Winterizing your pebble paving
October 18, 2018
WINTERIZING PEBBLE PAVING. YES, IT IS A THING!
Read on . . .
Brrr! It is downright chilly here in San Diego, a frosty 55 degrees at night. (Yes, we know that we get no sympathy from the rest of the country for our mild coastal climate. We are okay with that.) Onto the real reason for this post. Is your pebble paving looking dull? Are loose pebbles ruining your otherwise awesome pebble paving? Now is the time to fix those pebble paving issues (i.e. “winterize” it) before winter fully arrives. Here is how to do it successfully:
The weather forecast is your BFF.
You must check the following:
1) Dry day and night time temperatures: As long as the daytime temperature is 60F or higher, our epoxy will still cure even with a nighttime temperature of 50F or lower. You must add 3 to 4 days to the epoxy cure time with these cooler temperatures.
2) Rain: If it is going to rain or have a high dew point, then do not attempt to apply epoxy outside. The epoxy will have white spots from the rain/moisture that you will not be able to remove. Ever.
Clean your pebble paving.
Thoroughly sweep or leaf-blow the area that you want to repair. We do not recommend power washing because you will need an additional 2-3 days for the pebble paving to dry completely before applying new epoxy and winter may show up early!
Repair your pebble paving.
Fixing loose pebbles: Mix our Rock and Pebble Paving Epoxy 2:1 by volume, using our Double Mix and Pour method. Next, mix your pebbles into the epoxy until you have a “rice crispy batter” consistency. Finally, apply your epoxy pebble mixture onto the affected areas. If you have very small areas to fill, you can wear gloves and apply the pebble epoxy mixture by hand. Let the repaired areas cure until it is firm, no wiggly pebbles. Once it is firm to the touch, you can apply the roll coat.
Restoring dull epoxy or applying a roll-coat: Follow the directions above for mixing epoxy. Squirrel! Now that we have your attention, back to the roll-coat. Roll on the mixed epoxy with a medium nap roller. If an area looks dry after the first roll-coat, apply a second roll-coat the same way. *Do NOT flood coat your pebble paving! It will be as slippery as ice all year round and more prone to sun damage! Who wants that? Trust us, you don’t want to flood coat pebble paving, no matter how glossy it looks.
Allow for more time for pebble paving to cure.
Due to colder temperatures both day and night, your pebble paving will need at least 3 to 5 days to cure. Epoxy stops curing at 50F and colder. The additional cure time is the only way to get a good result for your winterized pebble paving.
How much epoxy do I need?
We have a handy dandy epoxy coverage chart on our pebble paving page: https://www.aeromarineproducts.com/product/aeromarine-rock-pebble-paving-epoxy/ If you are still uncertain about the quantity of epoxy that your project requires, please contact us at [email protected] or toll-free 1-877-342-8860 We are always happy to help you!