How to Make Concrete Pavers With a Shiny Finish

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Concrete pavers provide you with the ability to create paving from concrete that's strong and durable without the dull gray look of a solid concrete slab. Using molds, you can turn out pavers in a large variety of sizes and shapes, and even add color by tinting the concrete mix during production. With the addition of a wet look sealant, you can give your pavers a shiny finish that lasts as long as the sealant remains.

Things You'll Need

  • Paver molds
  • Mold release agent
  • Fast-drying concrete mix
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Rubber mallet
  • Wet look concrete sealer
  • Place your paver mold on a flat work surface, mold opening upward.

  • Spray the inside of the mold with a mold release agent. The agent prevents the concrete from binding to the mold's surface and allows you to remove the paver from the mold without damaging either.

  • Mix the fast setting concrete in a large bucket, adding water according to the manufacturer's instructions. Use an electric drill with a mixing bit to mix the concrete. Add half the required water to the bucket followed by half the mix, and combine the mixture until you reach a smooth consistency like that of brownie batter. Add the remaining water followed by the remaining mix until complete.

  • Pour the concrete mix into the molds from a mold corner, allowing the mix to spread throughout the mold, filling it.

  • Tap the edges of the mold with the rubber mallet to push any bubbles in the concrete upward to the surface.

  • Cure the pavers in a dry place for 48 hours. Once they're cured, remove them from the mold by peeling the mold from the paver surface. Place the pavers face up onto your work area.

  • Brush the paver surface with a layer of wet look concrete sealant and allow the sealant to dry for two hours. Place a second layer of sealant onto the paver and allow that to dry for 24 hours before using the paver. The sealant will dry to create a shiny, wet appearance that will also protect your paver from staining.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring color to the pavers by adding a concrete colorant during the mixing process.
  • Maintain the shiny finish of the pavers by reapplying sealant to the paver when the surface dulls from wear, approximately every two years.
  • Wear safety gear during the mixing and molding process to prevent burns from the concrete. This should include work gloves, safety goggles, a facemask, and long sleeves.

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