YOUR GUIDE TO SEALING CONCRETE

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Whether you're sealing a concrete driveway, garage floor, or side path, sealing your concrete is a good way to protect it from extreme weather elements, oil stains and general wear and tear, whilst producing an attractive finish that is easier to clean and maintain. Sealants work by blocking the pores of the concrete, creating a protective layer to help stop dirt becoming ingrained.
 
To ensure you don't end up with an undesirable finish, there are important steps to follow before applying sealant.
 
YOUR GENERAL GUIDE TO SEALING CONCRETE
  • Clean the concrete surface before adding sealant. This includes removing old sealants, oil stains, dirt, and dust. A basic clean for new driveways can be achieved by using a hard bristle brush. If your driveway has stubborn old dirt stains, use a high-pressure washer. An acid wash may be required for those difficult to remove old sealants. If you have a serious mould problem, you should look into mould removers and fix any leaks which may be the source of your problem.
  • To ensure the sealant adheres to the concrete not dust particles on the surface, you can use an etching solution before applying sealant.
  • When your concrete is completely clean and dry, apply a thin coat of sealer - read application tips detailed below.
  • Wait for the first layer of sealer to dry and apply a second thin coat.
  • Allow the sealer to be completely dry before using your driveway.
APPLICATION TIPS
  • Apply a thin layer of sealant per application to avoid clumping.
  • Various brands of sealant are formulated differently, therefore, read the product instructions to know if using a roller or sprayer is recommended for application.
  • If using a roller, ensure you don't use an old roller or a cheap roller - both could result in unwanted particles sticking to your sealant and presenting an undesirable finish. Before purchasing a roller, speak with the expert at your local hardware store to make sure the roller you're purchasing is suitable for the task at hand.
RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Our application tips are general guidelines. We recommend you follow the application instructions recommended by product manufacturers.
  • Before shopping for your supplies, measure the area of your DIY project to ensure you purchase the right amount of product, remember to calculate the second coat of sealant.
  • Put together a shopping list to avoid unnecessary trips to the store.
  • Read product reviews, this is a great way to learn what other "DIY taskers" have to say and recommend.
IS THIS PROJECT WORTH DOING YOURSELF?
This is a very important question to ask before undertaking any DIY project.

Sealing your driveway can be a DIY project. However, a DIY project doesn't always work out to be the cheaper option. The best way to calculate if this DIY project is a worth doing yourself is to consider how much time this project will take you to start and complete, add the cost of materials required, including safety equipment and hiring costs, especially if you don't have a high-pressure cleaner.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Sealing your concrete on steps and steep slopes may cause the surface to be slippery and may be best avoided.


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