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August 16, 2021 • Mike Huber

3 Things That Will Cause Your Nitro Job To Fail

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We all learn from our mistakes. However, a mistake on a Gator Nitro job can be quite a headache to fix. We want to help you avoid making these costly blunders. In this article, we’re going to share the top 3 things that will cause your Gator Nitro job to fail.


1st Mistake:
Not Using Enough Water

A Gator Nitro installation involves a lot of water. In fact, there’s really no such thing as “too much water” when it comes to Gator Nitro. The product can be installed whether the sun is shining or it’s raining cats and dogs. This might seem strange but you’re actually going to want your surface completely drenched when working with this product. Aside from soaking your pavers or natural stone, you’re also going to want to saturate the surrounding areas with water … the house, the foundation, the deck, (even your tools!) … literally anything and everything you don’t want Gator Nitro sticking to. Here’s why: This product sets up very quickly and once it has hardened, it’s not going to be easy to get off.


2nd Mistake:
Installing On An Uneven Surface

Unlike polymeric sand, Gator Nitro offers very little in terms of flexibility because it hardens from top-to-bottom. Gator Nitro is an extremely strong and rigid jointing material. To avoid cracking, it’s imperative that you ensure stability of the pavers or stones. Any movement can potentially cause cracks in the joints. (This is also why Gator Nitro should be used in pedestrian applications and residential driveways only.)

3rd Mistake:
Filling a joint Size That's Too Tight or Too Shallow

Gator Nitro is designed to perform in joint widths that are a minimum of 3/16” up to a maximum of 2.” It’s not a good fit for tight joints because the resins in the product make it gummy and cohesive. Because of that, you won’t be able to get Gator Nitro into those extremely tight hairline joints like you could with polymeric sand. You’ll also need at least a 1” deep joint height for Gator Nitro to perform optimally. As long as your pavers can accommodate this height, you’re good to go.

Avoid making these mistakes and you’ll be destined for success when installing Gator Nitro!

For step-by-step instructions on installing Gator Nitro, be sure to watch this short video.


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