Frequently Asked Questions

 
Can Restore Paver Color be rolled or sprayed on?

No, it cannot be rolled or sprayed on.  The pigments are constantly settling.  They do not have an additive, like in paint, which keeps the colored pigments suspended.  Which is why you have to stir every time the brush is dipped.

 

Will this product make my pavers slippery?

No, RPC will not create slippery conditions.

 

Will RPC change the color of my pavers?

If your paver has absorption, then yes, the color can be changed with RPC.  Absorption is one of the keys to success.  Concrete pavers typically have good absorption as long as a sealer has not been applied.  Do the “water test” on your pavers.  Does it darken when wet?  Then yes, the RPC system is right for your project.  If the water beads up and stays the same color, a sealer has been applied and must be completely removed before using the RPC kit.

How much area will a kit cover?

A Standard kit will cover approximately 260 square feet.  Our sample size kit will cover approximately 20 square feet.

Does my patio/sidewalk have to be cleaned before staining?

General, most patio/sidewalks are ok to stain, as is.  If there is excessive dirt, algae/moss or glue, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, paint, wax, rust or any other foreign matter, then it must be cleaned prior to staining (follow your paver manufacturers recommended cleaning directions, be cautious with pressure washing).

 

What conditions are right for successful staining?

The pavers must be dry (no rain for 24 hours prior or after time of staining).  They also be free from any acid or cleaning-solution residue.  Our stains react poorly with acids, especially muriatic acid which can affect how well it bonds with the surface.

 

Can I stain in any temperature?

No, the paver temperature must be a minimum of 50 degrees F and no more than 100 degrees F.   This means the air temperature needs to be in the 50s for a least a couple of weeks (if you are in a colder climate).  If the air temperature is above 100 for a substantial amount of time, our stains could dry too quickly and leave brush stroke lines.

 

Will the color I choose look exactly like the picture?

No, each project will be unique.  Please keep in mind our stains are transparent, so the base color will play a part in the end results.  Think of our stains as you would use the color wheel (Blue and Yellow mixed together to make Green or in the brick world, if you have an orange brick and want it to go red, yellow must be added and usually another color such as blue for a burgundy red or green for a browner red).  Our stains bond with the surface of the paver to create the new look.

 

Can I customize a color?

Yes, by a couple ways.  You can start with as little as 1 level teaspoon of pigment to 1/2 cup of RPC Solution for a subtle change of color. Or if you would like a more vibrant color, you can put a second application on after the first one has completely dried.  (The instructions say add 2 & 1/2 level teaspoon of pigment to 1/2 cup of solution.)  If you, stain 2 to 3 pavers per dip of the brush, an range of color can also be created.

Or we do offer a Custom Restore Paver Color kit which comes with primary colors, black and white for you to create (or match something in particular) a unique to your project.  Just give us a call at 888-698-8705 or 574-234-1812 to order over the phone.

 

How soon can I walk or drive on the pavers after staining?

Within 30 minutes, the pavers will be completely dry and ready to be driven or walked on.

 

Can absorbent pavers be lightened, or does it only darken? 

Yes, they can be lightened.  Depending on how absorptive the pavers are, there might be limits to the degree of change.  For example, our stains cannot change a black paver to a snowy white nor will it change a white paver to a dark blue.

 

Will your product stain mortar around my pavers?

Yes, as long as a sealer has not been used, RPC can change the color of mortar also.

 

How long with Restore Paver Color stay on my pavers?

We estimate 8 to 10 years.  However, it does depend on how much wear (walking/driving) and weather the paver is exposed to.  We do guarantee RPC will never peel, crack, blister or flake.

 

Will Restore Paver Color seal my pavers?

No, this process is breathable and does not create a layer and will not seal the paver.

 

Can I send pictures to get advice on my project?

Yes, please email your pictures and questions to info@masonrycosmetics.com and we will be happy to assist you.

 

How soon after my pavers are installed can they be stained?

As soon as they are completely dry with typically installation.  If a mortar has been used to set the pavers, 2 weeks to a month should be enough for the mortar to cure and then they can be stained.

 

How long should I wait to clean the pavers I have stained?

  Once they have dried completely (usually only a day or two).  Be cautious with what is used to clean.  Acids and bleaches can remove the Restore Paver Color.  Power washing above 400 psi can etch your pavers and/or possibly take off the color also.

 

Can I put a sealer on after I stain my pavers?

We don’t recommend sealing.  Our process does not require it to make the color last longer.  Also, if you wanted to change the color again in a few years, the sealer would prevent our stains from changing the color.  

 

Can I remove a sealer if already applied to my pavers?

In our experience, it is difficult to remove all of a sealer.  The best product to use would come from the same manufacturer of the sealer applied.  If the sealer is removed, RPC should still be able to change the color.

 

Is Restore Paver Color an acid-based stain?

No, RPC is environmentally friendly, contains no VOCs or acid.  Our Proven Masonry Stain is a proprietary formula which will change the color of absorptive masonry.

What comes in the kit?

Pigment, solution, measuring cups & spoons, mixing jar & a 2” brush along with written instructions.

 

Will the original color of my paver show through after it has been stained?

Our stains are transparent, so the background color plays a part in the end results.  If you have a light red colored paver and are trying to change it to a charcoal, some of the red might show through.  If you do one application, let it dry completely and then apply a second time, you can “build” the color.