Aged Macrocarpa Sleepers
The grey aged look of your macrocarpa sleepers can be cleaned up by waterblasting. A wood oil can be put on them that will retain the new look.
Our recommendation is that pavers are cured for 2 weeks minimum, preferably longer in winter. Curing is the chemical process of making the paver stronger and stabilising the colours in the paver. Customers may take them earlier but at their own risk, as under cured pavers are more prone to problems such as blotched appearance, especially if they get rained on. During curing a chemical process is occurring, so by exposing under-cured pavers to the elements you are adding something else into that process.
Differences in batch colours
The main factors which cause batch variations are the seasons – ie temperature, humidity, etc (the biggest influence is temperature). The most apparent is that our Taupe colour always looks “greyer” in winter. This is out of our control, so our preference is to make the product to order and use the stock when people require the product urgently (and we use it for retailers, Placemakers etc, who require dispatching immediately). Stock will virtually always be from a different batch as the product is always coming and going. When taking stock, try and use the same batches as much as possible.
Sealing black pavers
We recommend sealing black pavers – this is to keep the black dark. It is a good idea to seal them prior to installation, to make it easier to wipe marks and mortar off too.