How To: Seal A Driveway

What you will need

  • Paving & Patio seal
  • Path & Patio Cleaner
  • Power washer
  • Stiff brush
  • Masonry paint brush
  • Long pile roller
  • Paint tray
  • Disposable gloves
  • Stain & oil cleaner (if required)

 

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  • 1 Check the weather and make sure you do this job on a clear day. Before applying sealer, examine the driveway. Scrape away any moss or weeds between the bricks. If there are any oil stains remove these with a stain and oil cleaner.
  • 2 Brush away any debris with a stiffing brush. If you need to remove any ingrained dirt on the slabs before sealing, apply a Path & Patio Cleaner, brush vigorously with a stiff brush, then rinse down thoroughly with a hose. Alternatively use a pressure washer to remove the ingrained dirt and stains. Leave to dry.
  • 3 Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. For best results apply the seal using a paint tray and either a long pile roller or masonry brush. The Paving seal forms a clear membrane that repels water, dirt, oil and fuel spills to prevent staining and reduce weather damage.
  • 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! A good idea is to start at the bottom of the driveway and work towards the front door. Read the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the drying time.
  • 5 Apply an even coat of seal to ensure all surface irregularities are covered. Make sure the coating does not ‘pond’ in surface depressions. If it does, just use a masonry brush to re-distribute.
  • 6 Leave to dry. For best results the seal should be left overnight before parking vehicles on it or subjecting it to heavy foot traffic.