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How to Resurface your Driveway

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How to Resurface your Driveway

How to Resurface your Driveway    Photo by CSessums

Now that the ice is melting away and you can finally see the damage winter has wreaked on your driveway, it might be time to tackle those cracks and potholes that seem to get worse each year.

The task might sound daunting, but turns out, resurfacing your cracked concrete driveway is a great DIY project. Follow these simple steps and you’ll learn how to resurface your driveway in no time.

How to resurface your driveway

  1. Clean out the cracks. It’s worth your while to spend some extra time clearing out the existing cracks. Use a pressure washer to grind out debris, and try to clear out each crack all the way down to the bottom of the slab.
  2. Bond it. Use a concrete epoxy crack repair product to bond any cracked or broken slabs together. If you skip this step, the cracks will show through the new surface you’re going to apply. This may take an extra day or two in order to allow the epoxy to set, but you’ll be happy you did it. Choose your epoxy based on the depth, width, and cleanliness of the cracks.
  3. Apply cement paint. Cement paint is an age-old trick to get the stucco to bond to the existing cement driveway. Mix pure cement with water until you get the consistency of paint. Spritz your entire driveway with water before applying the cement paint.
  4. Apply Stucco. Apply a thin layer of cement stucco to the driveway immediately following the cement paint application.
  5. Seal the deal. Use a magnesium float to finish the stucco, or, if you prefer a more linear pattern, apply a broom finish. Applying a broom finish can be tricky, as you’ll want to make sure the stucco has had exactly the right amount of drying time. If the stucco is too wet, you’ll have a giant mess, and if it’s too dry, the broom’s bristles won’t make an impression.

Check out your local home improvement store to learn more. While this can certainly be knocked out in a weekend with the help of some friends and pizza, it’s important to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Some home improvement stores offer classes for projects like this, and might be worth checking out.

Now that you know how to resurface your driveway, are there other DIY projects you’re curious about? Post them in the comments and your DIY project could be featured on The News Wheel.