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Cathy1

07:49AM | 02/16/02
Member Since: 02/15/02
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I recently installed a brick driveway. It looked really nice when it was finished, but now that it is being used, I have black tire marks on it. What can I use to get the marks off and how can I keep the driveway looking nice?

Jay J

02:37PM | 02/16/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Catherine,

See your post and followups at The FixItForEm.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

Cathy1

05:56AM | 02/17/02
Member Since: 02/15/02
2 lifetime posts
Thanks for your thoughts, Jay J. I am still wondering if I can seal the driveway with something, after I scrub.

All the best,


Jay J

11:31AM | 02/17/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Cathy1,

Well, let me put it to you this way - Brick is a material that wants to breath. With that, it will 'absorbe' whatever is spilled on it. That includes oil, transmission fluid, radiator fluid, and anything else imaginable that can drip out of a car.

Yes, you could seal it but I guarantee you that you won't like it. After a while, it may start to 'peel'. After a while, it will wear off the places where the tires do the most 'wearing' of the sealer (on the brick.) After a while, moisture will get trapped and the sealer sill start hazing and blistering and peeling and so on. PLUS, you now have an 'ugly' driveway that USE to be maintenance-free and will now require regular maintenance.

As I said in my original reply (on the other BBS), driveways are not where we entertain our guests, eat our meals, or sleep at night. THey're meant to park our cars on. You might want to consider finding a good-sized sheet of metal that you can 'bend up' a little on all 4 sides in order to create a 'pan' to catch whatever gets dripped by your car. Of course, if you have 2 cars, you'll want 2 pans. (Then, what are you going to do about your 'guests' cars???) I have to admit that brick driveways LOOK nice, REAL nice. But that's about where it ends. I know you have a brick driveway, and you love it, and you want to keep it looking nice, but at the same time, you have to realize what it's being used for. Thats' why brick makes a MUCH more pleasing building material for walls.

The Home Centers do sell cleaners for brick. And when you do clean your 'spots', you'll want to clean the ENTIRE driveway. Otherwise, you'll see the 'clean spots'.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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