Is your asphalt driveway cracked, faded, stained, or otherwise not complementing the beauty of your home? Find out how to seal a driveway, closing up those cracks and giving it a nice, fresh, black "just like new" appearance again.
Time Required: 8 hours
- By hand, remove weeds, rocks, dirt, and other obstructions from cracks in the asphalt. Use a screwdriver or trowel. If you have large holes that need filling, use QPR 50 Lb. High Performance Pavement Patch or similar product.
- Clean oil off of driveway with the oil cleaner if you have stubborn oil stains.
- Apply the asphalt cleaner.
- Thoroughly pressure-wash the surface. Wait until driveway is completely dry.
- Apply the asphalt crack sealer.
- Seal driveway by using squeegee to spread asphalt sealer in series of passes parallel to the house. Let dry according to product instructions.
- Now, seal driveway by using squeegee to spread asphalt sealer in series of passes perpendicular to the house. Let dry according to product instructions.
- Be aware that asphalt driveway sealing will not cure ripples and bumps. Driveway sealing means putting down a thin layer of liquid sealant. It is different from asphalt paving.
- When pressure-washing, make sure that all water is moved off and away from the surface. Otherwise, the junk will remain on the driveway--just distributed in different places!
- You can use either crack filler that says "hot applied," like Pli-Stix (requiring the use of a torch) or a product that applies cold, such as Latex-ite Premium Blacktop Crack Filler. Hot-applied crack filler tends to have a longer lifespan but can be more difficult to apply correctly.
- The trick to achieving a smooth finish free of brush strokes is to use the checkerboard technique described above. First, strokes parallel to house. Second, strokes perpendicular to house. Checkerboard just describes the process; the resulting finish will not have a checkerboard pattern if done correctly.
What You Need
- Pressure washer (this can be rented at most rental yards)
- Asphalt cleaner, such as Latex-ite Driveway Cleaner/Degreaser Powerwash
- Oil cleaner, for stubborn stains (optional)
- Wire brushes
- Asphalt crack filler (if you have cracks)
- QPR 50 Lb. High Performance Pavement Patch (only if you have larger holes)
- Driveway sealer, such as Latexite® Ultra Shield™ Driveway Treatment
- Stiff broom
- Old screwdriver