Things to Consider
Check with the manufacturer of the surface you are sealing to find out how soon after a new installation you can begin sealing. However, most concrete manufacturers recommend waiting 1 year after a new installation
Step One: Cleaning Off the Driveway
First, sweep the driveway to remove any leaves, brush, or dirt. Then, using a pressure washer, thoroughly wash the entirety of your driveway. This will prevent any minor imperfections from being sealed into your driveway. Use the appropriate or recommended product to remove any staining.
Step Two: Prepping
First, section off areas measuring 300 ft2 overlapping by approximately one foot. Attach your water hose to the ‘E-Z’ Sprayer of STONESAVER Concrete Cleaner & Surface Prep. Pre-wet the section you are working with, starting with the lowest point on your surface. Work side to side covering the entire area. Each bottle should cover approximately 300 ft2. If there is any left, reinforce the cleaning application and prevent drying by going over the same area. Using a long handled stiff bristled broom, brush the area to loosen dirt or deposits. Rinse thoroughly (usually 5-6 rinses with 2 water hoses) until foaming is no longer visible. Be sure to rinse all cleaner from the surface as you progress to additional and upper sections until the entire surface is rinsed. Do not allow cleaner to dry on surface. An additional water hose will help with rinsing. Mist the surface with water if it begins to dry while cleaning. When the entire surface is cleaned and well rinsed, allow it to dry and inspect it. Repeat application to any white areas if necessary.
Step Three: Wait
It is imperative that you wait for your driveway to be completely dry before applying your sealer. Both surface and sand joints must be dried for a minimum of 24 hours. However, 48 hours is preferred if possible. Waiting for good conditions is also important. Paving Stone Sealer and Concrete Sealer can only be applied at temperatures above 7°C (45°F). Penetrating Low Gloss Sealer can only be applied at temperatures above 18°C (65°F).
Step Four: Sealing
Sealer can be rolled on or sprayed. In most residential applications, rolling is the recommended method.
Using a lint-free high pile roller and a metal paint tray, pour the sealer into the tray. Figure out where you want to be standing when finished and start in the opposite corner of that position so as not to trap yourself inside a circle of wet sealer. Apply the sealer in thin layers to prevent the uneven buildup of sealer. This will help with both drying time and the finished look of the sealed pavers. Ensure enough sealer is applied to fully saturate the surface. If you are sealing the surface for the first time, apply a second coat in a cross-direction. Allow the first coat to dry before applying the second.
Some sealers may require you to go over each coat with a dry roller to collect any pooled sealer. Be sure to read the instructions for your particular brand of sealer before beginning.
Allow the sealed surface to dry for a minimum of 24 hours before resuming regular traffic.
When working with STONESAVER or other sealing products, protective clothing, gloves, boots, eyewear and respirators should be worn. Avoid contact with eyes. Use only under well ventilated conditions. Avoid prolonged exposure. Store in cool, dry and ventilated area. Do not apply pressure to empty container. Do not add any other product to container. Keep container closed.