Tips for sealing concrete driveways
Plain concrete, stencilled, stamped
Why seal your driveway?
Sealing plain grey concrete is a waste of money! Why do I say this?
Unlike stencilled or stamped concrete plain grey concrete has no colour to protect. On the other hand stencilled, stamped or coloured concrete needs a barrier between it and your car or foot traffic and a couple of coats of decorative sealer will do the trick. If you don’t maintain your patterned driveway with sealer the chances are that eventually the colour will wear off in patches and will need open heart surgery to make it look good again.
What you will need
The decorative sealer we use is solvent based and comes in satin or high gloss.
Here are a few tips on a DIY job.
You will need 1 ltr for every 4m2 of surface area per coat. 20ltr will do approximately 80m2 per coat
You will need some thinner for the first coat. Thin approximately 15%
You will need a new 230mm roller and a solvent resistant roller cover.
A roller extension pole
A brush to cut in.
Respirator, nitrile rubber gloves.
A garden blower.
Pitfalls – Don’t seal when the weather is cold, damp or really hot. In summer the best time to seal is late afternoon. In the winter the middle of the day is best.
Leave at least 4 hours between coats.
This is how you do it!
Make sure you wear your respirator and gloves!!
Firstly make sure the driveway is sparkling clean.
Make sure it is very dry before you seal.
Blow off all debris.
Thin your sealer 15% for the first coat.
Cut in with your brush.
Your roller will fit straight into the 20ltre drum, load your roller then start rolling. Make sure to roll out the sealer thin, if it’s too thick it can bubble.
If you’re not confident in doing this just give Power Wash Australia a call 0415 972 645