Block Paving

Preparation and sealing of block pave drive

Posted in Block Paving, Driveway, External Sealants, FAQ, Moss and Algae, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Paul Hodgetts

I have a large drive that I jet wash each year however each year the drive needs to be re-done as the blocks are becoming more discoloured and have moss around them. can you recommend a sealant I should apply to improve the finish of the drive, reduce the discolouring and keep the moss at bay?

Most people don’t realise that jet washing paving regular is very bad for the surface, jet washing accelerates wear effectively reducing the lift span of the paving, as well as this is makes the surface rougher which is better for moss and algae, allowing them to get a better hold on the surface and finally, jet washing when the sand isn’t sealed can remove too much sand and over time will start to affect the sub base which can cause the block to become unseated and become unstable.

I always recommend the people seal their paving as it helps to reduce the moss and algae build up and protects the surface which means it will last much longer before it needs to be replaced.

The sealer I always use and recommend for block paving is our Block paving and imprinted concrete SP sealer (link below), this sealer will give you the best protection and give the best finish.

Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP (BPCSP)

Drew Palin

Advice on stain colours

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, Driveway, External Sealants, FAQ, Paving, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Jon-Luke Kirton

We have a a large driveway (approx 200m2) with standard red block pavers. We would like to change the colour of these to a slate grey colour (we have a period character sandstone and traditional scottish slate house). What products would you recommend for this look to be achieved?

To completely change the colour of the paving is entirely doable, I have linked below the products you would need and if you check out the videos section you will find how to guides for the prep and the application.

Firstly you would need to remove any sealer that might be on the surface using either the Solstrip or Easystrip 1000 for acrylic sealers or the Easystrip 2000 if it is a Polyurethane sealer.

Once this is done you will need to profile the surface to make it porous to accept the stain then you would apply the Solid colour stain as a base colour, then a diluted Smartcolour to give the 2 tone antiqued effect.

After the stain has cured for 24 hours you will need to re apply a sealer coat.

Solid Colour Stain (SOLID)

Smart Colour Stain (SMART)

EasyStrip 1000 Coating Remover (ES1000)

Eco Acid [profiler] (EA)

Drew Palin

Drive sealant

Posted in Block Paving, Driveway, External Sealants, FAQ, Oil Stains, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Steve Wilde

I’ve just had a new block paved drive laid and I’m wanting to seal it. It’s 130sq.m. and it will have 2 cars and a caravan on it on a regular basis. I’m wanting to proof it from oil leaks and stains but also enhance the colour to a sort of a ‘wet look’ without making it look too glossy. What do you recommend?

I would recommend using the Block paving SP sealer this will do what you are looking for, I would suggest getting 2 x 25 ltrs and 1 x 20 ltrs to complete the job.

Drew Palin

Stain products

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, FAQ, Paving   

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Will this work on block paving.

Yes they will, they are ok to use on any concrete based product, just bear in mind that the coverage will be severely reduced, by at least half.

Drew Palin

Removing Resiblock/polyurthanes

Posted in Block Paving, FAQ, Paving, Sealants, Solvents, water based   

This question was asked by
Jon corke

i sealed my block paved drive about 6 weeks or so ago i used resiblock matt superior this is a solvent based sealant, but it has dried awful leaving big black circles an dirt marks, made the drive look awful, do you guys sell a sealer remover for that kind of sealer? If you do will it damage the block paving? We have barleystone castlepave smooth blocks in birch colour, thanks in advance

Yes we do have a stripping solution that will work with the Resiblock sealers (link below), this is an eco friendly water based stripper so is very safe to use and won’t damage the paving.

Drew Palin


Posted in Block Paving, Concrete, FAQ, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Pam Hayes

I will need to buy the Concrete and Block Paving Sealer SP, and also the Stone and Slate sealer. As these contain solvents etc. are these dangerous to pets?

They can only cause an issue whilst drying, once it is dry its fine, usually not much more than 2 hours (depending on the weather).
But unless they walk over it as you are actually applying the seal it will only cause a little bit of irritation to the pads, nothing that would require treatment.

Drew Palin

Patio Sealers

Posted in Block Paving, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Adrian Wills

We have a large patio laid with Marshall Saxon Buff paving.
This has been down @ 7 years and is power washed annually. Despite this as it ages it appears to get dirty quite quickly.
Are there any sealants within your range you would recommend?

Regular pressure washing of any paving is quite bad for it, it accelerates the wear damage and significantly reduces the life of the paving.
I would suggest using our Block paving sealer (link below) this will protect the surface and reduce the need to pressure wash and reduce the damage it causes.

Drew Palin

Concrete Sealer & Block Paving Sealer – application advice

Posted in Block Paving, FAQ   

This question was asked by
Peter Ludgate

Is a plastic decorators pail/scuttle suitable for decanting your Concrete Sealer & Block Paving Sealer?
It occurs to me that it may degrade the plastic & cause the scuttle to collapse.

As long as you don’t by a cheap one you should be fine, I have use them for years for the sealer and we even sell them in our shop.

Drew Palin

Product information + product coverage M2

Posted in Block Paving, FAQ, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Graham Skeer

Existing pattern imprinted concrete requires new lease of life. What product do you recommend. Current use is driveway parking taking 3.5 ton truck. Current colour is a Gold colour which we would like to keep. Need quick drying product as we have dogs which require going out for walks. Do you require a photograph? What is budget cost of approximately 50m2

I would recommend using the Super plus version of the concrete sealer,(link below) it will last longer than the standard version and will cope with the heavy truck better. this sealer is usually dry enough to walk on after 2 hours (depending on temperature), 20 litres will be enough to cover 50m2.
Drew Palin

Product Recommendation

Posted in Block Paving, Concrete, FAQ, Sealants   

This question was asked by
Conrad Lidgett

I have just cleaned and re-sanded a driveway made of Tegula blocks. I’d like to be able to seal the drive with something that will bring out the colours in the Tegula block but don’t want to end up with a wet look. Could you recommend a seal that will give the result I’m after?

For what you are looking for I would recommend using the Concrete and block paving sealer, (link below) this will bring out the colours and give a satin type finish.
Drew Palin