Once your asphalt driveway has been freshly sealed, there are several things you should be aware of for the first couple of weeks until the sealer fully cures.
1) Tire Tracking
Caution should be taken when making tight or sharp turns on your freshly sealed driveway. If you wind up causing tire tracking there’s not a lot you can do to fix it. Unfortunately, only time and a little oxidization will make these disappear.
2) Power Steering Scuffs
Power steering scuffs are caused by turning your steering wheel while your vehicle is sitting in place. If turning around in your driveway is absolutely necessary, try and keep the vehicle moving at all times while you’re turning the steering wheel avoiding tight turns and moving forward and backwards until you’re turned around. Over time, power steering scuffs will disappear but you may be able to see them just slightly.
3) Construction Equipment
If your driveway has been sealed recently and you plan on doing any work on your property which requires any heavy construction equipment or heavy concrete mixer trucks, they should avoid driving on your freshly sealed asphalt. If it's an absolute must, don't allow them to turn on the asphalt.
4) Oil Spills
Oil spills are exactly what the new sealer is there for... to protect the asphalt. As long as oil spills are cleaned up soon after oil has leaked or spilled onto the asphalt, your new sealer may have minor staining, but should be fine.
5) Fuel Spills
Fuel spills like regular unleaded gasoline may cause minor damage to the new asphalt sealer but will not damage the asphalt beneath it immediately. It would take some time to sit on there to actually cause any severe damage. But you’ll want to try and clean them up as quickly as possible. On the other hand diesel fuel on your new asphalt sealer is a completely different story. Not only will diesel fuel cause damage to the sealer, but will also permanently damage the asphalt itself.
6) Citrus Based Cleaners
Spilling any type of citrus based cleaners will damage the asphalt sealer. Avoid spilling citrus based cleaners at all costs.
7) Moving Vans
On more than one occasion we’ve seen moving vans completely destroy a freshly sealed asphalt driveway. Avoid allowing moving vans on your driveway if at all possible.
8) Trash Collection Trucks
Trash trucks turning around in yor driveway will strip the sealer off of the asphalt. Not only that but trash trucks are are extremely heavy and can destroy even 6” thick parking lots. DON’T LET THEM ON YOUR ASPHALT DRIVEWAY!
A lot of times we find the unethical, "fly by night" rip off contractors won't even call you back if you have problems with your new driveway sealer. The bottom line is they don't care about you or their reputation. We find a lot of contractors will promise people over and over to come back and fix things, but then never show up. They put homeowners off until the warranty has run out or you stop calling them. Don't let this happen to you. Avoid asphalt sealing scams and see our report on “The Most Common Ways Asphalt Repair, Maintenance and Sealcoating Contractors Rip Us Off and How To Avoid Them” before you hire a contractor.