color, day two bricks did not darken. Why? And can it be fixed?Maxie Martin:
    I had a brick paver installed on my 50'x8' porch last summer and sealed it with "black Bear" sealer. It now has white spots through out the area. What is your suggestion for eliminating the problem. Thanks
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    The Sealer Store · 03/29/2017
    bevan jones:
    How to remove White Spots from alover my block paving

    What are the white spots exactly? They could be many different reasons it is happening and without knowing what is causing it, there is no way to properly answer.
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    bevan jones · 03/29/2017
    How to remove White Spots from alover my block paving
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    The Sealer Store · 03/26/2017
    John khoury:
    Last year I had a brick patio laid against my pool.The brick pavers were gorgeous before they were grouted and sealed. They look like mud afterwords. There was also white haze over large areas. Multiple acids strippers removers etc. were used and then the pavers were resealed restoring the natural beauty by only a third of the original color. Now a year later they look nothing like they did before they were grouted and sealed. How can I return the pavers to their original color and beauty before they were stained with the grout and all the multiple chemicals that were applied multiple times?

    You would have to strip the sealer first with the Paver Sealer Stripper:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/paver-sealer-stripper.htm

    After you will need to use the NMD80 to remove the mortar grout:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/nmd80-cleaner.htm

    Final prep would be a Cleaner Degreaser:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/cleaner-degreaser.htm

    Seal with the Supreme Shield SB-600:
    https://www.opwdecks.com/supreme-shield-sb-600-5-gallon.htm
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    John khoury · 10/22/2016
    Last year I had a brick patio laid against my pool.The brick pavers were gorgeous before they were grouted and sealed. They look like mud afterwords. There was also white haze over large areas. Multiple acids strippers removers etc. were used and then the pavers were resealed restoring the natural beauty by only a third of the original color. Now a year later they look nothing like they did before they were grouted and sealed. How can I return the pavers to their original color and beauty before they were stained with the grout and all the multiple chemicals that were applied multiple times?
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    The Sealer Store · 11/22/2015
    Have they been sealed before? If so then you would want this:
    http://www.opwdecks.com/paver-sealer-stripper.htm
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    Dale Chaney · 11/21/2015
    I have a six year old patio made with grey concrete pavers. What product do you recommend that will help in removing the white haze that has developed over the past few years
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    The Sealer Store · 10/14/2015
    You cannot just scrub off a sealer when trying to strip them. Needs to be pressure washed off and rinsed well.
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    Joanne Siena · 10/13/2015
    Having a problem to hire someone that can strip the "white" sealer off my pavers around my swimming pool. No one will do it because what they will use will damage the paint on my home and also will damage my cage around the pool. This is a mess. Is there any type of solution to just spray on it and scrub them? I have not sealed my pool pavers for three years. Prior to that I used the Home Depot sealer, which everyone is saying that made my pavers white.......NEED HELP CANNOT GET ANYONE TO DO THIS JOB!!
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    The Sealer Store · 10/01/2015
    No they do not come pre sealed. The white is probably mineral or efflorescence stains. You may need a cleaner for those areas to remove first.
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    Cindy Button · 09/30/2015
    My pavers are 23 years old and I doubt that they have ever been sealed once they were put down. Do pavers come from the factory sealed and if so, will I need to strip it this many years later or just give it a good cleaning? The color is dull, but in some areas the red colored pavers have white rings. I