Paving

Staining a new driveway

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

This question was asked by
Mrs Vanessa J Warren

We have just had a driveway done and the flags are too light in colour (I like them when they are wet!) Looking to darken them up in a grey but need to know exact colour and maybe try them out first (I have spare flags to test on)

If the flags look ok when they are wet then all you need to do is apply a sealer, this will leave the flags looking like they do when they are wet and it will protect them from stains and general wear and tear.

I have linked a couple of products below (you didn’t say if they were concrete or natural stone flags) the first one is for concrete surfaces and the second is for stone.

Block Paving & Imprinted Concrete Sealer SP (BPCSP)

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Drew Palin

Best sealant for Indian Stone?

Posted in External Sealants, FAQ, Paving, Sealants, Solvents, Stone, water based   

This question was asked by
Alan Buxton

which sealant is best for indian Stone solvent based or water based?

It all depends on how you want the sealed paving to look, a solvent based sealer will enhance the colours and leave the paving looking like it does when it is damp, whereas the water based sealer will leave the paving looking more like it does when the paving is dry.

Drew Palin

Indian Stone Sealer

Posted in External Sealants, FAQ, Patio, Paving, Sealants, Stone, water based   

This question was asked by
Ian Sutcliffe

l have had a patio laid two years ago with Indian stone and didn’t realise how easily it stained. I am going to clean it this spring and would like to see if l can protect it with a sealer but not darken the colour if possible, could you please advise, approximately 85 square meters area,

As you are looking to keep the paving looking as it does when it is dry I would recommend the Water based Matt sealer (link below) this will have very little effect on the appearance but will offer a good amount of protection for the stone.

Water Based Sealer Matt (WB25)

Drew Palin

Protecting stone from lichen and algae with sealer

Posted in External Sealants, FAQ, Moss and Algae, Patio, Paving, Sealants, Stone   

This question was asked by
marcus

I have a terrace of indian sandstone which has developed terrible black spot lichen everywhere. I have pressure hosed off as much as possible but cant get it all off. If I could keep it like it is that would be ok even tho some spots remain.
Would your Stone and Slate Protector prevent the regrowth of the lichens and algae.

Yes applying sealer to the surface will stop the algae and lichen from being able to take hold on the paving (it may form on the surface but it will be easy to wash off/treat), if the algae does come back (if there are a lot of trees in you area) it can be treated with our moss and algae remover which you just spray on to the paving and leave to do its thing.

Stone & Slate Protector (SSP)

Moss & Algae Remover (MOSS)

Drew Palin

Removing Resiblock sealer

Posted in FAQ, Paving   

This question was asked by
Andy

I’ve sealed my customers sandstone with resiblock superior gloss and wondered if you could advise if easy strip 2000 will remove it? And won’t damage the paving? And what is the application process.

Yes the Easystrip 2000 will remove the sealer without damaging the stone, you can find the full application instructions on the product page under the Tech Data tab.

EasyStrip 2000 Coating Remover (ES2000)

Drew Palin

Adseal for paved patio

Posted in Concrete, FAQ, Patio, Paving, Stone, Weeds   

This question was asked by
Philip Tagg

I have a paved patio which has stone or concrete slabs and in need of protection from stains and general annual growth. Can you advise what is the best product in your range to use?

If you are uncertain whether the flags are stone or concrete I would recommend using our Stone and Slate Protector (link below), this will be ok to use on either surface.

Stone and Slate Protector (SSP)

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

Stain products

Posted in Block Paving, Colouring, FAQ, Paving   

This question was asked by
John

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.

https://www.advancedsealingsolutions.co.uk/EasyStrip-2000-Coating-Remover.html

Drew Palin

Colours with Concrete Advantages

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

WHEN IT COMES TO COLOURING CONCRETE SURFACES LIKE PATIOS AND DRIVEWAYS, NOT ALL PRODUCTS ARE CREATED EQUAL. MICHAEL PALIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT ADSEAL, EXPLAINS MORE.

Adseal BMN 2

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.