White Patches on the drive

Posted in Driveway, FAQ, Solvents   

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Hi, do you sell ‘sealer repair fluid’ or similar ? My imprinted driveway is coated with your heavy duty sealer and is showing some white patches.

We do, but we just don”t give it a fancy name like other companies, it is just the solvent.

Could you send some pictures over as it is not alway blooming that causes the white patches and there is no point spending money on something that might not work.

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Drew Palin

What is the best sealer to use for a resin bound aggregate driveway?

Posted in Driveway, FAQ, Resin Stone, Sealants, water based   

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Graham Felton

Hi I have a resin surface driveway. The stones are coming loose more often. Could you tell me what sealer I would need and the best application kind regards Graham

Hi Graham

The only sealers I ever recommend using on Resin bound stone are our water based sealers (linked below).

Solvent based sealers, if over applied can cause the resin bound stone to lift and ultimately break up, using the water based you will never have this issue, regardless of how much you apply.
Drew Palin

Colours with Concrete Advantages

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, Concrete, Driveway, Patio, Paving, Stone, water based   


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With summer now upon us, many homeowners are looking at their driveways, patios and other paved areas with a view to realising improvements.

For some, it might be case of breathing new life into an old concrete surface where time, traffic and the good old British weather may have taken their toll.

For others, it could be a desire to realise something more creative such as a picture, a pattern or another design feature, possibly inspired by the numerous interior design and gardening programmes now on TV.

Whatever the motivation, there are different ways of achieving the same goal.

Paint. Best known but is it best suited?

Paint is a widely used solution for colouring or recolouring concrete surfaces in the UK. But just because it’s a common choice doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice.

Certainly paint has its attractions. It’s cost-effective for a start both in terms of product pricing and the labour costs needed to install it.

In fact, paints tend to be fairly low odour and fairly low in their use of hazardous chemicals meaning they can be applied by the untrained user.

Paint also comes in an enormous range of colours and those colours are usually predictable. Putting that another way, the colour you see in the tin is the colour you’ll end up with on your driveway, patio or paved area.

Paint does have its drawbacks however. These stem largely from the fact that paint doesn’t permeate the substrate it’s being applied to. Instead it adheres to its surface.

As a result, paint can be prone to cracking, peeling and flaking. It can also fade over time.

Plus, while paint can be used for some detailing type applications, there are other alternatives out there better suited to the task.

Related posts – Acid Etching and Chemical Stains, Water Based Colour Stains.


Taking the Acid Test

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, Concrete, Driveway, Patio, Paving   

Paint may be the default choice for many looking to colour or recolour concrete but acid etching using chemical stains offers another, less well-known alternative.

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Most stains used in acid etching are a mix of water, hydrochloric acid and acid-soluble metallic salts. They work by chemically reacting with the concrete.

First, the acid etches the surface allowing the metallic salts to penetrate more deeply. The stain then reacts and the resultant colour becomes a permanent, sub-surface part of the concrete.

As a result, acid based chemical stains offer some key advantages over paint such as the fact that they won’t crack, chip, peel or fade.

As for the drawbacks? Well, these stains come in a fairly limited colour palette typically restricted to earthy tones such as tans, browns and terra cottas.

The colours are also unpredictable. The colour you see in the tin can be different to the colour you end up with because the staining relies on chemical reactions. Colours can also be blotchy in their intensity.

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Bigger issues stem from the use of hydrochloric acid. Acid based stains must be applied by trained professionals familiar with COSHH working practices. As such, while product costs for acid based stains are comparable to those of paint, labour costs are invariably higher.

Acid based chemical stains also give off unpleasant odours which can linger and they are messy.

After their application, the treated surface must be neutralized with a mild alkaline detergent. After that, the surface must be washed with liberal amounts of clean water.

Acid based chemical stains are also unsuitable for detailed work as the colour tends to weep into surrounding areas.

Related posts – Colours with Concrete Advantages, Water Based Colour Stains.

Does my stamped/printed concrete driveway definitely require sealing?

Posted in Concrete, Driveway, Top 20 FAQs   

The simple answer is yes, it is important that stamped or printed concrete is well sealed as the colour in the concrete is only in the first few millimetres, so if the colour wears off back to the concrete it is very difficult if not impossible to get it looking right again.

The easiest way to avoid this is to make sure the seal is regularly maintained.

I just had my driveway laid. How long should I wait before I begin the sealing process?

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A common misconception is that you have to wait 3-9 months to seal paving, this is not the case at all, as long as there is no efflorescence (white chalky deposits on the surface) then the paving can be sealed as soon as it has been laid.

How frequently should I think about sealing my paving?

Posted in Block Paving, Driveway, Garage Floors, Paving   

As with a lot of things this is a bit like asking, how long is a piece of string.

There are many factors that determine how frequently the paving will need recoating, the biggest of these is how frequently the paving is driven/walked on.

The absolute shortest period the paving should need recoating is 12 – 18 months, this is with very heavy usage ie. a fully loaded van driving across it two or three times a day, but the chances are that it will last much longer.

What quantity of sealants will I require for sealing my driveway?

Posted in Driveway   

This all depends on how porous the paving is, but as a general rule of thumb for applying 2 coats a 25ltr drum will cover apprix: block paving 50m per drum: pattern imprint 70m2: flags/slabs 70m2 and tarmac 65m2. These are approximate guidelines only and actual figures may vary.

Whats your delivery time ?

Posted in Block Paving, Concrete, Driveway, External Sealants, Internal Sealants, Moss and Algae, Oil Stains, Patio, Paving, Resin Stone, Solvents, Tarmac, water based   

Delivery is usually 2-5 days

Our drive has lots of cars, 10 mil does not seem a lot, will it stand up to to the wear?

Posted in Driveway, External Sealants   

Yes for standard use ie. cars vans etc.. the required thickens is fine, if however it is in a commercial area, then you can increase the thickness but this will reduce the coverage rates of the packs.