Any recommendations for a do-it-yourself driveway sealant or coating.
I've used Latex-ite from HD. Lowes sells the Black Jack brand.
And both brands have several choices with great sounding names like "airport grade" "ultra maxx" " ultra shield" "optimum" "acrylic plus," etc.
The Latex-ite was the kind you squeegee on. But there's also roll on type. (I'd imagine that it's thinner than the one you put on with a squeegee.)
I don't mind doing this project but I REALLY would rather not fight with trying to stir and mix it. The gallons I had were a BEAR to stir...I mean HARD. Just the stirring was a work out. I'm hoping for something that's easy (or no) stir. But I do want it to be more than just rolling on something that's little more than black paint.
they are really the same except the black jack is true black and some others seem to have a brown tint and you will end up with a patchy looking driveway so if you start with one try to get enough to finish because if your driveway is long it will show .Did my 300 ft. driveway and learned the hard way after that had a guy come in and do it .
Oh yes mix mix mix and hard on the arms and you cannot stop just like painting you will see the stop line .I had 2 people stirring and took a good 15 29 minutes stirring for each bucket .Not easy either .Broke sticks and after awhile used metal pipes .
Thanks. I forget what brand I used -- I THINK it was Latex-ite....a neighbor had given me THREE buckets!
It was a true black. And I liked the way it turned out.
Yeah, I know it's a tedious job. I've done it myself -- BY MYSELF before. I know about the "mixer" attachment for drills but was just hoping someone had found a 'no stir' or 'easy mix' sealer out there somewhere.
I did like the way the driveway came out when the job was done. I was hoping to be able to work at it a little less, that's all.
I hate to buy the mixing attachment, just for this one job. Especially when it may be the last time I do it. But I've got the squeegee, so maybe.....
I don't know about anyone else, but at 52, the older I get the more I think -- uh, pay someone ELSE to do this. But then I get to thinking about the last time some one else did it -- and I did a better job! That person just sprayed down liquid tar/asphalt on the driveway. Didn't fill cracks or clean beforehand. (In 2006 I paid 125.00 for that. I guess it's about 200.00 now, maybe)
Let's just say MY JOB was more detailed and precise.
I only need two buckets per coat...so it's pay someone else 200.00 for a job that may not be as particular as I'd like....or did it myself -- put the work in -- and for about 100.00 -- do it myself.....we'll see which side of my brain prevails
I paid 465 dollars for a 300 ft driveway to have it done with 2 parking pads and the guy will guarantee that price any time in the future and I did my own and was 54 when I did it a couple of years ago but never again .This guy comes in cleans and seals even the edges and called him for next spring and same price as before and it has been 2 years since it was done and really think it looks great after he does it .Plus for my driveway doing it myself took 30 of those buckets and really cost just about the same as having it done .
I may split the difference...and find a handyman to do just the squeegee part of it, the harder part with the buckets.
The PREP is not so bad...
I don't mind the cleaning of the edges, getting the grass away from the edges, filling the cracks and little divots...
That way I'll know the prep was done right -- and I'll feel like I have more control of the project and how it may turn out....and it may cost a little less.
I'll buy the product I want. All he'll have to do is charge me labor for that one day and part of the job.
i know this is an older post but got a laugh out of it nevertheless,,, if ANYONE thinks they can mix/stir stuff which has been sitting in inventory for months, have at it,,, next time use a TRUE 550rpm drill & mixing paddle,,, homeowners - gotta love 'em
if you hear it from an apron/vest store guy, be VERY skeptical
Long time no posts IRC. How's life?
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