hot or cold crack sealer?

Discussion in 'Seal Coating Forum' started by ZOMBIE, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. ZOMBIE

    ZOMBIE LawnSite Member
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    Wondering if anyone can tell me what benefits there are to using hot crack sealer over cold. I'd like to just buy a diaphragm pump with an air compressor and use it to spray both the cold crack sealer and the driveway sealer but I'm not sure if the cold stuff holds up as well.

    I was also wondering if I could just use a propane fired outdoor cooker to melt the hot crack filler or if I would need something a little heavier to do the job? I have zero experience with the stuff so I'd like to get a bit of instruction before I go all the way with it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya definitely don't even think about the cold stuff, unless you have something better than what I used, because I tried over 10+ different products and they are all garbage. Hot crack sealer any day.
     
  3. ZOMBIE

    ZOMBIE LawnSite Member
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    What are you using to melt it down, a guy that used to work at a sealer dealer told me to just use a propane burner and not to bother spending 2k on a melter applicator, I just don't know if my outdoor propane cooker is enough to melt the stuff or if I need a bigger burner. What do you think?
     
  4. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ya if you want to be a redneck use a barbecue to heat it up lol. Or be a professional and buy yourself the machine that does all that for you, way more efficient, only cost me 1.5k
     
  5. ZOMBIE

    ZOMBIE LawnSite Member
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    lol, I guess if it'll work i'll do the redneck thing for now, hopefully it'll not be long before I can justify spending enough to keep myself from looking like an ass. Do you have any recommendations on equipment for cracksealing or sealcoating?

    Another question for ya, do you use sand for either a base filler before you crack fill or spread it on after to keep it from getting tracked?
     
  6. JFGauvreau

    JFGauvreau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm not sure where you are located, but search around on the internet for sealing companies.

    You definitively don't want to put sand down before sealing the cracks since the sealer does not bond to sand. Just make sure the crack is clean before sealing it, then I add a black beauty, a black sand on top of it to prevent tracking with car tires.
     
  7. E&IAsphaltMaintenance

    E&IAsphaltMaintenance LawnSite Member
    from NWI
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    I do both I have a Hot crack fill machine and if the customer dont want that. I use brewer cote tough stuff.
     
  8. TheAsphaltGuy

    TheAsphaltGuy LawnSite Member
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    We did the same for a while but there was no market interest any more

    If you have help we prefer 10gal melter in the bed of the truck 1 guy on pour pot and 1 on the squeegee(for residential of course)

    Seal-rite.com had the cheapest price this spring when we bought a new melter for the residential truck.
     
  9. E&IAsphaltMaintenance

    E&IAsphaltMaintenance LawnSite Member
    from NWI
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    I have a walk behind 10 gal melter.. I may get a another one.
     

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