Do it yourself concrete driveway coatings

Updated February 21, 2017

Concrete is a frequently used material for driveways because it is durable and relatively inexpensive. The exposure of the concrete surface to the weather, however, often leads to cracks and pitting. Coating the surface of the driveway to hide these cracks and abrasions can be done relatively easily with a polymer-based cement resurfacer.

Cut the tip of a tube of concrete-repair caulk at a 45-degree angle with a utility knife.

Insert the tube of caulk into a caulking gun and apply a thick bead of caulk into cracks wider than 1/2 inch.

Smooth over the caulk with a putty knife so that it is even with the surface of the pre-existing concrete.

Pour the entire bag of concrete resurfacer, as well as 2 1/2 quarts of clean tap water, into a 5-gallon plastic bucket and mix with the drill motor for two full minutes.

Pour the resurfacer over the concrete surface and spread quickly with a flat steel trowel. Aim for a uniform 3/4-inch thickness.

Texture the surface by sweeping a moist broom over the still-wet concrete resurfacer.

Let the driveway dry fully for 24 hours before using.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete-repair caulk
  • Utility Knife
  • Caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Water
  • Polymer-based cement resurfacer (20-pound bag)
  • 650-rpm, 1/2-inch drill motor with mixing paddle
  • Flat steel trowel
  • Push broom
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