As temperatures are heating up, a common question we receive is how to remove tire marks. First, one has to understand why the tire marks are happening. Here are the top reasons we see for getting tire marks on a sealed surface:
1. Sealer did not cure properly due to over-application
2. Sealer applied to a non-porous or previously sealed surface
3. Moisture present when sealer applied
The first step to removing tire marks is to prevent them! Surebond recommends reading the application instructions carefully before applying Surebond hardscape sealers and only apply during the correct temperatures and to clean, dry, unsealed or porous surfaces. Sealer should always absorb in to the surface and not be allowed to puddle. Remove excess sealer from the surface with a double foam squeegee. It is important to remove excess sealer especially in high temps because the water in the sealer can flash out, meaning it evaporates and leaves behind solvents on the surface. These solvents can be sticky and when you drive across a hot sticky surface with hot rubber tires you can imagine the outcome (see above photo). A properly sealed surface is MUCH easier to clean and most times prevents the tire marks from happening at all.
Past the application stage and dealing with the removal part? Typically, the tire marks can be easily removed with just plain water and a medium bristled broom with minimal scrubbing. In some instances you might need to use a degreaser such as SB-442 General Stain Remover to help lift the tire mark. The most important factor is that the surface needs to be tack-free before it should be cleaned. Two reasons why…the first is that if it is still tacky, the tire marks will just reappear after driving on it again. The second is the tire marks will not come up easily and you will have to scrub pretty aggressively.
As the inventor of joint stabilizing sealer, SUREBOND remains an industry leader in the field of architectural landscape products with a full line of adhesives, sealers and cleaners.