Belden Pavers & Stones: Pavers installation and repairs
Belden Pavers & Stones: Sealing Brick Pavers and Pavestones
Socrates Pinto |
Published: April 18, 2024

Detailed Guide to Sealing Brick Pavers and Pavestones

Step 1: Choose the Right Sealer

Types of Sealers:

  • Film-Forming Sealers: These sealers create a barrier on the surface of the pavers, which helps to repel water, oil, and other contaminants. They often leave a glossy finish that enhances the color of the pavers. They’re ideal for high-traffic areas as they are durable and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the pavers.
  • Penetrating Sealers: These absorb into the pavers and provide protection from within. They help in resisting moisture and de-icing salts, making them suitable for colder climates. They usually leave a natural, matte finish, maintaining the original look of the pavers.

Brand Suggestions:

  • Film-Forming: Behr Premium Wet-Look Sealer offers a durable glossy finish.
  • Penetrating: Eagle Natural Seal provides excellent protection while maintaining the natural appearance of the stone.

Step 2: Prepare the Surface

Cleaning the Pavers:

Remove all debris, dirt, and stains to ensure that the sealer adheres properly.

Use a pressure washer for thorough cleaning. For oily or greasy stains, a degreaser like Krud Kutter or a concrete cleaner like Simple Green can be effective.

It’s essential that the pavers are completely dry before applying the sealer, so choose a sunny day or give them enough time to air dry.

Step 3: Apply the Sealer

Tools for Application:

  • Sprayer: For quick and even coverage, a pump sprayer or a power sprayer like the Wagner Control Pro 130 can be highly effective. This method is preferable for large areas.
  • Roller: For more controlled application, especially in smaller or intricate areas, a paint roller with a long handle and a medium-nap roller cover, like those from Wooster, is ideal. Rollers help in achieving an even coat without over-application, which is crucial for preventing sealer haze.

Application Tips:

  • Apply in a thin, even coat to avoid pooling and excess buildup.
  • For best results, apply two thin coats rather than one thick coat, allowing the first coat to dry as directed before applying the second.

Step 4: Allow Adequate Drying Time

Drying time varies based on sealer type, temperature, and humidity. Typically, 24 hours of drying time is recommended before allowing foot traffic and up to 72 hours for vehicle traffic.

Avoid sealing on extremely hot days or in direct sunlight, as this can cause the sealer to dry too quickly, leading to uneven coverage.

Step 5: Maintenance

Regular cleaning and periodic resealing every 2-3 years will help maintain the aesthetic appeal and durability of the pavers.

Monitor the appearance of the pavers; if you notice dullness or visible wear, it may be time to reapply the sealer.


Properly sealing your brick pavers and pavestones protects them from the elements, enhances their color, and can prevent weed growth and ant hills by stabilizing the joint sand. This guide provides a comprehensive approach to choosing the right materials and applying them correctly, ensuring that your driveway and patios remain beautiful and durable for years to come. Remember, always follow the specific instructions provided by the sealer manufacturer and consider the environmental conditions in your area to optimize the sealing process.

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Disclaimer: The brands mentioned in this post, including Behr Premium, Eagle, Krud Kutter, Simple Green, Wagner, and Wooster, are suggested based on their popularity and perceived effectiveness in various sealing projects. However, this does not constitute an endorsement of these products. We recommend that users carefully review and follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using any tools or applying any materials. Additionally, it’s important to consider the specific needs of your project and the compatibility of the products with your paver materials to ensure optimal results. This information is provided as a suggestion only, and users should conduct their own research and consultation as necessary to choose the most suitable products for their specific needs.

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