To Seal or Not to Seal?
This is a question many customers want to know.
Well, what you are trying to achieve? Manufacturers suggest waiting at least 30 days to seal, to allow the dyes in the pavers to dry out. Sealing with a solvent-based sealer prior to this will — not “might” — will lead to blushing. Blushing is when the moisture gets trapped between the sealer and the paver, causing a white film to appear. Unfortunately, that white film is permanent! The only way to remove it is to completely strip the sealer off and start over.
Our recomendation is to be patient and have your pavers pressure-cleaned and sealed 30 days after installation with a solvent-based sealer that will protect against oil stains and lock your color in.
But if you feel you MUST seal right away…
If you are concerned with sealing your pavers right away, there is a process you can do, called Invis-a-Shield. It is a water-based sealer that penetrates the paver. It will not blush because it actually absorbs into the brick and protects the color right away. It does not, however, protect against oil stains and other harsh issues.
Questions? Just call. Easy as pie.