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A blacktop driveway cannot remain smooth forever. The forces of nature break down the asphalt surface. Unless your driveway is adequately maintained, potholes and cracks will appear. Fixing a pothole is no longer a job for the paving pros. Practically any do-it-yourselfer can make this repair.
QPR Permanent & Easy Pothole Repair is the world’s #1 selling permanent pavement repair material. With our out-of-the-bag formula, QPR Pothole Repair doesn’t require mixing or adding anything to the material. It’s as simple as pouring the material out of the bag and tamping the product in the hole.
With just a few simple steps, you can ensure that your repair is both permanent and maintenance free.
Clean the area to be repaired of any loose material or debris. It isn’t necessary to remove ALL dirt and dust from the hole, but make sure you take out any large objects and remove most of the loose material.
Water is no problem. Any water in the hole will simply be displaced by the repair material.
Pour the QPR Pothole Repair directly from the bag into the hole. If lifting the bag is too onerous, you may also use a shovel or trowel to scoop the material out of the bag and into the hole.
When adding QPR Pothole Repair to the hole, add in 2-inch increments before compaction.
Once you have approximately a 2 inch base, use a Tamp Tool, Crack Filler Tool, or shovel back to compact the material in the hole.
The key to a permanent repair is compaction; the better the compaction, the better the repair.
After applying your 2 inch base, reapply and compact in two inch increments until the repair area has been filled.
Once the hole has been filled and fully compacted, apply a small crown to the repair area to allow for additional compaction. This will allow the product to continue to settle once opened to traffic.
Use your tamp tool to compact the crown.
You have successfully repaired your pothole and the repaired area is now open to traffic immediately, but it may take up to 6 months to fully cure. Many factors can affect the curing time including climate, temperature, geographic location, altitude, etc. The product may setup faster, but as a general rule of thumb, be sure to wait at least 6 months before applying driveway sealer. This slow cure process allows QPR Pothole Repair to continuously move after your repair. This movement gives allows the product to fill voids and crevices that would otherwise fill with water and lead to costly and time-consuming repairs.
If you need a faster setup time, pour ½ - ¾ inch of mortar dust or Portland cement over the top most level of the repair prior to final compaction. For added compaction, use a truck tire to aid in the compaction process.