Read all product labels before use. Do not apply if rain is imminent or forecast within 24 hours of application. Be sure to wear eye protection when mixing or applying coating and repair products.
Blacktop (Asphalt) Driveway Sealing - How to Video
Preparing Your Driveway
Driveway Cleaning A successful pavement maintenance project begins with proper cleaning. Pavement sealer will not adhere properly to a dirty driveway. It's important to clean the entire driveway with a garden hose. Extremely dirty areas may also require the use of brooms. Then, use a driveway edger to trim grass and weeds.
Oil Spot Priming Scrub oil and grease stains with stiff brush or broom, household detergent, and water. Rinse thoroughly with water. Mix contents of Oil Spot Primer container by moderate shaking. Cut top of spout to allow material to flow out of container. Pour directly onto properly cleaned stained area. Spread Oil Spot Primer with paint brush or other suitable brush. Allow oil spot primer to dry completely. A second coat of oil spot primer may be applied for added bleed through resistance. Oil Spot Primer must be completely dry before applying driveway sealer.
Cracks Up To 1/2" Wide Fill cracks up to 1/2" wide with Pourable Crack Sealant. Mix contents of container by moderately shaking. Cut top of spout to desired width (smaller than width of crack) Fill crack flush to adjoining pavement. A putty knife or similar tool may be used to smooth out crackfiller. Allow crack filler to dry 24 hours. If desired, a second application may be applied to compensate for shrinkage of the first application. Allow crack sealant to dry for 24 hours prior to appling driveway sealer.
Cracks Up To 1" Wide Fill larger cracks, up to 1" wide with a heavy-bodied Trowel Grade Filler. Deposit material into cracks, ruts, or depressions. Use a trowel to smooth out material flush with adjoining surface. A rectangular trowel works best. If necessary, a second application may be made after the first application has dried for 24 hours. Allow to dry for 24 hours prior to applying Driveway Sealer.
Sealing Your Asphalt Driveway
Preparing Driveway Sealer Application temperature must be a minimum of 60°F and rising. Do not apply when temperature is expected to drop below 60°F within a 24 hour period. In areas where dew or fog accumulates in the early evening, it is best to coat in the morning. Stop coating by early afternoon (3:00 pm) to prevent wash off, which will occur if dew, fog, or rain arrive before coating dries. Do not apply if rain is imminent or forecast within 24 hours of application. DO NOT USE ON CONCRETE SURFACES.
Stir pail thoroughly. If using a "No Stir" Gel formula product it's a good idea to turn pail over on its lid and shake moderately back and forth prior to opening pail. This will loosen material in bottom of pail and make for easier pouring.
Perform Trim Work Perform all trim work first. Use a paint brush to get close to concrete areas (sidewalks, garages, etc).
Applying Sealer Pour an even puddle (windrow) of sealer across driveway surface. It is important to continually add fresh material to the windrow throughout the sealing process. This is referred to as "Keeping a wet edge". Place a squeegee at an angle into the sealer. The majority of the squeeggee is outside the sealer windrow. Use only 6-8 inches of the squeegee when walking side to side - This gives you more control. (See photo at left)
Walk from side to side across driveway, stopping only to add fresh sealer to the windrow.This is a non-stop process. It's a good idea to have pails opened and ready before beginning the process. Constant walking from side to side is important to prevent material from setting up (drying) to quickly.
For optimum performance (and warranty purposes) apply two coats at an application rate of no more than 350 square feet per 5-gallon pail per coat. Allow first coat to dry completely before applying second coat. Allow sealer to cure 24-48 hours before opening to vehicle traffic.
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