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Restore-A-Drive is the amazing, transformative block sealer that is saving Britain’s driveways! The original and best block paving resin with colour restorer. Conventional clear resins, only brighten faded backgrounds, Restore-A-Drive actually blends pigment back into the surface and is ideal for driveway restoration projects. Give new life to faded and jaded block pavers.Read More
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TOP-UP the sand joints & STOP WEEDS with our block paving filler. Unlike kiln dried joint sand Kingfisher Block Fill is a moisture curing grout which will not wash out and effectively inhibits weed growth.
The Total 7 Litre Sprayer is a professional, light weight & solvent resistant, ideal for small scale timber treatment, including small lofts. Compatible with Kingfisher aqueous products including KF-8 range and KF-18.
Solvent No2 is a versatile solvent thinner which can be used for thinning a variety of oil based paints, coatings and sealers. Where K-Seal Total or Ultimate Topcoat have suffered moisture contamination, resulting in white staining,
Love them or hate them, block pavers have been a staple of hard landscaping projects for decades. There are literally millions of square metres of this tough and versatile paving, adorning gardens and driveways up and down the country. And it really is durable. In fact, well-engineered and correctly installed block paving will provide decades of reliable & practical service, even if the surface appearance deteriorates. Add to this, the fact that such driveways would have been expensive to install, and it really does make sense to evaluate ways of extending your paving’s life, before resorting to skips and a digger! A further point is that building work and materials have increased in price significantly both in absolute and relative terms, so laying in a new driveway could be extremely expensive.This is where Restore-A-Drive block sealer and colourant comes in. Because it is perfectly feasible to restore the red brindle or dark grey (anthracite) colouring of old concrete block paving without it looking like a half-baked paint job.To be clear, Restore-A-Drive is not a “driveway paint”, in technical language it is a “pigmented solvent-acrylic sealer”. So what’s the difference and why does it matter?a) Solvent acrylic resins are tried and tested in the area of concrete protection, including in the tough world of civil engineering. They don’t peel or flake.b) Solvent acrylic resins absorb deeper into the concrete surface and are widely used as “hardening” or “curing” compound, so are intrinsically more durable than paints.c) Solvent acrylic resins can carry premium grade, light-fast pigments into the substrate of concrete paving, which presents a more integral appearance and texture.Demolishing an otherwise serviceable driveway is financially expensive and environmentally costly too, so give it a new lease of life with Restore-A-Drive.• All-in-one transformative re-colourant and sealer for blocks• No peeling or cracking• Seals & protects block paving for up to 4 years• Ease of application by roller, brush or spray• Protects against moss and algal growth
The vast majority of block paving is concrete, manufactured from a carefully developed blend of sand, cement, graded aggregates and organic pigments. This produces a highly resilient, tractable and aesthetically pleasing surface for patios, paths and driveways.However, over time a combination of abrasion, weathering, de-icing salts and invasion by organic growth can spoil its appearance.In winter the freeze/thaw cycle of moisture (typically in the top 1.5 mm) causes micro-ruptures in the surface as the water molecules expand to form ice. This displaces tiny fragments of the block surface, including the decorative colouring. De-icing salts are corrosive to the Portland cement in the blocks and exacerbate surface erosion.The result is that the vibrant shades and colour contrasts of the blocks take on a “washed out”, almost grey appearance, often accompanied by invasive moss, mould and lichen growth. In response, most of us simply reach for the pressure washer to blast away the accumulations of organic matter. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach but it does have side effects, which include exacerbating colour loss and expelling jointing sand from the paving structure.Restore-A-Drive has a penetrating formula that rejuvenates this lost colouring, whilst its translucent quality highlights the varying shades of the original blocks, especially the brindle ones, thus avoiding a harsh “painted” look. It has been described as a “wood-stain for blocks”, which is a useful comparison if you think of the texture and faded colour as being like the “grain” of wood.By forming a resin shell on the paving, Restore-A-Drive seals blocks, repels dirt and suppresses organic growth, including moss & algae. The penetrating properties of the resin also help to harden paved surfaces damaged by weathering, thus enhancing longevity.Restore-A-Drive also helps to seal & stabilise the critical sand joints.
To ensure that the Kingfisher Restore-A-Drive adheres to the paving, the surface must first be cleansed of all moss, mould, lichen, carbon deposits, oil stains and airborne dirt. Thoroughly pressure wash, ideally at an output pressure of 2500 to 3000 psi and using a spray lance equipped with a “turbo-jet” nozzle or specialist rotary attachment designed for cleaning paved surfaces. Alternatively, the surface can be cleaned manually with Kingfisher Max Strength Patio Cleaner and a stiff bristle deck scrubbing brush (see relevant product data sheet). Allow to dry. Note: if there is heavy weed infestation (broadleaf or grass) growing from the joints, these should be thoroughly treated with conventional weedkiller first and left for 7 to 10 days before manually weeding out the dead plants.
Kingfisher Max Strength Patio Cleaner
It is often only after cleaning that the full extent of required repairs becomes obvious. Replace cracked or broken flagstones/pavers with new or good condition weathered ones (sometimes a better match!). Stained or scored blocks can be turned over and re-set with the previously hidden and unblemished face exposed. Block paving should have the jointing sand topped up with either kiln dried sand or Kingfisher Blockfill. Make sure that all excess sand residues are carefully swept up using a soft broom so as to avoid unsightly sand debris being sealed onto the block faces.
3. Bio-Wash Surface Sanitiser
After cleaning (once dry) the paving should be thoroughly sprayed to refusal with Kingfisher Bio Wash. This is applied by a low-pressure sprayer (as for weed killer etc.) to the entire paving surface and is left to dry out (do not rinse). This is an extremely important phase in the process because it will greatly reduce the possibility of moss or lichens re-establishing. The pressure washing process leaves the paving looking clean but the moss root systems and mould/lichen spores are still present in hundreds of microscopic crevices and especially in the joints. Spraying the paving liberally with Kingfisher Bio Wash ensures that the paving is sanitised and inert, ready for the first coat of Kingfisher Restore-A-Drive. Allow to dry.Note: Some paving materials occasionally exhibit corrosive efflorescence (salting) and where this occurs it can cause sealers to de-laminate. If this occurs or is evident, contact our technical department for guidance.
Kingfisher Bio Wash
4. Restore-A-Drive Application
Restore-A-Drive should be applied neat without dilution by either brush, roller or sprayer. One coat is normally sufficient but two coats may occasionally give a better colour balance on very faded surfaces. This selection should be at the user’s discretion. Always apply to a small inconspicuous test area first to check you are satisfied with the finish before proceeding to full application. It is most important to thoroughly agitate the container before use, to ensure adequate dispersion of the pigment.a) Brush: Use only premium grade brushes suitable for use with solvent-based paints. Work in broad even strokes working first in one direction, then the other, ensuring that no ponding occurs. Brush application is especially recommended for grey/charcoal border details where it is easier to “cut in” by brush for an accurate finish.b) Roller: Use a standard (disposable) medium knap roller fixed to a sturdy decorator’s pole and roll the product on in broad sweeps ensuring even coverage without ponding.c) Spray Application: It is possible to apply the product using either a manual low-pressure solvent resistant sprayer (see: Kingfisher Solvent Resistant Sprayer) or a professional airless high-pressure sprayer (e.g. “Graco” 4900 / 5900 series).5. Lacquer (Ultimate Topcoat)SPRAY apply one coat of Kingfisher Ultimate Topcoat to the cured Restore-A-Drive to seal in the colour and give a protective lacquer finish. Allow the Restore-A-Drive to cure for at least 24 hours before applying Ultimate Topcoat.How much will I need?The coverage rate is 5 to 7 sq m / litre depending on surface porosity. Typically a 5 Litre container will cover 30 sq m & a 20L bundle, 120 sq m.Technical SupportAs always we recommend that you read the Technical Data Sheet & Safety Data Sheet thoroughly before commencing any work. If in doubt please call us for advice, we are here to help.
Kingfisher Solvent Resistant Sprayer
Kingfisher Ultimate Topcoat
Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” is a pigmented, solvent acrylic, resin sealer and colour restorer designedprimarily for application to older faded block paving. This revolutionary product is manufactured using onlypremium grade resins, light fast pigments and hydro-carbon solvents. Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” is apenetrating liquid resin which enhances the colour of worn or aged paving to give an authentic satin finish. Withextra surface repellents built into the formulation the product will give you a new look finish for up to 4 years.
Companion / Related Products:• Kingfisher “Bio-Wash”• Kingfisher “Max Strength Patio Cleaner”• Kingfisher “Blockfill” brush in grout for narrow joints• Kingfisher “Solvent Resistant Sprayer”• “Geofix” brush in grout for wide joints• Kingfisher “Ultimate Topcoat”• Kingfisher “Solvent No. 2”
(Refer to these individual product data sheets for detailed application guidance – published on our website www.kingfisheruk.com)
Domestic and light commercial:
• Block Paving• Porous Concrete
If in doubt, please call our technical services department on 01229 869 100 for guidance.
• Restores faded paving enhancing the original colour• Unlike paints, the translucent formulation leaves the surface texture visible for an authentic finish• Ease of application by roller, brush or spray (see application section for guidance)• Highly durable weatherproof finish with high UV and oil stain resistance• Protects against moss and algal growth• Penetrating formulation protects and improves the appearance of paving materials
1. Clean the surfaceTo ensure that the Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” keys to the paving, the surface must firstly be cleansed of allmoss, mould, lichen, carbon deposits, oil stains and airborne dirt. Thoroughly wash the paving using a pressurewasher, ideally with an output pressure of 2500 to 3000 psi and a spray lance equipped with a “turbo-jet” nozzleor specialist rotary attachment designed for cleaning paved surfaces. Alternatively, the surface can be cleanedmanually with Kingfisher “Max Strength Patio Cleaner” and a stiff bristle deck scrubbing brush (see relevantproduct data sheet). Allow to dry.
2. RepairsIt is often only after cleaning that the full extent of required repairs becomes obvious. Replace cracked or brokenflagstones / pavers with new or good condition weathered ones (sometimes a better match!). Block paving withjoints 1.5mm to 5mm wide should have the joint sand topped up with either kiln dried sand or Kingfisher“Blockfill”. Flagstone joints (typically > 8mm) should be re-pointed using either “Geofix” brush-in curing sandor Kingfisher “Pointing Mortar”. Make sure that all excess sand residues are carefully swept up using a softbroom so as to avoid unsightly sand debris being sealed onto the block faces.
3. Biocidal Wash TreatmentAfter cleaning (once dry) the paving should be thoroughly sprayed to refusal with Kingfisher “Bio Wash”. This isapplied by low pressure sprayer (as for weed killer etc.) to the entire paving surface and is left to dry out (do notrinse). This is an extremely important phase in the process because it will greatly reduce the possibility of mossor lichens re-establishing. The pressure washing process leaves the paving looking clean but the moss rootsystems and mould/lichen spores are still present in hundreds of microscopic crevices and especially in thejoints. Spraying the paving liberally with Kingfisher “Bio Wash” ensures that the paving is sanitised and inert,ready for the first coat of Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive”.Note: Some paving materials occasionally exhibit corrosive efflorescence (salting) and where this occurs it cancause sealers to de-laminate. If this occurs or is evident, contact our technical department for guidance.
SHAKE THE CONTAINER THOROUGHLY BEFORE USE
Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” should be applied neat without dilution by either brush, roller or sprayer.Always apply to a small inconspicuous test area first to check you are satisfied with the finish before proceedingto full application. It is most important to thoroughly agitate the container before use as the pigments can dropto the bottom of the container in transit leading to an uneven finish. The 5L is easily shaken but the heavier 25Ldrum should be placed on a piece of flat timber or plywood and rocked back and forth, ideally before the metalinsert is removed from inside the cap. If in doubt “dip” the drum with a broom handle to check adequatedispersion.
a) Brush Application: Use only premium grade brushes suitable for use with solvent based paints. Budget rangebrushes will shed their bristles spoiling the finish. Work in broad even strokes working first in one direction,then the other, ensuring that no ponding occurs. Brush application is especially recommended for grey/charcoalborder details where it is easier to “cut in” by brush for an accurate finish.
b) Roller Application: Use a standard (disposable) medium knap roller fixed to a sturdy decorator’s pole androll the product on in broad sweeps ensuring even coverage without ponding.
c) Spray Application: It is possible to apply the product using either a manual low pressure solvent resistantsprayer (see: Kingfisher Solvent Resistant Sprayer) or a professional airless high pressure sprayer (e.g.“Graco” 4900 / 5900 series). The main advantage of this method of application is that it eliminates thepossibility of any sand being picked up from the joints by a sticky roller or brush. Standard garden/ DIY sprayers(including fence sprayers) are NOT suitable as they do not have solvent resistant seals.
One coat of “Restore-A-Drive” evenly applied is normally sufficient to restore colour and you should ideallySPRAY apply one coat of Kingfisher “Ultimate Topcoat” over the top to seal in the colour and give a protective
lacquer finish.Note: Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” MUST NOT be applied to wet or damp surfaces, if rain is imminent, in highhumidity or if ambient temperatures are below +5°C over the following 24 hr period. As with all solvent acrylicsealers, be sure to schedule the works allowing sufficient time for initial cure to take place before the eveningdew point to avoid airborne moisture contamination.
Brushes can be cleaned in Kingfisher “Solvent No.2” but disposable rollers should be allowed to cure fully beforebeing discarded.
Spray equipment must be thoroughly flushed with Kingfisher “Solvent No.2” before being stored away.
If the sealer should become accidentally moisture contaminated during application or drying, this will result inwhite staining (oil & resin mixing with water). This can be remediated with Kingfisher “Solvent No.2” and youshould refer to the relevant Product Data Sheet on our website for detailed instructions.
Note: White spirit is NOT suitable for cleaning up Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive”.
Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” is supplied in 5 litre cans and 25 litre drums.
Kingfisher “Restore-A-Drive” is flammable. Store upright in original packaging in a cool dry place, out of directsunlight, away from sources of ignition. Keep out of reach of children. NO SMOKING. Agitate/shake regularly.
The product has a shelf life of 12 months from the date of manufacture, subject to correct storage conditions
My 20 year old patio was looking very much it's age and probably needed replacement. Thought I'd try Restore A Drive. So glad I did! Delivered quickly, it went on easily and I am delighted with the result. Just an amazing product. Will see how long it lasts, but would recommend to anyone
Reviewed by Derek Bolam
So I don't normally leave reviews but ...... from help with ordering exactly what I needed, to getting the finished product down on the drive, this has been a dream process.
15 year old
Reviewed by Glenn Wood
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