Wet Application Method

The method described below should be used in all instances unless ground temperatures are at or below freezing or when working with materials that have been laid on a non porous base. In such instances, refer to the Dry Application Method.

Before you start

Users are strongly advised to watch the video demonstration prior to working with EASYJoint. Please read the before you start guide and the general information and precautions before using EASYJoint.

When to use the Wet Application Method

As a final check before proceeding to install EASYJoint and to ensure this is the correct method for your project, check it meets the following criteria:

  1. The site conditions are suitable – Refer to the before you start guide.
  2. Ensure you are not working in freezing conditions or in temperatures that are 3 degrees celcious and falling – Refer to the before you start guide
  3. The base is permeable or Rain is not forecast for 48 hours
  4. When working with Natural Stone paving ensure it does not require sealing prior to installation – See Nature Stone above

Read and carefully follow the instructions below.

Step 1 - Wet the Paving

Using EASYJoint

Absolutely soak the area to be jointed with water using a hose. The paving must be saturated before starting & remain soaked throughout the application process. Imagine the paving is a sponge saturated with water – it is incapable of absorbing anything more. Don’t worry how wet the area is - in fact, the wetter the better. Do not shortcut this process, particularly if working with particularly absorbent or sensitive materials such as (but not exclusively) Fossil Mint Sandstone & many Limestone's.

Step 2 - Work Quickly

Using EASYJoint

It is preferable that two operators work together; one sweeping, the other using the hose. Using small quantities of EASYJoint, simultaneously spread and wash the compound across the surface using a jet of water and a broom/squeegee, allowing it to fall into the joints. Never allow EASYJoint to stand in piles or allow the paving to dry with any EASYJoint remaining on its surface.

Step 3 - Continuously Wash the Paving

Using EASYJoint

The hose operator should alternate between following the sweeper to aid washing the compound into the joints and moving ahead of where they are working so that the paving is always wet. This is particularly important in warm/hot weather conditions. Don’t worry about using too much water - the wetter the better.

Step 4 - Top up the Joints

Using EASYJoint

Allow the excess water to drain away. Top up any sagging joints with more EASYJoint & repeat the washing process as described previously.

Step 5 - Final Wash & Clean

Using EASYJoint

Apply a final gentle spray of water to both clean the surface of EASYJoint residue & aid the final compaction process. This also assists to obtain a relatively smooth finish to the joint. Work conscientiously not to leave any grains of sand on the surface. When the water has drained away, a “flicking” motion with a clean soft hand brush (not the same one used to apply the compound) will aid the removal of any loose grains.

Tips

Using EASYJoint
  1. Work cleanly, clearing both the sand grains and the binding oil from the surface as you go. Keep washing until the “rainbow effect” oily water is no longer evident.
  2. For a finer texture to the joint, “point” ( otherwise known as “strike”) the compound with a suitable finishing tool. Commence once the paving has dried and the joint is free of water - this ensures the compound is sufficiently firm to retain its shape.
  3. Once the EASYJoint has set hard, sweep the paving with a stiff broom, diagonally to the joints, to remove any final traces of compound, especially along the edges of ”struck” joints. Do not use the same broom that was used in the application process.
  4. Footware caution - The soles of footwear may pick up some EASYJoint during the application process. Clean them before walking across dried (or drying) paving to avoid leaving “footmarks”. For similar reasons, do not use the same broom that was used to apply the EASYJoint to clear the surface afterwards; it will be contaminated & may leave marks.