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Old 2010-05-16, 11:46 PM
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Planning to do interlock on driveway, walkway and patio. Just wondering if we should seal it. If so, what material is best for it?

I saw on internet, once it is sealed, the color of the stone looks different and kind of shinny (I personally don't like it).

But, if I don't seal it, what happens if a guest who parks on my driveway and leaks oil it. Will I be able to remove the oil stain?
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Old 2010-05-17, 08:31 AM
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Planning to do interlock on driveway, walkway and patio. Just wondering if we should seal it. If so, what material is best for it?

I saw on internet, once it is sealed, the color of the stone looks different and kind of shinny (I personally don't like it).

But, if I don't seal it, what happens if a guest who parks on my driveway and leaks oil it. Will I be able to remove the oil stain?
Sealing interlock will only result in you having to routinely seal it to maintain the uniform look. I like the look of it natural. I've had oil dripped on my driveway and had no issues removing it...but I caught it right away.
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Old 2010-05-17, 09:16 AM
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Sealing interlock will only result in you having to routinely seal it to maintain the uniform look. I like the look of it natural. I've had oil dripped on my driveway and had no issues removing it...but I caught it right away.
Yes, I like the natural look too. In facts, stone manufacturers charge us more on "older" look stones :P BTW, what did you use to remove the oil stain on the interlock?
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Old 2010-05-17, 09:36 AM
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Did my driveway, patio and side last year and I am planning on sealing it this year.. You don;t have to get the shiny look.. There are sealers that keep your interlcok the same color but just protects it. I had a couple of oil stains last year. After a while even if you don;t get it they tend to go away.
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Old 2010-05-17, 10:00 AM
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Did my driveway, patio and side last year and I am planning on sealing it this year.. You don;t have to get the shiny look.. There are sealers that keep your interlcok the same color but just protects it. I had a couple of oil stains last year. After a while even if you don;t get it they tend to go away.
Thanks for the info. Which non glossy product do you plan to use it seal the interlock?

BTW, I pick Beige/grey mix color for the interlock, hopefully, it can hide some of marks/stains. Especially on driveway, it is hard to prevent all stains/marks.
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Old 2010-05-17, 11:41 AM
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I used beige mix... I am using a sealer that gives my interlock the the wet look after it rains but a mat finish not the shiny one.
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Old 2010-05-17, 01:15 PM
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I used beige mix... I am using a sealer that gives my interlock the the wet look after it rains but a mat finish not the shiny one.
Thanks for info. Do we need it seal it every 1-2 years to avoid different color in different areas?
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Old 2010-05-17, 03:48 PM
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You should seal it every couple of years.
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Old 2010-05-17, 04:39 PM
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RDX I recommend that you seal the interlock after it is installed. It will help protect the stone seal the sand in joints better and is easier to clean. You need to wait for all the efflorescence to come out of the stone first how long that takes depends on the manufacturer . There are 3 that I know of types of sealer. Natural finish - look stays the same wet or dry it will always look dry (lighter)
Semi-gloss - gives a wet or darker look to the stone
High Gloss - Gives a wet and very shiny look to the stones.
I seal most of the interlock that I install Go to Beaver Valley at Yong and Langstaff they have all the sealers there (thats where I get it) and better quality than you get at big box store.
Get which one you thing you want and use a test stone first before doing the whole area to be sure it is going to come out how you want.
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