Unlike a tarmac paint that just disguises the unwelcome deterioration of tarmac, Tarmaseal also helps to repair and protect tarmac. Tarmaseal achieves this by soaking protective resins back into the tarmac, helping reduce surface fretting, potholes, cracking and future loss of colour.
Easy to apply by roller or brush, Tarmaseal is the perfect DIY product. Importantly, Tarmaseal is absorbed into the tarmac, rather than sitting on the surface like a paint. This means the original texture of the surface is retained, it just looks great, like newly laid tarmac!
It’s not a cheap tarmac paint
When a comprehensive refurbishment or restoration of tarmac is being considered, an essential concluding part of the process should be the application of some form of protective coating sealer or paint. Tarmaseal™ is a hard wearing durable coating that unlike a conventional tarmac paint, soaks into the substrate and replaces the vital oils and resins that initially bind new tarmac together.
With its unique formulation of acrylic polymers and UV resistant liquid pigments, Tarmaseal™ is the most effective and hard wearing alternative to a standard tarmac paint available today. The technologically advanced Tarmaseal™ formula seals, coats and protects any bitumen based material. In contrast, a conventional tarmac paint is almost exclusively based on the dated process of mixing silica sand or low grade textured minerals with water and bitumen to create a fluid with similar characteristics and viscosity of paint.
Tarmaseal vs “Paint”
For example, cosmetically, both a paint and Tarmaseal™ will initially turn the tarmac back to its original colour. However, applying a normal paint-based product will significantly change the surface finish and greatly reduce the original textured appearance of the tarmac. This will not only reduce the visual appearance of the surface but can also significantly increase the slip hazard during inclement or freezing weather.
When researching which type and make of tarmac coating to apply, the ease of future application of the surface coating should be a significant consideration. Tarmaseal’s formulation enables cross-linking to occur so that new coats of sealer will bond and adhere correctly to previous applications. As a result, this avoids the need for stripping any remnants of the previous coating that might be still present. Trying to remove previously applied materials could prove difficult, time-consuming and expensive. If removal is attempted using a powerful pressure washer damage to the surface might also occur.
Tarmaseal soaks into the surface
The difference between these two types of products is significant. That is to say that a basic tarmac paint is ostensibly ‘topical’. This means it is primarily sitting on the surface. Long-term this type of material provides limited protection against surface wear and extremities of weather. Furthermore, that type of product is also prone to peeling, fading and accelerated wear. Because it contains no oils, resins or water resistant polymers it also does little to increase moisture penetration. Moisture penetration alone is a major cause of accelerated deterioration to any tarmac based surface and its foundation.
The application of Tarmaseal™ will provide a range of benefits including:
- The UV-resistant formula will restore the original colour
- Abrasion and impact resistant
- Saves money by avoiding the need to replace a tarmac surface
- Significantly extends the lifespan of a tarmac surface (driveway, car park, tennis court etc)
- Harder wearing than tarmac driveway paint alternatives
- Provides resistance to oil leaks and fuel spillages
- Inhibits the growth of weeds, algae and green growth
- Makes tarmac and asphalt more flexible reducing the risk of cracking and surface degradation
- Will restore the original colour of a tarmac or asphalt surface (available in black, red and green)
Importantly, Tarmaseal™ contains liquid pigment and polymers and is a single component material with no sediment. Therefore, this enables it to be easily mixed just by shaking the container thoroughly before and during use. For people trying to use the product, this is far easier than trying to mix its sand or mineral based alternative, that frequently requires the aid of a plasterers ‘paddle’ and drill to be blended correctly. In addition, Tarmaseal™ is also very easy to apply by either brush, roller or for large commercial areas an airless paint sprayer.
FAR SUPERIOR TO A CHEAP TARMAC PAINT
Tarmaseal gives protection which will last for years
Tarmaseal™ is designed for application on areas that experience light to medium amounts of vehicular traffic. As you would expect there is a direct correlation between usage and lifespan. To clarify, in areas of minimal or no vehicle use the overall protection Tarmaseal™ provides will last for many years. To keep an average driveway or lightly used parking area in optimum condition a top-up coat every 2 to 3 years is recommended.
If used as part of a tarmac restoration project, then an application of Tarmaseal™ will provide several significant benefits. Aesthetically Tarmaseal™ will seamlessly blend the original areas in with the new. This is very important if repairing potholes is part of the restoration process. However skilfully and sympathetically the tarmac repair has been carried out, it will prove virtually impossible to match the old sun bleached areas in with new. Certainly, Tarmaseal™ is the ideal coating for blending extended freshly laid areas into an old existing surface. Additionally, where building work has been recently carried out leaving residue from various building materials on the surface, Tarmaseal™ is highly effective at masking these stains and marks.
Oil stain removal or disguise?
If your driveway or car park has unfortunately suffered from any kind of oil stain they can prove to be very difficult to remove. It is extremely unlikely that a successful method of stain removal will be found. At best the bulk of the oil may be extracted or neutralised on the surface but a residual stain or shadow will remain. In this kind of scenario, Tarmaseal™ is the ideal product to apply to once again create a uniform finish and effectively disguise the remaining marks. The difference financially between having to replace the complete surface or simply applying a coating could be huge. In many circumstances, if the tarmac is relatively new or in good condition, only one coat might be required to completely transform its appearance and create a uniform finish.
Two coats are recommended in the majority of applications
When you are thinking about using a tarmac paint, curing times should be a consideration regarding the viability of its use in either commercial and sometimes even domestic areas. Generally, it is recommended to apply two coats of Tarmaseal™. To very old, ‘dry’ surfaces where the level of the original protective oils and resins has effectively totally disappeared 3 or more coats would certainly be beneficial. The overall drying time of the tarmac sealer and the time between coats will be dictated to a degree by the prevailing temperatures on the day it is applied. But for example, it is best to allow around 2 hours between coats and a little bit more in cool conditions.
Once the application of the superior tarmac paint has been completed, foot traffic is permitted after approximately 2 hours, with vehicle traffic after 24 hours. The main reason for restricting vehicle use is that warm tyres running over the surface before the coating has fully cured can lead to peeling and de-lamination.
Furthermore, when tarmac ages, it becomes more and more vulnerable to the infestation of algae and green growth. As a result, this means the green growth, in particular, is likely to attach itself stubbornly to the recesses within the texture of the surface making removal and prevention sometimes challenging. By re-introducing the water and weather resistance back into the surface Tarmaseal™ will help prevent green growth and algae growth and when it does eventually occur make it far easier to remove.
Tarmaseal gives new life to Tennis Courts!
Tarmaseal™ is mostly used as a quality alternative to a basic driveway “paint” and also for repairs as a tarmac repair “paint.” In addition, when it comes to sports surfaces and tennis courts Tarmaseal™ is the perfect way to breathe new life into tired looking surfaces. As a standard, we produce our version of a tarmac paint in Black, Green and two shades of Red. In the past, we have toll blended to order several shades of blue and various other colours. If you require a colour unique to yourself for any kind of project please get in touch, we are sure we can help.