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Fixing It Up: A Guide to Repairing Your Resin Driveway

Your resin driveway, once a source of pride and practicality, might now show signs of wear and tear. But before you despair, let consider the followings:



Identifying the Issue:

The first step is diagnosing the problem. Here are some common issues and their telltale signs:

  • Loose Stones: This appears as individual stones becoming dislodged from the resin binder. Caused by a low quality Resin or a solvent being splashed onto the surface before it properly cures.

  • Cracks: These can be thin hairline cracks or larger fissures. Cause by movement in the ground below the Resin Bound stone layer.

  • Fading: Over time, your driveway’s vibrant colors might become dull. This is a natural process that happen after a year or so where the shiny resin is worn off leaving the natural surface of the stones.

  • Weeds Pushing Through: The resin surface might not completely prevent weed growth. In fact leaving vegetation grow will not only cause cracks and loose stones it will also invalidate your grinter, you have to wash your drive at least 1 a year!



Gathering the Essentials:

Once you’ve identified the problem, you’ll need the right tools and materials:

  • Safety gear: Gloves, safety glasses, and dust masks are essential for protection.

  • Cleaning supplies: A broom, washing-up liquid, and lukewarm water for general cleaning.

  • Repair materials: This depends on the issue, but may include:

    • Resin binder (polyurethane resin specifically for RBS): Matched to your existing driveway for small cracks and loose stones.

    • Resin aggregate: Matching stones for filling in larger cracks and missing areas. Note that the stones are natural and slight changes in colour is caused by the exaction of a different boulder from the source quarry site. It is very unlikely you will match the colour exactly. Also the stone will have different times of weathering and if the same batch of stone was used 2 years later the colour would still be different

    • Weed killer: Choose an environmentally friendly option suitable for resin surfaces. all weed killers are bad for the environment – they are made to kill the natural plants in your area

    • Sealer (optional): For additional protection against fading and weather damage. Once your surface has been cleaned then a rejuvenation polyurethane resin can be painted on to give it that shiny look which will last until it wears off again


Step-by-Step Repair Guide:

1. Prepping the Area:

  • Clean the affected area: Thoroughly sweep away debris and dirt.

  • For loose stones: Gently press them back into place if possible. This is just temporary as they will wiggle loose very quickly

  • For cracks: Use a wire brush to clear out any loose debris from the crack. Cracks smaller than 2mm are too small to insert the RBS so cracks have to be chipped our bigger

2. Addressing Specific Issues:

  • Loose Stones: If stones are too loose to re-embed, remove them and fill the space with fresh resin binder and matching aggregate. Apply gentle pressure and allow it to cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Cracks: For small cracks, (less than 2mm) you won’t be able to fill them with matching resin binder using a small trowel. For larger cracks, you might need to create a V-shaped channel first, then fill it with resin binder and aggregate.

  • Fading: While not technically a “repair,” consider applying a UV-resistant resin sealer to prevent further fading and enhance the colour.

  • Weeds: Apply an Eco-friendly weed killer specifically designed for use on resin surfaces, (do you know if this exists?) following the product’s instructions carefully.

Additional Tips:

  • Work in small sections: This ensures better control and avoids overwhelming yourself. note that you will only have 6min to apply the mixed RBS at 32oC and 20min at 20oC before the RBS mixture gets un trowlable 

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions: This applies to both the resin binder and any other materials you use.

  • Seek professional help for extensive damage: If the damage is significant or beyond your comfort level, consider consulting a professional for repair.

Remember: With a little care and attention, you can breathe new life into your resin driveway. By following these steps and using the right materials, you can keep your driveway looking its best for years to come.

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