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How to Apply Tarmac Restorer: A Step-by-Step Guide

Applying tarmac restorer is a great way to rejuvenate your driveway, extending its life and improving its appearance. This step-by-step guide will help you understand the process of applying tarmac restorer effectively. Whether you’re a homeowner or a property manager, this easy-to-follow guide will ensure your tarmac looks as good as new.

What is Tarmac Restorer?

Tarmac restorer is a specialized coating designed to revive and protect tarmac surfaces. Over time, tarmac can become worn, faded, and susceptible to damage from weather, oil spills, and general wear and tear. Applying a tarmac restorer adds a protective layer that enhances the surface’s durability and gives it a fresh, clean look.

Why Should You Apply Tarmac Restorer?

  1. Improved Appearance: Restorer gives your tarmac a fresh, new look.
  2. Enhanced Durability: Protects against weather and wear.
  3. Cost-Effective: Extends the life of your tarmac, delaying the need for replacement.
  4. Easy Maintenance: Makes future cleaning and maintenance easier.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Tarmac Restorer

Step 1: Prepare the Surface

Preparation is key to ensuring the tarmac restorer adheres properly and lasts longer.

1. Clean the Surface

  • Remove any debris, dirt, or loose materials using a broom or leaf blower.
  • Clean oil stains with a suitable degreaser and a stiff brush.
  • For moss or algae, use a fungicidal wash to kill and remove growth.

2. Repair Any Damage

  • Fill any cracks or potholes with tarmac filler.
  • Ensure the repairs are flush with the surrounding surface.
  • Allow the filler to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Rinse and Dry

  • Rinse the entire surface with water to remove any remaining dirt.
  • Allow the tarmac to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

Before you begin applying the tarmac restorer, ensure you have all the necessary materials:

  • Tarmac restorer
  • Paint roller or brush
  • Paint tray
  • Protective gloves
  • Masking tape (if needed)

Step 3: Apply the Tarmac Restorer

1. Mix the Restorer

  • Stir the tarmac restorer thoroughly to ensure even consistency.
  • Pour the restorer into a paint tray.

2. Start at the Edges

  • Using a brush, start applying the restorer around the edges of the tarmac surface. This ensures you cover hard-to-reach areas first.

3. Apply the Restorer to the Main Surface

  • Use a paint roller to apply the restorer to the larger areas of the tarmac.
  • Work in small sections to ensure even coverage.
  • Roll in one direction and then back over to avoid streaks and ensure even application.

4. Second Coat (if necessary)

  • Depending on the condition of your tarmac and the product’s instructions, you may need to apply a second coat.
  • Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second.

Step 4: Allow to Dry

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for drying times.
  • Typically, the tarmac restorer should be left to dry for at least 4-6 hours before light use.
  • Avoid heavy use for 24-48 hours to ensure the restorer cures properly.

Tips for Best Results

  1. Check Weather Conditions: Apply tarmac restorer on a dry day with no rain forecast for at least 24 hours.
  2. Temperature: Ensure the temperature is within the recommended range on the product label (usually above 10°C and below 25°C).
  3. Avoid Over-Application: Too much restorer can lead to a patchy finish. Follow the recommended coverage rates.
  4. Regular Maintenance: To maintain the appearance and durability, clean the tarmac regularly and reapply restorer as needed.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Inadequate Cleaning: Not cleaning the tarmac properly can prevent the restorer from adhering correctly.
  2. Ignoring Repairs: Applying restorer over damaged areas without repairing them first will lead to an uneven finish.
  3. Rushing the Process: Skipping drying times or applying too quickly can affect the final result.


Applying tarmac restorer is a straightforward process that can significantly enhance the look and durability of your driveway or other tarmac surfaces. With proper preparation and careful application, your tarmac can look new and be protected from future wear and tear.

For a quote on professional tarmac restoration, contact VIV Construct Group. VIV Construct Group is a local landscaping, new driveways, and block paving company covering the Cambridge, Newmarket, and Ely areas. Their experienced team can help you achieve the best results with your tarmac restoration project.