Dry Application Method

Use this method with extreme caution

The Dry Application Method should be used with caution and wherever possible avoided. However, there are circumstances EASYJoint can only be used dry (or virtually dry).

For example using sweep in, all weather, jointing compound with porcelain tiles or for pointing domestic driveways where permeable bases are not possible due the requirements for a strong supportive base.

Before you start

Please read the jointing instructions carefully before you start to use EASYJoint. The EASYJoint guide, general information and precautions in the instructions will instruct you on how to achieve the best paving results from EASYJoint.

Read and carefully follow the instructions below.

When to use the Dry Application Method

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

  • Daytime and overnight temperatures must not drop to 3 degrees Celsius or less
  • There is a no possibility of rain within 24-48 hours of application
  • Regardless of the above, always ensure the site conditions are suitable for the use of EASYJoint. Refer to the ‘before you start guide’

Before you start

Please read the before you start guide and the general information and precautions before using EASYJoint.

Read and carefully follow the instructions below.

Overview

Water is generally used to protect the paving. However, as a result of the base permeability (strength) or the weather conditions you have selected to apply EASYJoint dry (or almost dry). Because of this, whilst water is still required, its use must be kept to a minimum. Read the following instructions carefully before commencing.

Step 1 - Seal the Paving Material

Prior to using EASYJoint seal the paving surface and the edges with an appropriate sealant for the type of paving you are working with. If using particularly sensitive paving such as granite then all the sides of the paving should be sealed. In most instances, our own EASYSeal SSP can be used. If considering EASYSeal SSP, from the EASY Seal Range, ensure you follow the sealing application instructions supplied with that product.

Sealing the paving material prior to installation (before it is laid) will give the best result. If however that is not possible, then ensure the paving edges are sealed by applying the sealant with a low pressure garden sprayer. This is a two stage operation. First, run the nozzle of the spraying hose along the inside of the joint, fanning the liquid to ensure a coat is applied along both edges before, secondly applying a coat to the paving surface. We strongly recommend you apply two coats of the Sealer in the appropriate manner and timings as described in the instructions supplied with your sealant.

Step 2 - Wet the Paving

Dampen the patio area to be jointed with water using a hose. At this stage, do not allow too much water to collect in the joints. The water in this instance is not to protect the paving from marking (the sealant is doing that), it is merely to aid the flow of the EASYJoint in the joints and compact naturally giving a strong joint that will bond to the paving.

Step 3 - Work Quickly

It is preferable that two operators work together; one sweeping, the other using the hose. Using a broom/squeegee, apply small quantities of EASYJoint with a little water to aid the spreading process. Do not flood the site as you would if using the Wet Application Method. Never allow EASYJoint to stand in piles on the paving surface.

Step 4 - Keep the Paving clear of EASYJoint

Use your best endeavours to keep the paving clear of the compound by applying a small amount of water to wash the surface. Avoid over wetting the paving - you are trying to apply the EASYJoint with as little water as possible.

Step 5 - Top up the Joints

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

Step 6 - Final Wash & Clean

Work conscientiously not to leave any grains of sand on the surface. Using a fresh, clean soft/medium bristle broom, clear as much of the sweep in compound residue from the paving surface as possible. A “flicking" motion with a clean soft hand brush is also effective to remove loose grains of paving compound. Any final grains of sand can be removed using a fine spray of water, using as little as possible.

Tips

  1. Work cleanly, clearing both the sand grains and the binding oil from the surface of the paving as you go.
  2. For a finer texture to the joint, "point" (otherwise known as "strike") the sweep in 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. Footwear caution – Whilst the risk is reduced because the paving has been sealed, it would be wise to clean the soles of your footwear before walking across dried (or drying) paving to avoid leaving "footmarks".