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How To DIY Asphalt Resurfacing

Are you in the quest of finding another Do It Yourself skill that you can add to your list?

If you have only tried small projects indoors, asphalt resurfacing can be a little challenging to you. But fear no more. Asphalt resurfacing is actually an easy thing to do as long as your driveway is in a good condition.

And what’s better than knowing that resurfacing with asphalt only costs little!

If ever you just want to save bucks but still want to work on your driveway, then go on with these steps because you will surely achieve the results your neighbors will get jealous of!

First Step: Set your driveway

Before fixing anything, cleaning properly is a must to prepare the driveway. You have to free the are from dust, debris, water, and vegetation. Weeds can also grow from the asphalt so get rid of them first. Removing will be made easy once you make use of the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. Then, you can use a stiff bristled broom or leaf blower in removing the dirt and debris.

You can also choose to spray the driveway using a hose. Whichever of the mentioned methods of cleaning you choose, just see to it that the driveway is completely dry before the fixing. Because asphalt can get into the cracks and trap the moisture.

So if ever you choose to clean with a hose, it has to be on a really sunny day and wait for at least twenty-four hours before restoring.

Second Step: Doing the fixing

Now that you got the area free from all the dirt, you can start pouring into the holes and cracks. A liquid filler can be of help if the holes you are looking into is only up to half an inch long. There is a nozzle on top of the filler that you will have to cut. Once done, pour the asphalt into the holes, letting it overfill a little.

A putty knife and a paste filler can be used for larger holes. Afterwards, make use of a trowel to polish the edges. And, always check if the holes on larger cracks don’t go beyond the bottom layer of asphalt before pouring. If you find that it does, pour some sand or gravel to make it shallower.

Third Step: Prepare the resurfacer
Never skip buying a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives. It is very helpful for flexibility. Mix and blend the resurfacer properly before using.

Fourth Step: Making use of the resurfacer
Because the resurfacer is ready, you can now apply it. A paintbrush can be used for application. Start at the edges. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.

Conclusion on Asphalt Resurfacing

Tada! Asphalt resurfacing done! The excess can be used again and recycled.