Applying Wet Look Sealant for Pavers


If you’ve recently decided to use a wet look sealant for pavers in order to enhance the look of your patio, walkway, or driveway, you may be wondering about the best way to apply it. Putting a quality sealer on your pavers isn’t difficult, though you should know a handful of things before you get started. This is the reason we’ve put this short article together: to help you protect and enhance your pavers with a wet look sealant.

Before you get started, you should decide which wet look sealant for pavers you’re going to use. Then, you should gather any other materials and equipment you’ll need, such as cleaning equipment, joint sand, a garden sprayer, etc. Once you’ve got everything needed to get started, follow these simple steps to get your wet look sealant on your pavers…

Thoroughly Clean Your Pavers

Before you even think about sealing your pavers, you need to make sure that they are completely clean. Any stains, debris, or moisture that you leave on your pavers will be trapped underneath the wet look sealant. And the whole purpose of sealing your pavers is protecting them from such things!

You can get your pavers clean via several different means. If you have access to a power washer, that’s a great option for blasting away any stains. On the other hand, a good cleaning agent and a stiff bristle brush can do wonders too. It doesn’t really matter how you get them clean. All that matters is that you remove any contaminants or impurities and give them enough time to dry before applying any sealant to your pavers.

Sand Your Pavers

Once your pavers are spotless, you’ll want to add any necessary joint sand. Simply pour the sand into the joints and then sweep away any excess. You’ll want the sand to sit about 1/8” from the top of the pavers. Once you’ve gotten the sand in the paver joints and removed any remaining sand from your pavers’ surfaces, you’re ready to move to the application step.

Apply Wet Look Sealant for Pavers

Applying wet look sealant for pavers generally works the same way as applying any other kind of sealant. You can either use a roller or a sprayer to get the sealant on the pavers. However, we recommend using a sprayer if it all possible because a roller may leave your paver space with splotchy, uneven coverage. The only time you might have to use a roller is if your sealant is particularly thick. Though, if you go with a water-based wet look sealant for pavers, you shouldn’t have this issue.

After you’ve completed your first coat of sealer, it’s a good idea to let it sit for a couple of hours before deciding whether you’ll need a second coat. If you need a second coat, you can apply it at that time. Once you’ve finished applying the necessary coats, you’ll want to let it cure for at least 24 hours before resuming normal foot traffic.

That’s it! The only other thing you’ll want to make sure you don’t forget is to check the weather before you get started. We don’t recommend trying to apply a wet look sealant for pavers during inclement weather.

Use Seal ‘n Lock Super Wet Look for that “wet look”. Click here for more information.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Susan

    Interested in buying ur product of Wet-Look paver Sealer although, I’m not real clear on the directions if the ending result leaves the patio slippery to walk on in rainy weather well after the first or second application.
    Does the term WetLook indicate a slippery surface in general?
    Thank you for ur response

    1. John R

      Hi Susan,

      The term “Wet Look” is used to describe what the pavers will look like after they are sealed, it doesn’t mean the end result will be slippery. However applying too many coats or an excess amount of any sealer can and generally will induce slippery conditions, especially when the surface is wet. A textured polymer additive can be added to the sealer which will help inhibit slippery conditions. Sherwin Williams sells Sharks Grip and we offer a textured polymer additive that is designed to go through the Seal ‘n Lock Pail Pump. Both will inhibit slippery conditions.

      Feel free to contact us with any more questions.

  2. Chris

    Hi John, I recently had my paver patio sealed by painters. It was a dry day. But stormed very bad that same night. The very next morning, I was worried due to the bad storm ( a lot of rain -wind)

    Sure enough, certain areas of the paver border winded up with dried sand and dirt from lawn. The dried sand is from area’s they had to fill. After pressure washing it.

    Our paver patio border looks dirty. ??? And we just had it sealed!!

    We tried brushing it off with brush, no luck ??

    Any safe suggestions to get rid of dried sand and dirt from sealer??? Without damaging the paver border??

    Appreciate any feedback!!

    Thank you,

    1. John R

      Hi Chris,

      Unfortunately there is no easy way to get rid of dirt trapped in the sealer once it’s cured.

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