By Glenn Haege
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Blush-resistant masonry sealer stops water spotting
Dear Glenn: I have 1-inch cement pavers. I had a painter seal them. He used a water-based sealer bought at Lowe's. Less than one year after sealing, I am getting milk-colored spots on the pavers.
I contacted the paver company and was told water was getting under the sealer, causing the spots. They suggested stripping the sealer. I contacted the company that made the sealer and asked what to use. I was told they make sealer not stripper; they had no idea what to use. The painter suggested denatured alcohol. I tried Zylene and it had no effect.
What can you suggest as a stripper? I am handy and would like to try something myself. I would appreciate any suggestions you may have.
Dulane, via email
Dear Dulane: Use Dad's Paint and Varnish Remover, then use a sealer that allows moisture to escape. Try Euclid Chemicals Everclear VOX, (800) 321-7628, www.euclidchemical.com. It has a gloss finish and resists blushing -- you know, the milk-colored spots.