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Driveway sealing

Hey Everyone,

Trying to figure out the best option for getting a driveway sealed.

I know there are the dudes that have a truck or cart that they use to spray on a blacktop. Then there are the large cans of (paint?) coating that you can buy from Canadian tire that you can do your self.

Is either one better - will one cause more damage/cracking than good?

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

Thanks so much....
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A guy that sprays coal tar will be the best looking and protective/longest lasting. Neither will cause cracking.
It's mostly for looks, but will protect from oil and water incursion/breakup.
$200 for my 3 car driveway.
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rohruaj wrote: I was also looking to do the same as DIYin the next few days.
Does anyone have any experience using this product.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/airp ... c=true#spc
I was told to go buy this stuff....

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/latex- ... 1000712431
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engineered wrote: A guy that sprays coal tar will be the best looking and protective/longest lasting. Neither will cause cracking.
It's mostly for looks, but will protect from oil and water incursion/breakup.
$200 for my 3 car driveway.
Is that true? So in terms of lifespan of a driveway this does little to prolong it, rather it just keeps it looking 'fresh' for longer?
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barqers wrote: Is that true? So in terms of lifespan of a driveway this does little to prolong it, rather it just keeps it looking 'fresh' for longer?
That's what they say and it seems to be true. But feel like it can help prevent oils and water/ice from breaking it up, but it probably isn't much.
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Idk.. they don't seal the roads.. and they get a lot more abuse from cars and weather.. looks aside never understood why we need to seal our asphalt driveways. However we don't get to use free tax $$ to constantly repave.

I'm of the not doing anything aside from washing it whenever I wash the cars.
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I got a quote for $80 to get it done with the spray tar stuff.

Just gonna go that route.... sounds like it's one of the better options.

Thanks for the feedback peeps.
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engineered wrote: A guy that sprays coal tar will be the best looking and protective/longest lasting. Neither will cause cracking.
It's mostly for looks, but will protect from oil and water incursion/breakup.
$200 for my 3 car driveway.
I always thought that application is more for looks, I heard some dilute the mixture... Still get the look but might not last long
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TLSRULZ wrote: Idk.. they don't seal the roads.. and they get a lot more abuse from cars and weather.. looks aside never understood why we need to seal our asphalt driveways. However we don't get to use free tax $$ to constantly repave.

I'm of the not doing anything aside from washing it whenever I wash the cars.
Asphalt sealer used on driveways was never designed for roads. There are specific products for that application - like Liquid Road.
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engineered wrote: A guy that sprays coal tar will be the best looking and protective/longest lasting. Neither will cause cracking.
It's mostly for looks, but will protect from oil and water incursion/breakup.
$200 for my 3 car driveway.
If he's spraying it then it's likely not coal tar. Coal tar is quite thick and when sprayed it has A LOT of overspray, thus not good in a residential setting. Typically, the sprayed sealers are an oil based product. Not as durable. Coal tar and another sealing product classification, asphalt emulsion, are put down with squeegees and are matte black. The stuff you buy at big box stores are asphalt emulsions with a small percentage of coal tar.
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Many years ago I did it myself with something from HomeDepot, it looked good for a year then vanished pretty quick over winter. Some guy came to the door and sprayed something on it and it looked good for 3 years.

Compared to my neightbours driveways that have never been treated, mine still looks alot better after the coating dissipates . I have kids with leaky cars and it really makes a difference keeping the liquids from destroying the driveway.
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blexann wrote: I always thought that application is more for looks, I heard some dilute the mixture... Still get the look but might not last long
I always heard the same, but my neighbour
ManInTheBurbs wrote: If he's spraying it then it's likely not coal tar. Coal tar is quite thick and when sprayed it has A LOT of overspray, thus not good in a residential setting. Typically, the sprayed sealers are an oil based product. Not as durable. Coal tar and another sealing product classification, asphalt emulsion, are put down with squeegees and are matte black. The stuff you buy at big box stores are asphalt emulsions with a small percentage of coal tar.
You're right, I haven't done mine, but the guy that did my neighbours poured and squeegeed. It had a nice matte finish. I had another neighbour that had theirs sprayed ended up with a thin, glossy finish that didn't last long.
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