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A year or so after having your driveway paved with asphalt, you may decide the time has come to protect its surface with an application of sealcoating. However, before you start spraying your driveway, use the three tips below to help prepare the surface so that it is clean and free of obstacles.
Trim Grass and Weeds Along the Edges
Before you turn your attention to the surface of your driveway, take a good look along the edges. If you see tall grass and weeds growing up and onto the pavement, these will need to be trimmed before you attempt to seal coat your driveway, as the vegetation would become either permanently stuck to the asphalt. Or, they may stand up and rip a section of the coating.
You also want to trim everything back before you start cleaning. While you could technically perform the task after you clean, you would only be working in circles since you would have to clean up the grass clippings in already cleaned areas.
Clean Oil Stained Areas
After trimming the edges, walk around your driveway to see if you find any oil stained areas. If so, these should be cleaned before you apply the sealcoating.
If not, the oil will become trapped on the asphalt. Since oil breaks down the integrity of asphalt, it could cause cracks and holes, making the sealcoating application useless for those areas.
To remove the oil stains, pour some dark cola on the stains and let the phosphates work to loosen up the stain. Then use dish detergent and a scrub brush to further treat the area.
Rinse the Surface with High-Pressure Water
Once you have treated the stains and still have the detergent on them, rinse the entire surface of your driveway with high-pressure water. Not only will this rinse away the cleaner and oil stain, but it will also rinse off any dust or dirt that could interfere with the sealcoating.
While a pressure washer would be ideal for this task, you may not have one on hand. If not, turn your garden hose's nozzle so it sprays a tight, hard stream to achieve some of the same effect.
Using the tips above can help you prepare your driveway's surface for spray sealcoating. However, if you find that the surface is damaged or feel uncertain about your ability to apply a smooth layer, contact a contractor who specializes in sealcoating so they can inspect your asphalt driveway and possibly do the job for you.