How To Use Polymeric Sand: 10 Easy Steps Explained By Expert

Last Updated on April 18, 2021 by Heenan

Whether you want to give your paver a new look for the first time or you want to reapply on your previously polymerized paver, we’re here for you!

In this article, we’re going to show you how to use polymeric sand so you can achieve your desired look. If you’re interested, read along!

How to Use Polymeric Sand in 10 Easy Steps

The steps below will provide a clearer understanding of this sand applying technique.

Step 1: Check the Weather

Before or briefly after completing your sand application, a heavy downpour could potentially cause you to restart anew.

If you apply them when the surface is soaked, it will induce the polymers unnecessarily, making removal rather challenging. And if it starts raining before the sand has sufficient time to settle, the sand will wash away from its position, causing you to reinstall a significant part of it.

For the sand to settle ultimately, it usually requires two days of sun and dry conditions. So, make sure that you have two days of sunshine ahead of you.

Step 2: Get the Right Polymeric Sand

To minimize their costs, several sand producers use cheap-quality polymeric materials in the sand. Even though in the short run, this will potentially save you cash, you will eventually have to reapply sand sooner than you’d like.

So, decide on your polymeric sand based on its quality, not its price.

Step 3: Go through the Instructions

Sandbags from all sorts of manufacturers include user manuals. Check yours to understand the process correctly.

Step 4: Get the Required Tools

After you get a better understanding of the process, you can get the tools necessary for applying the sand.

Besides the bag of polymeric sand, here are the tools you will require:

  • A knife
  • A broom
  • A 35,000 or 45,000 lbs plate compactor (the one with the smaller centrifugal force for an already existing paver, and the other one for a newly added paver)
  • A leaf blower
  • A water sprayer &
  • A hose

Step 5: Clean the Surface

You must dry out the area and clear any dirt or debris before actually pouring the sand. Otherwise, the sand will not settle on the surface properly.

Step 6: Pour the Sand

It is finally time to apply the sand on the paver. Start by opening the bag of sand with a knife you accumulated earlier.

Then, pour the sand in your desired area. But remember to pour slowly and with little amounts. But don’t forget to pour slowly and in small quantities. It will be very challenging to separate the residual sand if you pour too much.

That being said, if needed later, you can still add additional sand.

In this step, you just apply the sand to the paver.

Step 7: Cover the Holes with a Broom and a Plate Compactor

Now that you are done pouring the sand, to conclude the procedure effectively, you have to cover the holes in the paver joints adequately.

For this part, you will use the broom and push the sand effectively into place. This part is easy. You just have to move the broom back and forth to cover the holes.

This step is mainly about filling the wholes to the core. If you think you need more sand to do that, you can still add some more.

Now, if you want the sand application to be perfect, you will have to fill in the tiny air bubbles with a plate compactor.

If this your first polymeric sand application, use one with 40,000 to 50,000 lbs centrifugal force. And if this is the reapplication of sand, you can use now with 35,000 lbs.

Although most people tend to avoid this part of the step, it is highly recommended to make the cracks evenly covered. And if you want an even better finish, you can do this part twice.

Step 8: Remove Excess Polymeric Sand Residue with a Leaf Blower

Take the leaf blower and blow away the residual sand from the surface. You have to blow at a 30-degree angle in a relatively low setting to ensure the rest of the area is not affected.

Step 9: Activate the Sand with a Water Sprayer

As you have prepared the surface with the sand, now you can activate it. This is the easiest part where you take the water sprayer from earlier and use it to spray on the surface by applying light pressure. Just make sure you apply the right amount of water at the right pace; follow the user manual for this.

Step 10: Give it Time to Dry

Don’t walk or drive over it for about two days. Let it dry. Within a couple of days, you will be all done.

What Is Polymeric Sand?

Polymeric sand is a special kind of sand covering the gaps between the pavers, whether it is made of stone or tile. It consists of tiny sand particles and a combination of different polymer particles added in factories.

It is also recognized by several other names like paver sand and jointing sand.

This sand works like an incredibly powerful reinforcing material when placed in the presence of water, which tightly joins concrete together.

What Is Polymeric Sand Used for?

Polymeric sand, a special kind of sand, is a mixture of fine sand particles and a few other specific additive particles. It is used by both homemakers and professionals to even out the gaps within pavers.

After applying this on the surface of paver tiles or stones, you will get a smooth plain path.

With this, you can remove any substantial threats that may impact the overall appearance and longevity of pavers from different situations like pest infestation and weed overgrowth.

Ultimate Guide to Using Polymeric Sand

Even if this is the first time you’re attempting something like this, this article will guide you through the whole process. It will help you understand the basics of how to use polymeric sand.

With the ten easy steps explained in detail, this article will help you reach your desired look.

Related Reading:
#1. Polymeric Sand and Regular Sand for Pavers: Ultimate Guide.
#2. Polymeric Sand Alternatives List.


Meet the Authors

Heenan, Cannon, Mack, and Theodore are four outdoor enthusiasts. Each of them is a handyman and off-road adventurers. Dealing with different tools, automotive accessories, products related to home like sealers are some of their day-to-day tasks. They run this website to share their thoughts on various items they think are good or bad for others. Learn how they started as The Handyman Guru, and why they decided to start this blog..

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