How To: Clean And Rejuvenate Tarmac

 What you will need

  • Oil and drive cleaner (if required)
  • Drive Seal
  • Stiff bristle brush
  • Trowel or paint scraper
  • Wire brush
  • Long pile roller and extension handle
  • Roller tray
  • Disposable gloves


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  • 1 Before starting this job, check the weather and make sure it’s going to be a clear day. Remove dirt, moss, lichen, dust or loose material using a trowel / paint scraper and by brushing with a stiff bristle brush.
  • 2 If required, use an oil & drive cleaner to remove any existing oil/grease deposits and to clean driveways prior to application. Leave the cleaner on for the time indicated in instructions.
  • 3 Hose down the area with a power washer or alternatively rinse the tarmac with water and brush the area to be coated - this will remove all surface debris. Check the existing surface and if necessary fill any holes or surface imperfections with a suitable cold cure tarmac in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
  • 4 Plan how you are going to apply the seal. Make sure that you have an exit point when you have finished the job – you don’t want to trap yourself in a corner! Drive Seal can be applied using a long pile roller on damp, but not saturated surfaces. Using a roller tray, load the roller fully and apply in an even coat ensuring all irregularities are covered.
  • 5 Leave to dry for the time indicated in instructions. If necessary apply a second coat. For best results the seal should be left overnight before parking vehicles on it or subjecting it to heavy foot traffic.
  • 6 Now the tarmac is completely clean and rejuvenated.