clay paver sealingHow to Seal Clay Pavers in 2019

Tips and advice on the Best Clay Paver Sealers

Clay pavers have been used in hardscape designs for many years. They can transform a garden path, driveway, sidewalk, or patio into an elegant looking surface. Clay pavers left to the elements will weather over time. Moisture and ultraviolet rays are the two worst enemies of clay pavers.

Clay pavers can be sealed to delay the effects of weathering and also to enhance the beauty of the pavers. The pavers should first be cleaned using a pressure washer. Remove any dirt, grime, moss, or weeds growing in between the pavers. Be sure to wear personal protection equipment especially safety glasses. Pressure washing pavers are messy and flying debris is common. Once the pavers are clean, allow them to dry for a day or two. Install new joint sand if necessary.


Not all paver sealers will work on clay pavers. Use a siloxane-based sealer like SuperSeal M or Masonry Saver Heavy Duty Water Repellent that will provide protection but will not change the appearance of the bricks. Stay away from shiny paver sealers as they do not seal evenly and will result in a blotchy finish. You can use a "wet look" sealer that will ehance the color as long as it does not create a gloss. Surebond SB-6000 would be a good example.


When sealing clay pavers use a quality pump sprayer. A brush or roller can be used but a pump sprayer is best. Seal all the clay pavers and all the sand joints as well. This helps lock the whole clay paver system together by solidifying the sand. Locking moisture out and deterring weeds and moss from growing is the key to keeping your clay paver areas looking good.

All types of clay paver designs can be sealed to increase their longevity and help keep a clean appearance. Whether it is a paver patio, landscape wall, driveway, or sidewalk, sealed clay pavers will last for a while without weathering. Protect your clay paver investment and perform regular maintenance as needed and you will enjoy them for many years.

Feel free to ask a question on sealing Clay Pavers in the comment area below.

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    John Blattner · 10/03/2019
    How long will it last in Arizona hot sun
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    Beth · 09/09/2019
    We have a clay brick pathway we're looking to stabilize and seal (in the process of evening-out sunken bricks with new sand). What would you recommend? Most of the pathway is shaded the vast majority of the time, and we do live in an area that gets snow in the winter. Thanks!!
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    Richard · 05/16/2019
    I have a clay paver drive way, but there is always rures amrk amd dirt on it as we drive over it, what can I do to illuminate this
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    Richard Tokarczyk · 11/27/2018
    What is best sealer remover for white on pavers on the acrylic sealer I just used
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    Julie · 11/02/2018
    We have what I’ve been told is called Mexican Clay brick on our patio. It seems dull already... I’m getting mixed advice on should we seal?
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      Brick Paver Sealer · 11/02/2018
      Wet look sealers that enhance the color will, unfortunately, not work well for clay pavers. Dries very blotchy. Wet look sealers do work very well for concrete pavers.
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    Bob · 05/29/2018
    should I seal the clay pavers before or after the polymer sand is applied ... or both before and after? I am concerned about the dust from the sand getting into the pores of the bricks.
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    Roger · 03/12/2018
    I installed clay pavers last summer. Since then, they have lost their luster and appear dull and blotchy. I did not seal them. When they are wet they look great. Any suggestions?
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    Brick Paver Sealer · 05/06/2017
    You can seal them but as the article states, you should not use a filming or shiny type sealer.
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    Bob Vernon · 05/06/2017
    I have been told by a reputable brick company that you should not seal clay pavers as it will cause them to effloress. Is that correct or can you seal clay pavers. If you can seal them, what do you recommend? Is the same process used that is used to seal concrete pavers?