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I live a townhouse with 2car garage. A year ago I was forced by asocciation to seal coat my driveway. I was about to do it myself but a neighbor had already some contractor doing it so I asked for an estimate and I agreed on $90. My driveway can fit 2x3=6 cars so quite big. It's a year and my driveway looks ugly again.
So this year I want to do it myself finally for the first time. What sealer should i use? I was thinking to go to HomeDepot and buy sealer that has 8years warranty. Is it something good? Please give me some advice?
 
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Asphalt sealer is like most coatings - you get what you pay for. I'm not familiar with HD's offerings but it's likely they have 2 or 3 grades of sealer. All sealers will fade if they get a lot of sun but the better ones generally don't fade as quick. Be sure to clean the driveway good [and let it dry well] first!
 
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Old 06-16-16, 04:44 AM
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Here's a hint to make the job easier. The night before clean drive way and using a wide 8" paint brush and seal the perimeter of the whole driveway. Then get up about 5:00 am in the morning, while it's still cool and do the whole driveway. It will be dry enough to walk on by noon. You don't want to spread that stuff in the hot sun. It's like trying to spread glue. Plus the heat will wear you down in no time. I've been doing this way for years and most DIY do it this way.
 
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Do they still sell 8" paint brushes? I haven't used one since I was an apprentice painter - don't miss them either
 
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What sealing perimeter will do? Why? What brands and types you guys prefer and why? I dont want to do it next year. If possible I would like to seal in 3-5 years again...
 
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Sealing the perimeter the night before just makes it easier to finish the job the next morning.Locally we have a product called Jet Coat 747. There are three grades. I use the mid grade stuff. The best is labeled airport grade. Most of this stuff is produced locally. I think the big box stores buy it locally also but private label it.

Don't expect a 5 year wear. At best 2 to 3 years. A lot depends on use of driveway and how mush sun and debris. Also winter cold and ice will affect life span.

Re-read your first post. That is a big area you've got. For $90 bucks a shot I would gladly pay for it every year.

Marksr...would you believe a 6" brush?
 
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I think I might still have a 6" block brush lying around although those big brushes really affect my tennis elbow .... and I've never played tennis

I know many advocate sealing driveways every year but I've always thought that was too often. IMO every 2-3 yrs makes more sense. I'd suspect after 5 yrs the driveway would look like it had never been sealed.
 
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I was thinking about Airport Grade from HD. It costs $28 a bucket. I think i will need 6. Is it worth it?
I want to save and i dont want to redo sealing every year. I dont want to seal it. It is asocciation which forces me if i have greyish worn spots or oil spills. Yes it is greyish here and there but is it enough to seal it? I dont know.
 
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While I don't know a lot about asphalt sealers I do know quite a bit about paint and generally the higher priced coatings cover and wear better than their cheaper cousins.

Since there is a HOA involved, I'd take a cue from some of the other properties as to how often they seal their driveways.
 
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today i checked size of my driveway. It is 20x84 so 1680sq ft. That would be 4 buckets. 4X$28=..$120 + cost of squagge and crack sealer. I have black rubber boots already. If it. Lasts 3yrs or more than i see savings conparing paying $90-120 every year. I paid $90 last year but i was going to pay $120 before my neighbor agreed to do it same day so the guy gave us better price.
 
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Your logic is flawed. It's not $90 every year vs $120 every 2 or 3 years. Why do you think you need to do it every year at $90 but only once every 2 or 3 years at $120? Do it at $90 then wait 2 or 3 years and do it again at most likely $100.
 
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Because HOA sends me letter that i need to seal it if there are worn gray spots every year by july 1st or i will get fine
 
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So regardless which method you use it may gray within the year no matter what. The graying is a matter of weathering and use. I doubt the material of either type will have any better color retention than the other. As a matter of fact certain car cleaning soaps will leave a residue on the driveway surface that cause it to look white. Only a heavy rain will clean it off. But then the original blacktop color is already compromised. The sun is the biggest contributor to causing blacktop to turn grey. Look at any roadway. They are not black. They are grey.
 
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I dont want to get fine but i dont have money for sealcoating every year. I think i will pass this year than.
 
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