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How to Freshen Up an Asphalt Driveway

If your asphalt driveway is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be in need of some simple maintenance and repair.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Clean the Asphalt

Use a push broom to sweep the driveway very well. Use a shop vacuum to clean up any remaining loose debris in the area. Use soap and water and a stiff-bristle brush to finish cleaning the driveway. If engine oil has leaked onto the asphalt, use a specially formulated cleaning solution to remove it.

Step 2: Repair Cracks

Apply a generous bead of crack filler directly into cracks. Use a putty knife to smooth out the filler so that it is flush with the driveway.

bead of filler in crack prevents moisture damage

Courtesy of Lucie Rowe

Step 3: Seal the Driveway

Barricade the driveway to prevent cars from entering before the sealant has had a chance to dry. Cover any plants or landscaping with plastic to prevent the chemicals from spilling into unwanted areas. Apply sealant according to manufacturer's instructions. Use a special brush and squeegee to spread it uniformly across the surface.

sealer applied to wet driveway with brushes

Courtesy of Lucie Rowe

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