Should you wet pavers before sealing?

In most cases, you should not wet pavers before sealing them. Sealing pavers is typically done on clean, dry surfaces to ensure proper adhesion and effectiveness of the sealer. Here’s why you generally should not wet pavers before sealing:

Clean Surface: Sealing is most effective when applied to clean and dry pavers. Wetting the pavers beforehand can introduce moisture and prevent the sealer from adhering properly, potentially leading to uneven or ineffective sealing.

Dilution: Wetting the pavers can dilute the sealer, making it less concentrated and less effective. This can result in a thinner protective coat and reduced durability.

Streaking and Blotching: Applying sealer to wet pavers can cause streaking and blotching as the moisture can interfere with the even distribution of the sealer, leading to uneven appearance.

Longer Drying Time: Moisture introduced by wetting the pavers can prolong the drying time of the sealer, potentially causing delays and increasing the risk of contaminants settling on the surface.

Before sealing your pavers, it’s essential to follow a proper preparation process, which typically includes:

Cleaning: Thoroughly clean the pavers to remove dirt, debris, stains, and any existing sealant if it’s a resealing job. Power washing or pressure washing is a common method for cleaning pavers.

Drying: Allow the pavers to dry completely after cleaning. Depending on weather conditions, this may take a day or more. It’s important to ensure that there is no residual moisture on the surface.

Sealing: Apply the sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring an even and consistent coat. Use the appropriate tools and techniques for the type of sealer you are using (e.g., roller, brush, or sprayer).

Drying Time: Allow the sealer to dry for the recommended duration before exposing the pavers to foot traffic or other activities. This drying time varies based on the sealer type and environmental conditions.

Always refer to the specific guidelines provided by the sealer manufacturer for the best results when sealing your pavers. Following the manufacturer’s instructions ensures that the sealer is applied correctly and that your pavers receive optimal protection.

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