How to seal outdoor pavers

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How to seal outdoor pavers

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Project Overview

Pavers can look great in your backyard or around a pool. But over time, they can start to look tired and worn. We’ll show you how to give them a good clean and how to seal them, which protects them and extends their lifetime so they’ll look great for years to come. Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Sweep the pavers
2 High-pressure clean the pavers
3 Scrub any persistent stains
4 Check the pavers are dry
5 Apply the sealer
6 Apply a second coat
7 Job done
  • Step 1. Sweep the pavers

    The first step is to sweep the pavers to get rid of any leaves or debris.
  • Step 2. High-pressure clean the pavers

    After sweeping, use a high-pressure washer to finish cleaning the pavers. Make sure you’ve got your safety gear on when using the high-pressure cleaner.
  • Step 3. Scrub any persistent stains

    If there are still some stains or marks on the pavers, use some sugar soap with a scourer to scrub them clean.
  • Step 4. Check the pavers are dry

    It’s important to let the pavers fully dry before applying the sealer. A good tip is to tape a piece of plastic over a section of paver and leave it for two hours. If there’s moisture under the plastic, it means the area is too damp to seal. You should then leave it to dry for another day and repeat the test. If you have concrete pavers you may need to apply an etcher before sealing them.
  • Step 5. Apply the sealer

    Give the sealer a good stir before pouring some into the paint tray. Cut in around the edges of the pavers with a brush. Then apply the rest of the sealer with a roller.
  • Step 6. Apply a second coat

    Once the first coat is dry, apply a second coat of sealer if it’s needed.
  • Step 7. Job done

    Now all you need to do is wait a couple of hours for the pavers to dry before you can walk on them.

Tools and Materials


  • Bucket
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • High pressure washer and hose attachment
  • Outdoor broom
  • Paint roller with extension pole
  • Paint tray
  • Safety glasses


  • Cloth or rag
  • Scouring pad
  • Stone and paving sealer
  • Sugar soap

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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