Is It Better to Spray or Brush Driveway Sealer? 

 June 25, 2022

By  Dale Keese

Brushing and spraying are the two techniques most commonly used for applying driveway sealer. Among the two, which one is better?

Spraying driveway sealer is more time efficient and ensures an even finish. On the other hand, brushing sealer is ideal for filling cracks and holes because more pressure is used, though it requires more time. Depending on the purpose of your seal, one may be better than the other.

There are other things to know when deciding which application technique to choose. Read on below to learn more.

Driveway Sealer: Spray vs Brush

Driveway sealers are used for various purposes, but the number 1 reason it’s applied is to protect the asphalt.

Given that, one can choose from either brushing or spraying driveway sealer. To decide on which method works best, learn about how brushing and spraying work.

How Does Spraying Driveway Sealant Work?

Spraying sealant involves the use of a high-pressure sprayer for fast, efficient, and uniform application on the asphalt. The use of a sprayer helps ensure that there is an increased amount of solid sealer on the surface while saving time and ensuring a good-looking finish.

Spraying driveway sealer is recommended for general top coat sealing or to give asphalt a beautiful finish,

How Does Brushing Driveway Sealant Work?

Brushing driveway sealer requires the use of a squeegee brush which moves sealer around, relying on manual work for even application. By its nature, brush application can leave uneven amounts of sealer or cause streaks though this can be corrected by reapplying sealer with a sprayer afterwards. It takes more time to manually apply sealer evenly using the brushing method.

However, the squeegee brush uses more pressure to apply sealant on the driveway surface which makes it suitable for filling in cracks, holes, or voids on the surface. As a result, you get a smoother driveway. It must also be noted that another caveat with using the brush technique on a rough, coarse surface is running the risk of applying too much sealer, which makes it difficult to control how fast the sealer spreads.


Depending on the reason you’re applying sealer, brushing or sealing may work best. For a general sealcoat application, spraying is better though brushing sealer is recommended for covering up holes and voids.

About the author

Hey, I'm Dale Keese.. thanks for reading.. hopefully this article can save you some time and trouble with your sealing job. I'm also in the process of making some video walk-throughs for youtube so check back soon! thanks

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