A Guide on Applying Block Paving Sealer in the UK

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Applying a specialised block paving sealer is a great choice for any property in the UK. It can ensure that your paving stones remain clean and practical for years to come. These treatments are used to protect all kinds of exterior household features, including:

  • Driveways. 
  • Garden Paths. 
  • Public Pathways. 

If you want to protect your property from a variety of damages, including weeds and other natural growths, get in touch today. Here at Paintmaster, we can deliver a range of block paving sealant for properties in the UK. By choosing to protect your paving stones with industry-leading sealers, you’ll be able to avoid a range of damages.

What are the Benefits of Block Paving Sealer?

Thanks to the hard-wearing nature of block paving sealant, you will be able to effectively protect any kind of paving surface. These treatments will provide your paving with a dirt and damage-resistant seal. This will prevent weeds, mould and other growths from appearing in your driveways.

Additionally, this sealant will be able to stop dirt and damage from negatively affecting your property’s driveway or walkway. This can reduce the amount of cleaning you will be required to undertake.

Things to Consider Before Applying Block Paving Sealer

Do I Need to Clean My Driveway Before Applying Block Paving Sealant?

Before you start to protect your paving, you should ensure it is in the condition you want it to remain. This means that you’ll need to conduct a thorough cleaning of your outdoor feature before applying the sealant treatment. You need to make sure that the space you are sealing is completely free of:

  • Dirt, this includes: 
    • Oil. 
    • Stains. 
    • Mud. 
    • Footprints. 
    • Tyre Tracks.
  • Natural Growths, such as: 
    • Weeds. 
    • Moss. 
    • Algae. 
    • Mould. 
  • Insects, including Ants. 

If any of these irritants are in-place, a paving sealant will not be able to adhere correctly to the surface. This will cause the entre protective treatment to become compromised. Alternatively, it could seal in the dirt, leaving an ugly aesthetic which will be extremely difficult to eliminate.

Once you have effectively cleaned your block paving stones, you should always leave it a few days to dry. Any treatments that you apply to a wet surface will not adhere correctly or may not dry as they need to.

What Kind of Block Paving Sealant Will I Use?

There are several different kinds of paving treatment available. Some types, for example, will require multiple coats whereas some will only need the one. If you apply two coats, you will normally get a glossier finish than if you rely on the one.

One of the main things that you need to consider is the finish that you want on your driveway or path. For example, some block paving sealer will deliver a matt finish, whereas others will deliver a satin finish.

How Should Block Paving Sealer Be Applied?

There are several different ways of applying this sealant treatment to your driveway or walkway. Most of these treatments can be applied reliably with a paint roller and tray. Some people prefer to use a sprayer to deliver a quick application of the sealant treatment. However, you need to make sure that the sealer is compatible with a spray application. In most cases, a roller and tray application will work best.

How Do I Apply Block Paving Sealer to My Driveway or Pathway?

Whenever you are applying any kind of paint, sealant or treatment, you should always make sure that it is a warm, dry day. Rain or cold weather can prevent the treatment from drying and adhering as it should do. Ideally, you want the area to remain dry for up to a day following your application, just to make sure the treatment has been applied.

When you go to apply your block paving sealant, you should make sure that you follow Paintmaster’s professional guide. This can ensure that you are able to distribute the treatment evenly and cleanly across your workspace.

A Step-By-Step Guide on Applying Block Paving Sealer:

  1. Manufacturer’s Instruction – Firstly, you should always read the manufacturer’s instructions. This can help you to avoid any nasty surprises and ensure you are using the treatment as intended.
  2. Old Clothing – Always wear old or protective clothing and footwear when applying a sealant. In most cases, it can also be useful to take advantage of protective gloves, eye protection and facial masks. This can prevent the sealant from getting into your eyes or staining your hands.
  3. Where to Start? – You should always start applying the sealant at a corner edge, working outwards. This will prevent you from going over the same space multiple times and creating an uneven surface.
  4. Applying the Paving Sealant – You should always work to apply the sealant in straight lines across the paving. Take care that you don’t cut off the point where you are keeping your sealant. That way, you won’t be required to walk on the sealed surface and ruin your surface treatment.
  5. Saturate the Surface – It is a good idea to saturate the surface of your paving with your sealant treatment. This will allow the sand of the paving to absorb as much of the sealant as possible. You need to ensure that the sealer doesn’t pool in the joints of your driveway. This will prevent the sealant from drying and create a potential harmful surface.
  6. Multiple Coats – It is always advisable to apply a second coat of the sealant whenever possible. This way, you can improve the overall protection and ensure that you didn’t forget any area of your driveway.

Once you’ve completed your application of sealer, you should keep vehicles off the surface for at least 24 hours. If possible, you should try to avoid standing on the treated area for at least 4 hours. This will allow the sealant to dry evenly.

Get in Touch with Paintmaster for Industry-Leading Block Paving Sealer

Here at Paintmaster, our experienced team can deliver specialist block paving sealant for properties across the UK. Thanks to our industry-leading pavement sealants, you’ll be able to provide complete protection against weeds, dirt and damage for many years to come.

For more information on the benefits that our sealant can provide, get in touch with our team today. You can reach our experienced team by calling us directly on 01663 733633. You can also email any questions or concerns that you might have to sales@paintmaster.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.