How to Address a Stubborn Oil Spot on Your Asphalt Driveway


Last Updated on February 28, 2024

Dealing with a substantial oil stain on your asphalt driveway can be a challenging task. Asphalt, a material known for its durability and resilience, unfortunately, isn’t immune to the damages caused by oil spills. Understanding the nature of these stains and the best ways to tackle them can save your driveway from long-term damage. Let’s dive into what can be done when you’re faced with this common yet frustrating issue.

The Impact of Oil on Asphalt

When oil drips onto asphalt, it doesn’t just sit on the surface; it penetrates and starts to dissolve the binder that holds the asphalt together. This action undermines the integrity of the asphalt, leading to a range of potential problems. While you can clean some of the oil off the surface, a significant portion will have soaked in, already causing damage beneath the visible layer.

Dealing with Minor and Major Oil Spots

The approach to dealing with oil spots on your driveway depends largely on the severity of the stain:

Minor Spots

  • Ignore or Seal: Small, superficial spots might not necessitate immediate action. If they aren’t causing significant aesthetic or structural issues, you might choose to simply ignore them. Alternatively, sealing these minor spots can be a temporary fix, preventing further penetration of oil into the asphalt.

Severe Spots

  • Replacement: For larger, more severe oil spots, the most effective solution is often to replace the affected asphalt. This might seem drastic, but it’s a necessary step to maintain the overall health and appearance of your driveway.
  • Challenges with Sealers: It’s important to note that most sealers struggle to adhere to oily surfaces. Although oil spot primers can offer some assistance, they are not a foolproof solution. An oil-stained area is likely to remain a weak point, potentially causing the sealer to peel or allowing oil to seep through over time.

Choosing the Right Products and Services

Selecting the right products and services is crucial when addressing oil spots on your driveway. The effectiveness of different sealers can vary, especially when dealing with oil stains. At Top Job, we understand this challenge and are committed to using only high-quality products. This commitment ensures that you get the best possible results, tailored to both your specific needs and the condition of your pavement.


Dealing with oil spots on an asphalt driveway requires a thoughtful approach. Whether you choose to seal minor spots or replace sections of your driveway for more severe stains, the key is to act promptly and use the right products. Remember, a well-maintained driveway not only enhances the curb appeal of your home but also extends the life of the asphalt.

For personalized advice and professional services, consider reaching out to experts like Top Job, who can guide you through the process and ensure your driveway remains in top condition.


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