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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 you’re thinking about something wherein you could save a few bucks but still have good results, just keep on reading to know the steps. I assure you, you will get the results you have been hoping for since the start.
First Step: Condition your driveway
Before anything else, you will have to clean properly the driveway. The zone must be free from all the dirt, dust, debris, water, and vegetation. Some weeds are going to grow from the asphalt. Remove them first. It will be easier if you will remove it with the use of the sharp angled tip of a triangle shaped garden hoe. The dirt and debris can then be removed with the use of a stiff bristled broom or a leaf blower.
A hose is also a good choice in spraying down the driveway. 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.
Hence, if you choose to clean by spraying with the use of hose, do it in a really sunny day. Also, wait for twenty-four hours before fixing to be sure.
Second Step: Doing the fixing
Now that it is already free from dirt, you can start filling in the holes and cracks. A liquid filler can be used if the holes don’t exceed half an inch long. A nozzle on top of the filler has to be cut. Afterwards, pour the asphalt into the holes while letting it overfill a little.
You can also make use of a putty knife or paste filler for larger holes. Afterwards, make use of a trowel to polish the edges. And, before pouring into larger holes, check if the hole does not go beyond the bottom layer of asphalt. If you find that it does, pour some sand or gravel to make it shallower.
Third Step: The resurfacer
Never skip buying a resurfacer with bonding polymers and sand additives. It is very helpful for flexibility. Mix properly the resurfacer before using.
Fourth Step: Using the resurfacer
After preparing the resurfacer, it is now ready for use. You can start the application on the edges by using a paintbrush. What you do next is to get a squeegee and apply the resurfacer into coats. Use a back and forth motion.
To End Asphalt Resurfacing
Tada! Asphalt resurfacing done! In case of excess, it can still be recycled.
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