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Should I seal my driveway? Yes! Learn how to seal an asphalt driveway so you can prevent water, air, and light from causing cracks in your driveway. 

Once you’ve tackled organizing your garage, it’s time to take a look at your driveway.

I know I’ve talked about how to install a paver walkway in the past. If you’re looking at another home improvement project, I recommend you try that.

Seal an asphalt driveway

How To Seal An Asphalt Driveway


Once your driveway has been paved, it’s important that you seal it to prevent future damage.

All you really need to tackle this project is an asphalt squeegee and asphalt sealer.

Prepare driveway for sealcoat


Begin by fixing cracks in your driveway.

If you’ve never sealed a driveway before, it’s much easier to begin with a premixed driveway seal coating.

Choosing this option means you don’t have to mix or blend. And, you can pour the sealant right from the bucket.

Plan ahead for weather


If you’re wondering how to seal an asphalt driveway, the most important tip I can share is to check the weather forecast.

The temperature needs to be at least 60 F before and after you apply the sealant.

If there is rain in the forecast the day before or after your scheduled date, choose another day.

Even dew or fog can impact how the project turns out.

Tools and Equipment

Sealing an asphalt driveway


Read instructions

Check the bucket to find out how much you need to seal your paved driveway.

An older driveway will soak up more than a newer one. That means you’ll likely need more than one coat of driveway sealer.

Prepare asphalt surface

Trim and edge your driveway, removing any grass along the very edges.

Clean your driveway to remove dirt and debris. It won’t seal properly if your driveway isn’t clean. I recommend a power washer. Allow it to dry completely.

Trim edges

Tape all of the surfaces the asphalt comes into contact with including brick, concrete, gutters, and lamp posts etc…

Dip your heavy-duty paintbrush into the bucket of driveway sealer and paint the edges of your driveway all the way around. Work in smaller sections if you have a large driveway. (i.e. paint edges of the section of driveway you’ll be working in first, and move along repeating the process as you do more of the driveway.)

Pour asphalt sealer

Open the bucket of sealant and pour it carefully from one side of the driveway to the other. Pour a 6-inch band of sealer. 

Spread asphalt sealer

Use an asphalt squeegee to carefully spread out a thin layer of sealer, pulling the sealant toward you as you back away from the driveway.

Sealing an asphalt driveway with a squeegee

Recoat as necessary

Allow the driveway to dry according to the instructions from the manufacturer before you apply another coat.

Seal An Asphalt Driveway

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How to seal an asphalt driveway with step by step instructions.

Equipment

  • Asphalt sealer
  • 4" Heavy duty paintbrush
  • Squeegee
  • Grass edger
  • Push broom
  • Pressure washer
  • Masking or duct tape

Ingredients
  

  • Asphalt sealer Measure driveway and read bucket to determine how much you will need.
  • Clear weather and clear schedule

Instructions
 

  • Trim the edging grass around your driveway. Use a broom and pressure washer to clean the driveway, allow it to dry completely.
  • Tape all of the surfaces the asphalt comes in contact with including brick, concrete, gutters, and lamp posts.
  • Open the bucket of sealant and dip your paint brush into the sealant. Brush the edges of the driveway.
  • Pour the sealer carefully from one side of the driveway to the other in 6-inch strips. Use the asphalt squeegee to carefully spread out a thin layer of sealer, pulling the sealant toward you as you back away from the driveway.
  • Allow the driveway to dry completely before you apply another coat.

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