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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    Mike · 06/27/2020
    After sealing over Unilock and Polymeric sand, a candle wax like build up has formed over some of the sand lines. What is this and how can it be fixed?
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    Joanne Cockburn · 06/13/2020
    Hi this is our new patio I’ve just sealed it and this has happened can you recommend anything to remove it please ?
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    Jack · 06/09/2020
    Hi,

    I applied Behr wet sealer to my patio pavers and quickly turned out to be a DIY nightmare. I tried to powerwash it off but it didn't work Can this be stripped down? Any advice to remove this crap of a product and restore my pavers. I'm desperate and any help is much appreciated. Thank you.
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      mary ashley · 06/23/2020
      I used the 10 year Behr sealer on my brick pavers it only lasted 1 year turned white I have pressure washed used stripper 3 times and I still have a mess very disappointed in behr product
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        Jack · 06/10/2020
        Do you think it will return back to the original color?. Can you tell me how to apply the sealer? Roller? Sprayer? Do I wipe away the residue or power washer it?. Sorry for all of the questions. Thank you for your help.
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          The Sealer Store · 06/10/2020
          Roll it on then pressure wash it off. It should remove it all.
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    Julie ramos · 05/27/2020
    Earlier this year we had pavers installed. When the dear lee was applied a white residue was left. We asked the contractor and he said that’s never happened to him before and he thinks the sealer didn’t have time to dry. Is this something that can be fixed? Today he tried to power wash it see last picture. He said he’s going to paint over the sealer with concrete paint. What do you suggest?
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    Jan · 05/17/2020
    I used a big box wet look sealer last summer on my brand new flagstone patio. It looked great for about 6 months and now is very dull. We had alot of rain, which caused mold/mildew buildup particularly in the joints. After powerwashing the mold and mildew away I noticed the sealer is peeling like old paint. What can I use to get this old sealer off and apply a new sealer that will also act as a mold and mildew protectant. I would prefer something that also has the wet look. Thank you.
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    Andrew · 05/03/2020
    I had pressure washed and sealed my pavers after a month it turned a white filmed.can this be taken off by another pressure wash.
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    Richard · 04/24/2020
    How to get Paver sand off of pavers and in the joints that hardened like a rock, looks like dried cement, tried chipping it away but doesn’t all come off
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    Carolyn · 04/24/2020
    I applied one coat of sealer in am and came back in late afternoon with second coat and this hapoed. How do I resolve this problem? Thank you
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    Ken Ahearn · 04/05/2020
    Dear Sir/Madam, These pavers are about 20 years old and have excessive white haze and sealer residue. They have been pressure-cleaned and sealed 4-5 times, last time 2 years ago.

    Do you recommend stepping them, or sandblasting?

    I have a contractor telling me the must be sandblasted, but have seen postings saying don’t sandblasted aged pavers as that an create future problems/damage.

    Also, can you recommend a stripper and sealer for this type of job?

    Any suggestions on protecting pool water - is plastic covering taped around border needed?


    I live in South Florida if that makes a difference.


    Thank you in advance,
    Ken
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    Keith · 03/28/2020
    Just applied first coat of sealer, after 40 minutes had light shower, few white spots appeared, Will they go when I apply second coat
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    Jeanette · 02/04/2020
    We purchased some pavers from one of the big box stores to make a patio and applied Valspar wet look sealer. We applied four coats as after the first couple of coats we couldn't tell that any sealer was applied. The pavers

    still have the dull color. What can I used to remove the sealer without damaging the pavers so I can reseal with another product?
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      The Sealer Store · 02/04/2020
      We are currently out of paver stripper due to changes in laws in the USA as to what chemicals can be used. We are due to have our newer and improved version back in stock in March.
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    Marcos · 12/27/2019
    The sealers was applied when the weather was crappy!is there a chance it will be ok once it’s completely dry?
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    Ryan · 09/24/2019
    I just had these pavers put it and now they have white stains on them which it believe is efflorescence. The contractor said he prepped the pavers before he sealed them but it doesn’t appear that way to me. What is your opinion? And how can I fix this ?
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      The Sealer Store · 09/24/2019
      Did he already seal them? It does not look like efflorescence.
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        Ryan · 09/25/2019
        Yes
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          The Sealer Store · 09/25/2019
          Looks like it is part of the brick. A wet look sealer probably would have darkened it up so much or all of it did not show.
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    Sophie Guerin · 09/22/2019
    The first picture shows right after the sealer was applied, looks great right? A couple of days later white started to come out and then just water from the pool started to stain the pavers. The contractor thinks it was so hot the day they applied that the sealer never fully cured. He wants to come back in the spring to apply an acetone. Do you think this will solve the problem, will it remove the stains? I live in Montreal Canada, our winters are pretty intense, will the cold make it worse?
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    Jimbo · 08/12/2019
    I've recently peeled and sealed about 1800 square feet of brick pavers and doing this there was a 10 x 10 area that I missed when I was pulling the sealer off and sealed over that area not noticing it till now how do I get how do I read strip the pavers without damaging the pavers around it
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      The Sealer Store · 08/12/2019
      Not possible to spot strip without having surrounding areas being stripped as well.
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    Kathy · 07/12/2019
    Will this work on brick around the pool? Is it safe? Thanks!
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      The Sealer Store · 07/12/2019
      You cannot get this in the pool water.
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        Kathy · 07/12/2019
        Thanks. Is there anything that you can recommend to remove this? It looks terrible :(
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          The Sealer Store · 07/12/2019
          Sorry but nothing we have will work and be safe that close to the water.
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    Anita · 07/10/2019
    I have a flagstone patio which, over the years, I have sealed with the BEHR stone sealer from the big box store.
    This year after the snow melted, we noted that the sealer was peeling up in many areas; in the areas that had not peeled up, the flagstone was quite dark.
    We used the Klean Strip Stripper to try to remove the sealer and then used a power brush to brush off the dried stripper. The stone now appears milky white and hazy.
    Thinking that the sealer was not fully removed, I put another coat of stripper on and removed it with a brush....however the stone remains white.
    It has rained many times since however when the stone dries, it appears white and hazy.

    I would really appreciate your advice
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    Leigh Peterson · 06/25/2019
    We have brick pavers in the kitchen that have turned yellow in the grout from years and years of cleaning the bricks with mop and glow!(previous owners) what stripper can I use inside the house?? Please help!
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      The Sealer Store · 06/25/2019
      Sorry, but there is not a product that we sell that can be used inside a house.
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    Mary Jane Puz · 04/24/2019
    Will this stripper kill nearby plants/shrubs?
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    ron yates · 02/22/2019
    my patio sealer has blisterd all over what is the best way to get rid of it