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Resurfacing a Driveway Apron

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    LESLIE: Michigan’s on the line with Jan who listens to The Money Pit on Discovery Radio Network. And you’re thinking about resurfacing a cement driveway. How can we help?

    JAN: OK, now from my asphalt driveway, I have a strip and an apron into my entrance of my garage.

    TOM: OK.

    JAN: And it’s very old and I’m wondering about a resurfacing product that is on the market. Would that renew it?

    TOM: Is it structurally intact? Is it broken up?

    JAN: No.

    TOM: OK, so you just want to kind of freshen it up then, is that right?

    JAN: Absolutely.

    TOM: Alright. Well then, what you can use is an epoxy paint or, if you have any cracks or anything like that, an epoxy patching compound graded for the exterior and that’s the only thing that’s going to stick to that old concrete apron. And before you do that, I’m going to recommend that you pressure wash it and then, of course, let it dry thoroughly; because it’s probably covered with algae or mildew or something like that. We want to get it clean; let it dry really well – a hot day would be great for this – and then, apply the epoxy paint because it bonds really super well to concrete. And it’ll even out the color and it’ll look really sharp when you’re done.

    JAN: OK. Now, I can blend that into the color of the asphalt and it would work well?

    TOM: Oh, I don’t know if you can blend it into the color of the asphalt. I mean you could make it the color of the asphalt. I mean if it’s paint you could treat it – what do you call? – dye it to be any color you want.

    LESLIE: Tint it.

    TOM: Tint it. Sorry, I’m struggling for the word. Yes, you could tint it …

    LESLIE: (overlapping voices) That’s OK. I’m with you.

    TOM: You’re with me. I knew you were there. You could tint it for any color you want. I don’t know that you would want to make it look like asphalt because that would be unusual. If it was me, I would make it look like new concrete.

    Jan, thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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