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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    Simon · 11/20/2020
    I had this happen to some lawn edging blocks when I applied block sealer when wet some blocks look very dark blocks could the geofix patio joining compound have got under the paving sealer on the bricks ? Is it fixable I should add looks normal when dry
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      The Sealer Store · 11/20/2020
      You would have to strip off the sealer.
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        Simon · 11/20/2020
        Thanks can you buy a product to strip this off in the UK
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    Rochelle · 11/08/2020
    I applied the Behr Wet Seal to my pavers and they look like nothing happened. I applied 3 coats and I noticed at night there is a tiny shine but during the day it looks the same or worse than before (lighter or more pale). Can I just apply another sealant that has a higher gloss to get the look I am looking for?
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    michael collins · 10/27/2020
    i sealed my brick on a deck with behr wet look water base sealer and the next day white blotches appeared
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      The Sealer Store · 10/27/2020
      You will need to strip as the above article explains. The Behr sealer is a very poor brand, BTW.
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    Scott · 08/17/2020
    I have a seven year old paving stone patio that had polymeric sand added and then sealed. It rained within two hours of applying a sealer. Now we have what looks to be sand deposits on the stones. Can’t tell if solvent or stripping is necessary. Can you help.
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      The Sealer Store · 08/18/2020
      You will need to strip it all off and then use a cleaner after to remove the poly sand haze/dust.
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    Shane · 07/13/2020
    We just sealed white/grey brick pavers with white grout with a concrete sealer, and as the sealer was drying it turned the the pavers and grout yellow in some spots! Is there anything we can do about this? If we try to remove the sealer will the yellow come off of the grout or are our bricks permanently damaged? Help
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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

    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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    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,
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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
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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.