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How to Repair and Reseal the Driveway

Follow these steps to repair and reseal a driveway.

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repair and reseal a driveway
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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Do a Once-over, then Sweep and Clean

Check the driveway surface for cracks. Remove dirt and debris from larger cracks with your 5-in-1 tool. Then fill them with a driveway patch (available at your local hardware store). Make sure to fill the cracks completely and then smooth them over with the trowel.

Give the driveway a good sweeping and scrape off any gunk that might be embedded in the asphalt. Hose off the driveway to get the surface as clean as possible.

Step 2: Dress for Mess

Put on some old clothes. Cover your shoes with plastic bags to protect them from splatter.

Step 3: Whip up Sealer, then Spread

Stir the driveway sealer for 15 minutes or until it is an even consistency.

Pour sealer in a line down the center of the driveway. You want to spread the layer of sealant as thinly as possible to cover the entire surface. Use a squeegee to pull the sealer from the center to each side. Continue until the driveway is completely covered.

Step 4: Let Dry

It takes a few hours to dry and overnight to cure so avoid walking on it and certainly don't park on it until it is fully cured.