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Driveway Sealing Guide

Your How-To Guide On Sealing Your Driveway

How To Seal An Asphalt Driveway:

Step 1 - For new asphalt driveways, wait at least 6 months (including one full summer season) prior to sealing to allow the driveway to fully cure and weather.

Step 2 - Apply two thin coats - Two thinner coats will dry more evenly, creating a much better finished appearance than one thick coat. Single thick coats cure less evenly, have a tendency to puddle, and are more prone to tracking.

Step 3 - When to apply the second coat - We recommend waiting up to 12 hours, until the first coat is fully dry and cured. In optimal conditions, if the driveway is sealed early in the morning and the entire driveway is in full sun and is fully dry, you may apply a second coat the same day.

Step 4 - To minimize the chance of getting asphalt sealer on non-asphalt surfaces, mask with tape/plastic sheeting or a drop cloth along affected edges. Clean up drips with a heavy-duty citrus based cleaner.

Three Easy Steps For Getting The Best Driveway

Step 1 - Trim and clean driveway surface

Trim and Clean Driveway Surface

a) Sweep the entire surface, removing grass cutting and other debris. Scrape cracks clean using a screwdriver.

Trim and Clean Driveway Surface

b) Trim grass and brushes away from the driveway.

Trim and Clean Driveway Surface

c) Scrub gasoline and oil stains with a driveway cleaner and a wire brush.

Trim and Clean Driveway Surface

d) Wash entire driveway with driveway cleaner. Then rinse surface with clean water.

Step 2 - Repair cracks and holes

Repair Cracks and Holes

a) Fill cracks up to 1/2" wide with crack filler.

Repair Cracks and Holes

b) For expanding cracks or climates with wide ranges in seasonal temperatures, fill cracks up to ½" wide with crack filler.

Repair Cracks and Holes

c) Repair large cracks, deteriorated surfaces and small holes up to 1" deep with a crack patching product. Apply with trowel and taper into existing surface.

Repair Cracks and Holes

d) For holes larger & deeper than 1", use pavement hole patching product. Use a tamper to pack material tight into repair, and allow to cure for a minimum of 30 days prior to seal coating.

Step 3 - Apply an asphalt driveway sealer

a) Pour half of the container of sealer onto the clean asphalt, working on one small area at a time. Apply in a thin coat, brushing away any excess as you apply the sealer.

b) Apply first coat in one direction, and then second coat in the opposite direction.

Apply An Asphalt Driveway Sealer

c) Work the product across the asphalt with a brush. Apply in a cross-hatch pattern to ensure all voids are filled and sealed. Overlap each section of the sealer as you are applying it to avoid leaving an edge.

Apply An Asphalt Driveway Sealer

Pro Tips on applying sealer

1) By applying perpendicular to the house, you will eliminate viewable brush strokes.

2) Mix the end of one pail with the beginning of the next pail, and complete the entire driveway in one continuous application, in order to prevent colour shading between batches.

3) Apply at correct temperature to avoid curing problems. Temperature must be 65°F and rising, but not exceeding 90°F. Humid or cloudy conditions may prolong curing time. Products in shaded areas generally dry more slowly than in sunny areas.

4) For steep sloped areas (10-20°) you can apply 1 lb. of sand per gallon of sealer to improve traction.

5) Do not walk on driveway for at least 8 hours after the last coat. Vehicles should not be allowed for 24-48 hours.

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