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Could You Use a Paint Roller to Put on Driveway Sealer?

Sealing your drive protects it from the elements, which prolongs the life span of your drive and also saves you the cost of replacement or resurfacing. If you are applying an acrylic-based driveway sealer, that is designed for masonry or concrete surfaces, it can be applied with a roller. If you are applying an asphalt-based product, however, it has to be applied with a squeegee. Many producers of asphalt-based sealers will void the warranty if a roller is used to apply their merchandise.

Put on gloves, goggles and a dust mask when preparing and sealing your drive.

Damp loose dust, dirt and other debris from the driveway with a stiff-bristled broom.

Rinse the drive with a hose or pressure washer to eliminate stuck-on dirt, debris and dust. Begin at the highest point and work your way down to the lowest point to prevent redistributing the dirt.

Pour concrete cleansers on oil spots or stains, and wash using a stiff wire brush. Leaving oil and other stains can cause them to bleed or bubble through your paints coat.

Rinse the drive with clean water to eliminate cleaning residues.

Pour a 1-inch-wide strip of sealer across the highest part of your driveway and roll it above the surface with a paint roller to generate a thin layer no thicker than a dime. Work across the drive and roll in 3- to 4-foot sections. If you use an asphalt-based sealer, pull the sealer across the surface with a squeegee while applying steady downward pressure.

Continue pouring the sealer and rolling until you have covered the entire surface of the driveway.

Wash the first coat to dry for approximately 2 hours and follow with a second thin coat applied at a perfect angle to the direction in which you applied the first coat.

Put up a barrier at the end of the drive to prevent anyone from pushing it for at least 24 hours following the last coat of sealer.

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