What size area will a litre of TARMASEAL cover?
This will depend on the age, porosity, texture and general condition of the Tarmac. A relevant factor will also be how Tarmaseal is applied, the normal rate of coverage that can be expected is between 2 and 3 m² per litre when applying a two coat application. Therefore if applied by a roller a 20ltr container is likely to cover between 40 – 60m².
How long do I need to leave between coats?
In most conditions that are suitable for application of Tarmaseal it will be touch dry within two hours and the second coat can be applied. However if conditions are cool or slightly damp, this time frame could be extended.
How long before I can re-use my driveway?
For vehicle use we would recommend a minimum of 24 hours, it is generally suitable for foot traffic in approx 4 hours.
What weather conditions can TARMASEAL be applied in?
We would recommend totally dry conditions, with temperatures of 10° C or higher. Tarmaseal can be applied in slightly lower temperatures, but lower temperatures will extend the drying times.Be warned that if rains falls on Tarmaseal before it is fully dry, the area will probably need to be re-coated.
If I want to keep my tarmac looking like new can TARMASEAL be applied every year?
Yes, regular applications maybe every 2-3 years will keep the Tarmac in excellent condition. Also if Tarmaseal is re-applied regularly, subsequent coats will require a lot less material.
Does the existing tarmac have to be in good condition?
No. Tarmaseal will improve any Tarmac driveway, but it will only uniform and transform the colour, it will not improve the actual structure of the Tarmac. In other words if the surface is ‘breaking up’ with a lot of cracks and holes appearing, it probably needs totally re-surfacing.
Can TARMASEAL be applied on partially damp surfaces?
We would always recommend application to dry surfaces although a little damp will not be a problem if does not affect the overall drying process. In reference to aesthetics, adhesion or product performance it is not a problem
My drive has oil stains, is this a problem?
Oil contaminants could lead to a poor bond between TARMASEAL and the driveway, we would certainly recommend a treatment with our Oil remover which is specifically designed to be used on Tarmac.
Do I have to pre-treat with a moss remover?
No, but if there is moss or algae growth present it is recommended, we can supply you with an effective moss remover if required.
Is TARMASEAL dangerous to pets or children etc?
No, Tarmaseal is a water based product which containd no dangerous chemicals.It will not harm pets and as it dries quickly, animals walking on the surface and then licking their paws is not a concern. However we do recommend children and pets do not walk on the surface until it is totally dry.
Can it be applied on plain concrete?
Yes. The concrete must be totally clean and dry prior to application.To achieve a uniform finish several coats maybe required.
Do I have to use a roller to apply TARMASEAL?
No, but a roller is the easiest way, especially for larger areas, for small areas a paint brush or soft broom could be used.
Does the material need to be mixed or stirred?
Yes. Tarmaseal is a combination of resins, pigment, a slip enhancing additive and other materials. These ingredients can settle at the bottom of the drum, this makes it important to thoroughly mix the material to ensure that all material is mixed from the bottom of the container in order to get best results from the product. Tarmaseal can be stirred with a stiff stick or a broom handle (for the 20ltr containers). Alternatively a mixing paddle attached to an electric drill is much quicker and easier.
How long will TARMASEAL last once applied?
Tarmaseal is highly durable, but as with all external products, it does not have a indefinite lifespan. The highest exposed aggregate parts of the surface will wear first, although wear to these areas is seldom noticed and will not detract from the excellent transformation that Tarmaseal makes to a old tired looking driveway.
Generally an area that receives little vehicular use will last indefinitely. A ‘standard’ driveway, with maybe one car or two cars on and off once a day, is likely to look virtually the same for at least three or more years. Of course a driveway that’s used a lot more may show some signs of wear after couple of years, however the tarmac will still look much better and a vast improvement on its condition prior to the original application of Tarmaseal!
I recently applied TARMASEAL to my drive & now there are tyre marks already on it
Don’t worry! this happens on all driveways regardless of surface. After a while it will all weather in uniformly and you will not notice the tyre marks.
If it rains before TARMASEAL is fully dry, what will happen?
Dependent on how hard it rains, and how close the Tarmaseal is to being fully dry, the worst case scenario is that the product will be literally washed away. If partially dry you may be left with a patchy milky white residue on the surface. In both cases the Tarmac will probably have to be recoated when the surface is fully dry to obtain a uniform acceptable finish.
Does the tarmac have to cleaned with a jet wash before applying TARMASEAL?
No, but for the best possible results your driveway does need to be as clean as possible. You can use a stiff broom and a hosepipe, but a pressure washer will make the job far easier.
Can TARMASEAL be applied to poorly laid new tarmac?
Yes, but we would advise that new tarmac is left for at least 30 days before Tarmaseal is applied. Also check that all oily residue has disappeared from the Tarmac as this may lessen the bond between the products.