Seal Your Driveway And Return It To "Just Paved" Glory

Newly Sealed Asphalt Driveway
Newly Sealed Asphalt Driveway. Getty / Willowpix

Is your asphalt driveway cracked, faded, stained, or otherwise not complementing the beauty of your home? Close up those cracks and recoat it for a nice, fresh, black "just like new" appearance again.

What This Is

Minor do-it-yourself asphalt driveway patching and sealing.  This is a "cold method" in which a non-heated asphalt mix is used to fill holes, liquid sealer fills cracks, and an overall sealant covers the entire driveway.

What This Is NOT

Hot-tar asphalt installed by a professional company, a far more involved and costly process in which several layers of heated tar are laid down and then pressed smooth with a roller.

What It Will Look Like

New and black, especially from a distance.  Up close and at certain angles, the crack and hole patches will be visible below the sealant.  The sealant itself will have a slightly shiny appearance.  

Who Can Do It

Anyone who can lift 50 pounds and is in reasonably good shape.

How To Do It

  1. Remove Debris:  By hand, remove weeds, rocks, dirt, and other obstructions from cracks in the asphalt. Use a screwdriver or trowel.
  2. Clean Oil Spots:  Clean oil off of driveway with the oil cleaner if you have stubborn stains.
  3. Clean Surface:  Apply the asphalt cleaner, then thoroughly pressure-wash the surface. Wait until driveway is completely dry.
  4. Fill Large Holes:   If you have large holes that need filling, use Road Rescue Asphalt Patch, QPR 50 Lb. High Performance Pavement Patch, or similar product.
  1. Seal Cracks:  Apply the asphalt crack sealer.
  2. Apply Sealant 1:  Seal driveway by using squeegee to spread asphalt sealer in series of passes parallel to the house. Let dry according to product instructions.
  3. Apply Sealant 2:  Now, seal driveway by using squeegee to spread asphalt sealer in series of passes perpendicular to the house. Let dry according to product instructions.

    Materials and Tools

    Tips

    1. 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.
    2. 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!
    3. 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.
    4. 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.