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    Just came across this thread. Has anyone used this stuff? I avoid hardscaping whenever possible but a very good customer has taken it as read that I'll be pointing up his patio! I'd just like to make things as easy as possible for me while ensuring he gets a good finish. Anyone who has used this and wishes to share the result? Cheers.

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    I've used it no end of times and definitely prefer the all weather version. Its not the best product on the market but it does the job. It does tend to loose its colour after a couple of months.

    I also don't brush it in.. I use a pointing tool and point up in a traditional way and compact it into the joints using a trowel and jointer. I find brushing it in leaves the product fairly loose in the joints and it tends to crumble away at any sign of washing. 

    In terms of spraying water everywhere (with the all weather) i always fill the tub with water and empty the contents into the bucket and just work out of that instead of spraying water everywhere and spreading the compound everywhere. Its neater and you can work your way across the paving. 

    Yes I know its not how ever build say to do it but in the 4 years I've been using it i find this gives me the best results. 

    • PRO
      Looks similar to the Easyjoint. If it is, then it's bliss to work with. Keep it wet, as being a slurry is what settles it into the joints (this might address some of Matt's troubles above) Tap it in with the brush, brush at 45° angles to avoid sweeping it out of the joints. For the finishing touches, strike the joints with a jointing tool whilst gently washing the last loose grains off the patio.
      I find that any loose grains on the surface are easily dealt with after if you miss them when jointing- it sticks to itself rather than the slabs.
      You'll never look at re-pointing the same way.
      • Love it. Great stuff which saves hours of work as opposed to traditional 3:1 cement.  A lot less mess and brilliant for stone paving.

        Not sure if it is good value in the long term as I have seen some work done a few years ago which has been colonized by moss and is starting to degrade quite badly.

        The issue with polymeric sands is that water drains through the joints into the sub base.  Fine if the soil and sub base are free draining but in heavy soil this means that the voids under the slabs are going to fill up with water.  Have heard some talk locally about slabs lifting in freezing temperatures meaning expensive re-visits.

        I think it is sometimes better to build a decent fall into the paving and use cement jointing to get the water off the surface.

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    Thanks for the replies guys. I'm looking at using this or the weatherseal equivalent. As I said, I normally avoid this work but my man is insistent I do it. I've always found when using traditional sand\cement mixes that it's incredibly time consuming to get the desired finish and always involves a return trip to scrub up after its cured. Thanks again.

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