Prep & Patch
For the best results - follow application instructions on each product container. Plan on prep and repair on one day and sealing on the next day.
Trim all grass and vegetation away from the edges of the asphalt surface. Leave nothing overhanging or in contact with the asphalt surface.
Cut out broken or severely cracked areas or deteriorated asphalt using a hammer and cold chisel. If it is deteriorated along driveway edge, install a piece of wood along the edge of the driveway to act as a frame.
Sweep and clean off the entire driveway. Remove dirt and pickup loose stones and asphalt from any ruts, potholes or low spots.
Oil/Fuel Spots - Scrub oil, fuel spots and other stains with Latex·ite® Driveway Cleaner.
This full strength penetrating cleaner should be liberally applied to the stain and vigorously scrubbed with a stiff wire brush. Rinse away the dirty residue area with water. Repeat this process until clean. If stain is soft, cut out with chisel and follow repair instructions.
After scrubbing problem spots, thoroughly flush the entire driveway with a final rinse.
Better Bond - Apply Latex·ite® Oil Spot Primer, an acrylic penetrating primer, to prevent any bleedthrough of minute traces of fuel and oil and to promote a better bond of Latex·ite® sealers to the cleaned area.
Apply Oil Spot Primer full strength from the bottle... spread with a brush. This product goes on white and dries clear. More than one coat may be needed.
Fine & Medium Cracks up to 12mm - Fill with Latex·ite® 2X Premium Crack Filler or 1QT. Asphalastic Crack Filler.
Snip off end of spout and pour black rubberized sealant into unsightly cracks up to 12mm.
Fill just below asphalt surface ... do not over fill. Filler will remain pliable... expanding when hot, contracting when cold.
If you spill any on the pavement surface simply wipe up with wet rag or scrape off with a putty knife. Allow overnight to cure prior to sealing over.
For Large Cracks, Areas of "allegation", Depressions & Low Spots
Trowel with Latex-ite® Trowel Patch
This is a smooth asphalt repair product. It is designed to repair medium to large cracks, smooth out rough spots and fill minor depressions. Trowel in layers of 6mm to 12mm ...no greater as it sets up from the top down. Allow each layer to harden overnight before applying next layer. Build up the patch until level and feather out the edges for a smooth, neat, uniform appearance.
Once you finished troweling, give it at least 24 hours to properly cure prior to sealing over it.
Get Ready To Seal
Pro Tip: On hot days: Mist off the driveway prior to sealing. Your job will be a lot easier!!!
Once the asphalt is repaired and cleaned ... you are ready to seal. DON'T SEAL OVER PROBLEMS! Apply only if weather is clear and dry. DO NOT APPLY when rain or fog is imminent or likely within 48 hours. Also, do not apply very late in the day. For best results both surface and air temperature should be above 10 degrees centigrade and rising for proper adhesion.
Premix 1/2 of the pails you expect to use. Then mix additional pails as needed.
If you prefer not to stir, our Latex·ite® Ultra Shield is a NO-STIR Sealer - all you have to do is pour and spread. If the product has a bit of standing water on top, this is normal due to condensation - you can give it a quick mix.
(Only when the driveway is very HOT!)
Start at the end of the driveway farthest from the street (start approximately 2 feet out). Apply a fine mist of water to the pavement to lightly dampen the pavement ... leave no standing puddles of water. Apply sealer to the dampened pavement. Remoisten as needed.
Start by pouring a ribbon of sealer across the width of the driveway about 2 feet from the end of the garage or house in a snake-like pattern. Use a driveway squeegee.
Once you've poured a bead across the driveway, use your squeegee to pull the sealer back and forth, in a moon shape, across the driveway starting near your house and working down towards the street. (Maintain a wet bead or edge to avoid streak marks.) See photos below. Remember to drag squeegee back and forth ... do not push.
Apply pressure to leave a thin coat. Two thin coats are better than one thick coat. As more sealer is required, pour it next to where you left off to slightly overlap (Maintain a wet bead or edge to avoid streak marks). Continue sealing project in one day if possible and without stopping to avoid your driveway sealer curing at a different rate... possibly leaving different shades of color.
Use a squeegee properly to get professional results!
- Going from left to right: right hand on top twisting towards your chest, left hand on bottom applying down pressure.
- Going from right to left: left hand on top twisting towards your chest, right hand on bottom applying down pressure.
Block off the driveway with the empty pails and stay off the driveway for a minimum of 24-48 hours. The sealer may take longer to cure if it is humid.
Latex·ite® water-based formulas make clean up quick and easy. Simply clean tools and empty buckets with plain water immediately after use. Buckets can be used for gardening, fishing, car washing, hobbies...