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Driveway Pavers - Concrete & Clay

For the thinner and more absorbent type of tile that is
also called "pavers", see our page on unglazed tiles.

How to:

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Strip & Restore | Easy Care

Paver Sealers and Sealing instructions
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Concrete Pavers .................. Clay Pavers

Sealing clay pavers - endview showing spacer ribs driveway paver brick

Advantages of Driveway Pavers:
. Extremely tough and durable. Used in Europe for decades in high volume commercial parking areas.
. Sand joints and bed allow for easy removal for design modifications or subsurface repair work.
. The sand bed and joint method saves money over concrete bed and joint.
. Great variety of colors and shapes allow for a wide spectrum of creative design. Also available in a "tumbled" type that is more antiqued and has rounded edges.
Pavers can sometimes arrive with efflorescence (white powder stains), transit scuffing, vibration scuffing, or acquire these later. See this page for restoration tips.
About sand stabilizers and white smears or spots on pavers:
Sometimes a paver installation might have a "sand stabilizer" mixed in with the sand. These are basically a glue type powder and can use terms like "polymeric" or "poly..." something, or some other descriptive word.
Many times this powder ends up on the face of the pavers, then during the wetting process to liquify the glue in the sand, it is also liquified on the pavers resulting is white spots or smears. Or, another cause is a little of the glue washing out during the wetting process and leaving the light colored smears on the pavers.

This residue needs to be removed before sealing. Usually, lacquer thinner will dissolve this glue and allow it to be wiped off. If not, test Aldon "Premium Stripper" as that will certainly clean glue off. This issue can be avoided because the appropriate Aldon sealer will also glue together the sand particles in the single step of sealing.

As you progress down this page you will see:
  • The products you may need for surface Preparation before sealing.
  • Pictures of each of the recommended sealers for this surface type. Click the sealer's picture for it's full description.
  • Handy tips to prevent issues that others have had before coming to Aldon.
  • Perhaps more information than you need now, but might be of interest later.

Surface Preparation before sealing grout
What you need for your Driveway Pavers project

You have 1 of the 3 possible situations that follow. The products you need are listed in the sequence that you would use them. Click the picture to add a product to your list.

#1. If the Driveway Pavers will be grouted

Use 1st 2nd 3rd
concrete paver clean
*Grout Easy

clay paver cleaner
**Grout Residue

Remove paver efflorescence

* Only if grouting the pavers instead of sand joints.
** If the pavers have been scarred by the installation process.
*** If the pavers have efflorescence (white powder stains)

#2. If the Driveway Pavers are not yet sealed.

1st 2nd
Paver grout residue
*Grout Residue

white powdery stains on pavers
* If the pavers have been scarred by the installation process.
** If the pavers have efflorescence (white powder stains)

#3. If the Driveway Pavers have been sealed in the past.

Use 1st 2nd
Paver sealer remover

polymeric haze
*Grout Residue

* If, after stripping, you find old crystal efflorescence from years ago, or scarring from the original installation process.

Your Choices for Sealing

But First - click here to remove the guess work about sealer results on your project:

Most people have no idea about the history and characteristics of their flooring. You can click this link to see how to easily test with water drops and understand which sealer is most appropriate for your goals.

Some questions you may not be thinking to ask right now that could become important:
    . Was it sealed in the past? Does that matter?
    . Will a new sealer be compatible with whatever was used before?
    . What Aldon sealer will give the visual results you want?
    . Will you also be able to have an Aldon sealer solve problem(s)? ( Answer: yes. Just know which to pick.)

"Same Day Sealer" on Driveway Pavers. This sealer is Water Base | Penetrating Type. Provides: No color enhancement or gloss. Coverage guidelines (depending on absorption) 250 to 600 sq.ft./gal.

paver sealer no gloss or color change
Add to Project List

Case (4 gal)


Case 12 qt

When you do not want any gloss creation or color enhancement.

protect interlocking pavers

. One Application and Fully Sealed.
. No Color Change or Gloss
. To illustrate that this paver is sealed - there were water drops placed at all four corners. The bottom left corner was not sealed and immediately absorbed.

"S-B-S Sealer" on Driveway Pavers Tile. This sealer is | Solvent Base | Penetrating Type. Provides: color enhancement | low gloss | strengthening | efflorescence barrier. Coverage guidelines (depending on absorption) 150 to 500 sq.ft./gal.

paver sand stabilizer
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Case (4 gal)

When you want a little color enhancement and little or no gloss.

paver sand stabilizer stains

. Very low or no gloss
. Color enhancing
. Joint sand stabilizing
. Easy application and forgiving of overlap. The S-B-S label has a special section in the application instructions devoted to interlocking pavers.

See below for "Penetrating Paver Sealer" that is formulated for the unique characteristics of interlocking concrete or clay driveway pavers

"Penetrating Paver Sealer" on Driveway Pavers. This sealer is Solvent Base | Penetrating Type. Provides: color enhancement and gloss. Coverage guidelines (depending on absorption) 100 to 200 sq.ft./gal.
This sealer was formulated originally for a large paver manufacturer. It met the specifications they wanted for their customers. That is:
. Definite color enhancement.
. The right amount of gloss creation (low, medium) for the density and low porosity of driveway pavers.
. Very long lasting under the automobile tire abuse of a driveway.

Paver restore the driveway
Add to Project List

Case (4 gl)

stop efflorescence on driveway pavers

Restore driveway paver color

. These two pictures are the other half of the same paver shown above for "S-B-S Sealer"
. Top Picture: One Application - Fully Sealed - Color Enhanced - Medium Gloss Level
. Bottom Picture: Same Piece - Second Application to Increase Gloss - Color Enhanced - High Gloss Level
(A low gloss finish is typically better for the high abuse level of driveways.)

Easy Care Products: for a any floor or wall.

Patio paver cleaning


Case 4 gal

Patio paver sealing



Case 12 qts

"Insta-Clean" removes food, grease, oil, etc. stain causing materials - from floors, patio furniture, machinery.
"Maintain" - for no streak wet mopping of Driveway Pavers and all other types of flooring.

Paver sealer removal

Case 4 gal

Don't hurt pavers with muriatic acid dust



Case 16 pts

"Lifeguard" prevents traffic wear to a sealer. Adds gloss.
"Dust Whiz" - easy dry mop dust pickup at 1,000 sq. ft. in 3 minutes.

Items of Interest

You may have heard of concerns about Driveway Pavers. All of them would be prevented with the information we provide here. Therefore, you can have the floor you want!

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 these 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. To see why, Click here!

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: Porous Stone 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 "pre-seal" - apply a sealer BEFORE grouting.
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 penetrating 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.

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.

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.

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