Follow this Step by Step Guide for Installing Xtreme Easy
Not sure what Xtreme Easy is? The VDW 840 plus Xtreme Easy is a pre-mixed, 1-component resin paving joint compound suitable for concrete pavers, natural stone, and tile.Learn More
Tools You Need to Install this VDW 840 Xtreme Easy
The Hydro Broom makes adds the needed water to activate the VDW 840 Xtreme Easy chemical and helps the material fall into the space between the pavers!
It is also a great tools to sweep and clean a patio at the end of a job.
Please Note: This is the Wet Application Method
This method should be used in all instances except when ground temperatures are at or below zero. If working with materials that have been laid on a non-porous base.
Note: The Hdyro Broom is recommended but Xtreme Easy can be installed with a stiff broom and water hose.
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The 10 Step Guide to Learn How to Apply Xtreme Easy Joint Compound
Step 1 – Construction Site Requirements
A stable and load-bearing structure must be meticulously designed and installed, ensuring it can support expected traffic loads while complying with ASTM standards.
The water-permeable sub-base and the bedding layer are integral components, with a strong recommendation for the use of PHNA Xtreme Trass Bedding Compound (vdw 480).
While the PHNA Xtreme Easy jointing compound simplifies the grouting process for concrete pavers, ceramic tiles, and natural stone, it’s essential to note that it shouldn’t be utilized to compensate for any substructure settlement. To accommodate structural design and anticipated movement, movement joints must be incorporated as needed.
The PHNA Xtreme Easy jointing compound offers flexibility in application, as it can be used on damp or wet paving surfaces, even in light rain. These requirements collectively ensure a solid foundation and long-lasting construction quality.
Step 2 – Wet The Paving
- Preparation / Pre-wetting:
Clean the surface thoroughly of all dirt, cement residues, organic materials or any other possible contaminants including cleaning out all of the joints to the required depth.
- Pre-Wetting the Surface:
Thoroughly saturate the surface with a careful application of water. This will facilitate jointing while also ensuring that the mortar does not adhere to the surface.
- Always use clean and fresh tap water!
Open the Lid of The Bucket
Open the lid of the bucket and take out the vacuum-sealed bag with the jointing mortar bucket also includes a booklet attached to the bottom side, providing technical details and additional information about the jointing mortar.
Cut the Bag Open
Carefully use scissors or a sharp knife to cut the bag open along the top seam
Pouring the Jointing Mortar
- Spread the mortar into the gaps using the squeegee, preferably at a diagonal angle. Spraying water helps make the mortar flow smoothly and stay that way while you’re working. It’s best to start from the highest point and work down, cleaning off extra mortar on the pavement by gently spraying it with water from a hose.
- Be careful not to wash out the freshly applied mortar in the joints
Cleaning and Caution
Continue these actions until you’ve spread the entire mortar slurry into the joints using a gentle water jet and a robust rubber squeegee. Remember to clean the pavement toward the sections that are still waiting to be filled and prevent any water-based remnants from collecting, drying, or flowing over the already finished areas.
Preventing Footprints and Stains
Every now and then, especially when exiting the work area, be sure to clean the bottoms of your shoes to prevent leaving footprints and stains on nearby surfaces.
Sliding the Brush Handle Along the Joints
Be sure to thoroughly clean the chamfers, as their performance can’t be guaranteed if they’re not clean. You can easily achieve this by running the handle of a coconut fiber brush along the joints.
Removing Residues with Coconut Fiber Brush
The last residues of mortar may be brushed off with the coconut fiber brush while doing so the surface, as well as the joints themselves, may be smoothed over or reshaped.
Clean the Brush
Regularly rinse the brush with water, particularly when working on extensive jointing tasks. This is crucial for achieving the desired outcome: a strong, long-lasting, permeable joint, using VDW 840 plus
Frequently Asked Questions
It can be used on natural stone and pavers with a minimum depth of 1” and minimum joint width of 1/8”.
The maximum joint width is 5-6” so it works well especially for irregular flagstone.
Since Xtreme Easy is air-cured not water activated the rain won’t hurt it.
Once the water drains out of it, curing will start immediately, and it should get hard in 12-24 hours afterward.
Any sand that is moist or wet will not flow into joints tighter than 1/8th inch regardless of how fine it is.
That is linseed oil (one of the ingredients) and should vanish in a few days.
That is linseed oil and by nature, linseed oil dissipates and disappears in a very short time.
No, rain won’t matter. Sand is heavier than water and when it is in the joint it will stay there unless you have a torrent of water coming off of a roof that by sheer force is pounding it out of the joint.
Typically, it will last 10 years, but this also depends on the installation process and the usual harsh environmental impact.
No, the paver chatter that is developed when vehicles drive over pavers causes the Xtreme Easy to break down.
Yes, you can pressure wash your patio, but you should use a fan tip nozzle and stay at least 6″ away, so it doesn’t damage the pavers.
You should never use a grease-cutting detergent on a patio that has Xtreme Easy in the joints.
Not without some modification, because Xtreme Easy needs to have drainage.
The wide widths are not a problem and can be 5″ or more; however, when you have really wide joints you also need to have a little more depth, so it doesn’t break up when it is stepped on.
As long as the water can escape it won’t damage the base. We don’t want the water to stagnate.
Mildew is a fungus and will grow anywhere it has enough moisture. Mildew can easily be cleaned off. It doesn’t grow into the joint compound but rather on it. Moss isn’t an issue. It requires media for the roots, and Xtreme Easy doesn’t soften to give it that opportunity.
The color will stay similar to what is put in but may darken a little due to the environment. If cleaned it will stay attractive.
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