How to Apply Sealer for Concrete Driveways

Much of the work involved in sealing concrete driveways is preparation—both for the concrete area and you. Before sealing concrete, make sure the surface is clean and dry. If necessary, use soap or degreaser to thoroughly clean the slab.

Any patching that is required should be completed before sealing. Clean, dry surfaces are critical in order for the sealer to properly adhere to the concrete.

Sealers are not substances you want to have in contact with your skin or eyes, so make sure to wear gloves, long sleeves and trousers, and eye protection when applying the sealer. Before beginning, read label directions for any special precautions.

Concrete sealers can be applied with a roller or with a sprayer, depending on the product. Refer to the manufacturer's label instructions for the recommended method. Generally speaking, solvent-based (oil-based) sealers are best applied by spraying, while water-based sealers are better applied with a roller.

With either method, strive for complete coverage. Most products are rated to cover 250 to 300 square feet per gallon. It is best to apply two or even three thin coats, allowing each coat to dry between applications. This will prevent puddling that can create uneven coverage. Overlap the areas as you apply the sealer to ensure full coverage.

It is best to work on one small square section at a time, no more than about 25 square feet (a 5-foot by 5-foot section) rather than working in narrow strips. Drying time is about two hours, but this can vary depending on weather conditions. Humid summer conditions may require a drying time of five or more hours. The entire surface should be dry to the touch without any sticky feel before you apply the next coat.

After Care

Once your concrete area is sealed, regular maintenance will keep the sealer coat doing its job. Simple cleaning every few months with soap and water is a part of this routine. If you notice areas that have worn thin, a light re-application after washing is a good idea.

Opinions vary regarding how often a concrete driveway should be resealed. This depends partly on the product used, as well as on the weather and level of wear and tear on the slab. The quality of resins in the sealer will greatly influence the lifespan of the seal coat. Should plan on resealing every one to three years.

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