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Seal an Asphalt Driveway

Excessive heat, ultraviolet rays and substances such as salt, oil, gas and grease all take their toll on an asphalt driveway. Without protection, that beautiful black driveway eventually can become a lumpy, crumbling mess. If you are willing to put forth a little effort, you can prevent these problems by sealing, protecting and maintaining your driveway.

Preparing Your Driveway for Asphalt Sealing

How to Seal an Asphalt Driveway

QPR Professional Grade Driveway Sealer has become the nation’s standard for sealing and protecting pavement.  The no-mix formula is used directly out of the pail with no blending or mixing required.

Before applying QPR Driveway Sealer, check to ensure the following prerequisites are met:

  • Any repairs made with QPR Stone Grade Crack Filler or QPR Permanent & Easy Pothole Repair must have had at least 6-months to fully cure.  Simply seal around any newly repaired areas.
  • The ambient temperature outside must be a minimum of 60°F or more within a 24 hour period before and after making your repair.
  • Do not apply if rain is imminent or forecasted within 24-48 hours before or after application.
  • If you live in an area prone to morning dew or fog, make sure to stop the coating process before 3:00pm to prevent wash-off.
  • The driveway cannot be used for 24-48 hours.

Asphalt sealers are not intended for use on concrete and vice-versa.  Double-check the label to make sure you're using the right sealant for your job.

Applying Asphalt Driveway Sealer

Once all of these pre-requisites have been met, you are ready to start the sealing process.

Each pail of QPR Professional Grade Driveway Sealer should yield approximately 350 square feet of coverage, but may yield less based on the permeability of your pavement as well as various other factors.

Step 1
Fully clean off any debris or dirt on your pavement surface.  The surface must be COMPLETELY clean before applying QPR Driveway Sealer.

Step 2
It is best to tape off all surfaces adjacent to the pavement you do not want sealed.  This would include any concrete surfaces, brick, gutters, or anything that might come in contact with the sealer.

For edges, you can use a dry brush to apply the Driveway Sealer if preferred.  This will provide a neater edge.

Step 3
Open the bucket and begin to pour the sealer from one side of the pavement to the other pouring a 6 inch bead of sealer starting at your garage or carport working toward the street.

Step 4
Take your QPR Squeegee Tool and begin to spread a very thin layer of sealer moving from one side to the other and back again making sure to cover 100% of the asphalt surface.

Good to Know

It is always a good idea to plan ahead. Space out the pails every 350 square feet (or slightly larger than a standard parking space) to avoid needing to cross over the newly sealed surface.

Good to Know

This is a non-stop process and should be fully completed once started. After pouring the sealer onto the pavement, it is important to continue to spread the sealer with your Squeegee Tool to prevent the material from drying too quickly.

Good to Know

When you have completed the full length of your driveway, allow 24-48 hours for the sealer to dry before opening to vehicle traffic.