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How to coat your asphalt driveway

How to coat your asphalt driveway

Protective coating of asphalt driveways using abe.cote SF 356

An asphalt driveway offers a variety of benefits such as holding up better in extreme weather conditions, easy to repair, maintains appearance and elegance for a long time due to its dark colour.  The initial cost of installing an asphalt driveway is cheaper than cement and offers a smooth and quiet driving surface, however sealing is an important aspect of maintaining your asphalt driveway.

1)   abe.cote SF 356 available in 2 litre and 5 litre two part kits

2)  a.b.e. super brush cleaner (available in 1 litre and 5 litre units – used for cleaning of equipment)

3)  a.b.e. Silica Sand No 1 coarse (used for slip-resistant surface if required and mortar for small surface repairs)

GOOD TO KNOW:

The product is initially shiny but eventually dulls to a matt black which is easy to clean, resists oil and many other substances which are potentially damaging to normal asphalt.

HERE’S HOW:

Preparation

  • With new asphalt – simply ensure surface is clean with no contamination
  • With old asphalt – first clean by high pressure washing and simultaneously rinse off thoroughly with plenty of clean water.
  • Allow to dry completely.

Small surface repairs using abe.cote SF 356 mortar (not larger than 300 x 200mm and 20mm deep)

Prepare mortar mix using a 2 litre kit of abe.cote SF 356 and 7 to 8 litres or +/- 13kg of a.b.e. silica sand No 1 (approx. half of the 25kg bag)

 

(Note: Thoroughly pre-stir the abe.cote SF 356 base and activator components separately, before blending them together. Never use the same mixing paddle when stirring the base and activator individually.)

 

  • Mix the abe.cote SF 356 base and activator thoroughly for 5 minutes using a flat mixing paddle

 

  • Introduce the clean dry silica sand and blend in until thoroughly wetted out.

The desired outcome would be a stiff, yet workable and trowel compactable repair mortar (this mixture would yield approximately 6,7 litres and would be enough to repair 4 number 200mm x 300mm size holes of approximately 25mm deep)

  • Once all holes have been filled, allow to cure for approximately 12 hours (timing is temperature dependant). After this proceed with coating the entire driveway.

GOOD TO KNOW:

The product is initially shiny but eventually dulls to a matt black which is easy to clean, resists oil and many other substances which are potentially damaging to normal asphalt.

Coating Asphalt driveway

  • Mix abe.cote SF 356 for 5 minutes as before (but no addition of sand this time).

(Note: Thoroughly pre-stir the abe.cote SF 356 base and activator components separately, before blending them together. Never use the same mixing paddle when stirring the base and activator individually.)

 

  • After the base and activator have been mixed together pour the product into several paint trays to reduce bulk volume and thereby avoid exotherm (heat generation and accelerated setting).

 

  • Then immediately spread, roll out onto surface using squeegee or roller.

 

  • Spread rate and consumption will vary depending on surface profile and thickness desired (approximately 0,5 to 1,0 litre /m2 consumption is average).

 

  • If a slip-resistant surface is preferred, this can be obtained by broadcasting a dry silica grit of desired coarseness into the still wet coating.

 

  • When working on asphalt surfaces never dilute the abe.cote SF 356.

 

  • Driveways longer than 6 m would require a separation break in coating continuity at maximum every 6 metres centres. This break can be as narrow as a 6 mm wide strip.

 

  • Protect coated surface from traffic and allow curing for 3 days.

 

  • Curing of the surface at 25 °C normally could have foot traffic after 24 hours, vehicle traffic after 3 days, and full cure is reached at 7 days.
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GOOD TO KNOW:

Ensure the product data sheet is carefully read through for other information.

All calculations are provided as a guide only; quantities may vary depending upon the surface profile and texture.