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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    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
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    Mike · 12/23/2018
    Do you think this is a brick or a tile ?
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    Mike · 12/19/2018
    We stripped twice and are left with the haze. We do not want to reseal but want to keep it natural looking .what can we do to remove this white haze?
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      The Sealer Store · 12/19/2018
      If that is soap residue then try this to clean it off: https://www.opwdecks.com/cleaner-degreaser.htm

      If it is still old sealer, you will need to continue to strip it off.
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        Mike · 12/19/2018
        I meant 1/2" thick on my reply
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        Mike · 12/19/2018
        Hard to tell, but a little acetone tested on it cleaned it off like new. Is that ok to use? I assume these are brick pavers. They are like a tile. About 1.2 inch thick.
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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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      Andrew Harvey · 03/23/2019
      I did the same thing to my house and I can't find a product to remove the clear sealer I applied do you get yours off ?
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        Rhonda Jessop · 03/25/2019
        I have not - but Maximum Strength Deck Stripper by Thompson's was recommended. I am a little nervous to use it however, since it is not for masonry.
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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
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