If you purchased a piece of property that has an asphalt patio with a couple large cracks in its surface, fill them by completing the following steps. Add sealcoat to the asphalt to give it a uniform appearance and to prevent cracks from becoming an issue again.
- stiff-bristled broom
- wire brush
- water hose
- commercial detergent
- long-handled scrub brush
- bucket of cold asphalt patch
- putty knife
- vinyl tarps
- bucket of sealcoat
- mixing stick
- paint roller
- extension handle
- roller frame
Sweep The Patio And Remove Loose Pieces Of Asphalt And Stains
Sweep the patio's surface with a stiff-bristled broom. Move a wire brush over the cracks to dislodge loose pieces of asphalt that are stuck inside of them. Fill a bucket with water. Add a small amount of commercial detergent to it and stir the contents until bubbles form. Use a long-handled scrub brush to apply the soapy water to visible stains on the patio. Move the brush firmly over each one. Rinse the patio off with a water hose afterwards and wait for its surface to dry.
Fill The Cracks And Cover The Property That Surrounds The Patio
Stir the cold asphalt patch. Use a trowel to apply the patch to the inside of each crack. Pack the patch down firmly and fill the damaged sections until they are level with the rest of the patio's surface. Even out any excess patch with a putty knife. Wait for the patch to harden. Place vinyl tarps over property that surrounds the patio. By doing so, your property won't be exposed to the sealcoat if any accidentally spills onto it.
Apply Sealcoat To The Asphalt
Use a paint roller or squeegee to apply the sealcoat to the patio's surface in straight lines. Begin in one end of the patio and be careful not to backtrack, causing you to accidentally step on a section that was already covered. Once the entire patio has been covered, wait for the treated surface to dry. Afterwards, apply a second coat of the sealer if any areas weren't covered sufficiently with the first one.
Once the sealcoat is dry completely, remove the tarps from the ground. The sealcoat that was added will prevent damage to the patio and will preserve its appearance. Add more sealcoat in the future if the first coat or two that were added begin to show signs of wear. Go here for additional info.