OIL BASED SEALER IS ILLEGAL IN NJ.......
GILSONITE: (ILLEGAL FOR SALE / APPLICATION IN NEW JERSEY) ALWAYS STAYS SHINY LOOKS AWFUL.
Gilsonite is a naturally occurring asphalt cut back that is used to rejuvenate old, gray, dry, oxidized asphalt. In New Jersey it is not a V.O.C Compliant product and is ILLEGAL to be applied to any asphalt surface. It is purchased from distributors in NJ and DE and then trucked back into NJ and applied to unsuspecting homeowners' driveways. They are legal to be used in Pennsylvania and Delaware, however, they offer the homeowner little to no benefit and could even “destroy” your driveway. The disadvantages of gilsonite are listed below:
Illegal for sale /application in NJ. Fly-By-Night contractors purchase the material from out of state and then apply it to driveways in NJ. The homeowner themselves could be liable is the E.P.A is notified of their use.
Gilsonite can only be applied by spray (See Picture Below) and is an asphalt cut-back which is used to rejuvenate old, oxidized asphalt. If it is applied over a driveway which has been seal coated before it will track into your house.
Most contractors due to the high cost of the gilsonite, “dilute” the product with kerosene, paint thinner, toluene etc., all which are petroleum distillates. Besides making your driveway a “bomb ready to ignite” which the volatiles flash out of the product, the petroleum distillates can actually destroy your driveway. REMEMBER: Seal coating is designed to keep these substances out of your asphalt, not penetrate them into it.
Gilsonite can be easily recognized because it is “jet black” in color and very shiny like oil-based paint. If you notice a contractor going door-to-door trying to sell the application, simply call the police and report them for soliciting without a permit.