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Product: "Penetrating Paver Sealer"

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(a case = 4 gallons)
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Grout Release


What "Penetrating Paver Sealer" does:

. Enhances colors | Stabilizes sand joints | Stops efflorescence (white powdery stains)

. It penetrates into the paver surface and self-levels to a smooth, even low gloss finish. It's label instructions provide you with a much easier and more surprise proof application method with fewer applications than you may have seen with other companies products.

. Penetrates into the paver and bonds below the surface so there cannot be peeling.

. Moves with the 24 hour cycles of sun exposure expansion and contraction without losing bond.

. Extreme damage repair (burn, gouge, brake fluid leaks, etc.) is easy because damaged area is removed with lacquer thinner and reapplication of "Penetrating Paver Sealer" melts and bonds with the surrounding area.

. Not flammable. Almost all other competing sealers are flammable, and that is a concern.

. "Penetrating Paver Sealer" is used by DIY and professional installers.

Why would you want to use "Penetrating Paver Sealer"?:

You want to use "Penetrating Paver Sealer" if:

. You are a contractor or Do It Yourselfer who realizes that choosing "Penetrating Paver Sealer" is the best choice because it is designed for the particular needs of driveway pavers.

. You want a very tough surface. This sealer is designed to be driven upon and withstand the dragging turns of rear tires. It is resilient (doesn't crack) but is very tough.

. You want the many benefits of a petroleum solvent type sealer, but safer than is generally available. Penetrating Paver Sealer is not flammable.

. You want to strengthen a weak surface if encountered.

. You want to stop efflorescence (white powder from below the surface).

. You want to create minor color enhancement of the pavers.

. You want to be able to customize the gloss level.

. You want a sealer that is easily patched in the event of severe damage.

. You want a sealer that can be used on many other types of surfacing in the future.

What about food spills, oil & grease spots? "Insta-Clean" is a powerful grease, wax, oil remover used on any surface. On any sealer, stone, tile, wood, vinyl, machinery, engines, etc. Will soften and remove some water based type floor coatings and waxes.
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Pavers scratched? "Grout Residue Remover" is used to remove enough of the concrete paver surface to also remove minor scratching.
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Efflorescence (white powdery stains)? "Efflorescence Treatment" is a spray on or brush on treatment (not a cleaner) that does not need to be wiped off. It attaches to the white powder and takes it below the surface. After that, the "Penetrating Paver Sealer" will create a sub-surface barrier to future migration of those salts. If it is not efflorescence, but is smears/stains from a "mix in sand" stabilizer, test lacquer thinner for removal of that polymer type material before sealing.
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Discussions

How to select a sealer
To select a sealer it is good to have some idea of the absorption rate so you achieve the gloss level (none to high) and all the other benefits available without using more sealer than necessary. Also, you can test for (and protect against) acidic liquid sensitivity.

An Aldon sealer does far more than just bead water and look pretty! To see what that is click here.

Your results may vary somewhat from the web site pictures due to variations in computer display and the surface materials themselves. Nevertheless, you will be able to see the differences well enough to make good choices.

Important: If your project has had any sealer applied in the past, it must be evaluated differently. You will see a simple, logical discussion of the considerations here that can save you time, money, and aggravation.

Sealer "solids" levels?
This discussion applies only to the petroleum solvent based sealers. With the water based sealers, solids level is not a consideration.

Here are the relative solids level of our petroleum solvent based sealers:
  Lowest: SBS Sealer
  Next level Higher: Penetrating Paver Sealer
  Another level higher: Penetrating Paver Sealer
  Highest level: Mexiglaze

A porous surface will require more gallons (more money) of a lower solids sealer than using a higher solids level sealer. That, plus different surfaces have different requirements, is why we make the different solids levels. They all work as described, so it is only a matter of which is best for your needs.
The more porous the surface, the more solids will be required to achieve the desired effects of gloss, strengthening, stopping efflorescence, etc.

The more porous the surface, generally the greater the need for the sealer to create a stronger surface.

An old sealer below the surface, even after stripping, will lower the absorption and porosity to some degree. Sometimes it is uneven below the surface and can create an uneven coloring effect with a color enhancing sealer applied later. Another reason to test first.

Do not make decisions based only upon the price per gallon.
Unlike other sealers, Aldon's sealers typically require fewer applications (fewer gallons), less cure time, and longer life. And that is only a few of many considerations.
To see more of why the price per gallon has little to do with what will be your total project cost, click here. For other questions about sealers, see the FAQ Sealers link on the slide out menu.

Do not believe yet that you have the type of surfacing you were told:
There is no need for confusion or problems brought about by misidentification of a surface type, yet it happens all too often. Sellers use fancy marketing names that can be misleading about the true nature of a surfacing. For instance, a customer was told they bought "Petite Granite" for a bar surface. But, unlike granite it was etching circles from wine drips. After simple testing, it proved to be a limestone which is treated very differently than granite. It was easily restored and protected after a 60 second test. Please review our "Surface Types" page to compare pictures, descriptions, and testing if needed, to confirm you have what you were told.

Do not apply a sealer before grouting (pre-sealing).
Do not use any sealer as a grout release barrier (pre-sealing). This technique creates many risk factors to be avoided. Prevent grout smears, surface scratching and keep grout residue out of surface texture by coating with Aldon Grout Easy before grouting. Grout Easy is a water soluble coating that comes off easily while grout is being cleaned off in the normal process with water and a sponge.

Colors fading?
The iron oxide pigments used in concrete products, and the colored clays in clay products, do not fade . The appearance of fading is actually from tiny efflorescence particles (white powder) in the pores. It can be removed and color restored (with Aldon Efflorescence Treatment) and then stopped from returning, and color restored, by sealing with the appropriate Aldon color enhancing type sealer.

You can stop efflorescence (white powdery stains)
Efflorescence (subsurface originating white powdery stains) is common with many surfaces. This can even occur before installation. However, it is easily made to disappear without scrubbing by using Aldon Efflorescence Treatment. If the white powder is old and is now "crystalline" that is bonded to the surface - it can be eaten away with Aldon Grout Residue Remover.

After the surface is completely dry and looks good, you can stop the efflorescence from returning with the appropriate Aldon sealer that creates a sub-surface barrier.

Renew a glossy finish
Aldon Sealer applications can be made hours or years later, but do not apply thin layer upon thin layer. Apply a sufficient quantity to insure below surface penetration & bonding. Or, for the solvent based penetrating sealers, test spraying lacquer thinner as an alternative to slightly melt and reform the surface and not build too much gloss or create sealer "layering". A layer of sealer on top of another layer of sealer can result in poor bonding between layers and that can cause separation peeling that looks grayish.

Many times "Lifeguard" is all you need to restore a sealed surface. Test that first if your sealer is only dulled down. And use Lifeguard for future protection of a restored sealer surface.

Concerned about Doing It Yourself or what your contractor says?
If you are concerned about doing it yourself - consider that the satisfaction of a project is directly related to YOUR knowledge of what needs to be done and how. Who actually does the work is less important. We estimate that 50% of the usage of Aldon products is by "do it yourself" homeowners and we know they are happy because we hear from them.

Our goal for our contractor customers - NO CALL BACKS. A good contractor will understand the logic of Aldon application instructions on the labels and will not take shortcuts. If a contractor does not agree, feel free to let us find out what is so unusual about this particular project so the contractor does not have to return.

Frequently Asked Questions - clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick
If you do not see the results you expect:

It is not a problem with the product! (They all do what we say they do!)
It is very important that you understand this concept so you do not waste time and effort in the wrong direction. Instead, think about what might be different about the job conditions that you were told or believe. We will assist in identifying what that might be and save you considerable time.
. Your conditions may have been misdiagnosed! (It can happen, even with all the information we provide.) Contact Us with the details and we will assist.
. The surface conditions (absorption rate, contaminants, temperatures, etc.) are other than thought.
. And/or - it was not applied per label instructions! (The instructions are designed to overcome the above, and overcome job conditions of which you might not be aware.)

Click here for FAQ's and : clean, protect, seal tile - stone - pavers - brick for this product.

To see tips on protecting walls and baseboards with masking, click here.

All strippers, including Aldon "Premium Stripper" do not remove what is below the surface, therefore, test with water drops when finished to determine floors ability to allow sealer penetration. If the floor (including grout joints) beads water you do not need any more sealer. Just use "Lifeguard" on this still non-absorbent surface.

If removing an Aldon sealer (and that should never be necessary) - see sealer product page to determine the sealer type. Also see the sealer label for any special considerations.

Health & Safety:
When you read all the health and safety warnings on a label, you will see we have done our best to make you think about working with any chemicals from any manufacturer. Even household cleaners purchased in supermarkets (many with more hazardous ingredients than we use because they are less expensive for the manufacturer) should be used with common sense and awareness. People have been injured by not knowing you can create poisonous gases by mixing chlorine bleach with some cleaning products. One of the many criteria involved in Aldon products is that all our products will be used with any other of our products and no normal combination of usage events should be hazardous. Nevertheless, use common sense and don't be in a hurry. Let each step prove itself satisfactorily before proceeding to the next.

Some people are allergic or sensitive to some chemicals, especially petroleum solvents. In that case, evaluate our water based products. With the solvent type products, immediately as applied use proper cross ventilation fans blowing across the floor and out the doors and windows. Do not use any chemical products from any manufacturer in a house with the sick, elderly, pets, babies, or other concerns.


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