Help & Instructions
BD Loops Sand Trick
Many installers have had customers who installed an expensive decorative driveway and need loops for their gate system. The customer is understandably frustrated at the prospect of saw-cut tattoos in their stamped concrete, but there is really little choice when it comes to protecting the gate system. You can help alleviate a bit of their frustration, by using this sand trick to help camouflage the saw-cut tattoo.
This sand technique is ideal for situations where you are forced to cut into prettier surfaces such as stamped concrete, stamped asphalt, fresh concrete, pavers, or any application where the driveway appearance is important to the customer.
Most installers (understandably) focus on getting the system working properly and over look the cosmetic appearance of their work. Since loop sealant is not readily available in a wide assortment of colors you will never be able to easily match sealant to the surface of colored stamped concrete or other decorative surfaces.
Many customers, especially home owners care a great deal about how their driveway looks after the work is done and would not be thrilled at the idea of using black, gray, or white loop sealant in their decorative driveway. Installers who are sensitive to the desires of their customers can go above and beyond by using this sand technique. This trick will make your work stand out, and will help your customer feel satisfied with the look of their driveway. Customers will appreciate the care you’ve taken to improve the appearance of the cut in loops and will be more likely to refer friends and family to your business.
The best part of the sand trick is not how simple it is, but that by doing it you’ll be able to allow traffic to drive over the loops sooner, as the sand will create a barrier between the drying sealant and car tires.
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You will need:
- Craft Sand(s) that matches the color of your application (we recommend you keep regular white and black sand handy for mixing.)
- A paint roller that has been covered with artists tape (or any other type of tape)
Analyze the appearance of the driveway, in the paver application above we looked at the different bricks and identified that there were 3 different types of bricks: faded pink, faded purple, and faded dark blue. The color of the bricks are inconsistent, they contain light and dark patches and lots of light colored specks throughout. We decided to go with red and black craft sand mixed with white play sand (available at big box stores like Home Depot) to imitate the light pink bricks.
Mix the sand in the container, test your mixture by sprinkling a bit on the driveway to see how closely it matches. Make any changes needed to the mixture and then set aside. Be sure to let the play sand dry before mixing, play sand usually comes in a bag with some moisture that tends to make the sand look darker until it evaporates. The play sand will dry quicker if you are able to spread it out.
Seal the saw-cut groove(s). It is important to not overfill the saw-cut groove with sealant. You want there to be a small gap from the top of the sealant to the surface. If the groove is over filled you will not be able to open the lane early because tires will splatter and track the sealant around and make a mess.
Sprinkle the sand mixture over the sealant using a cup. Use the paint roller to push the sand around as needed and press it into the groove. See the pictures to compare the before and after results.
Quite an improvement! We hope you find this trick helpful. Please feel free to share your experiences / photos of job sites using the sand trick.
The Loop Experts!
BD Loops was founded in 2001. Their preformed loops and accessories are designed with the installer in mind. BD Loops offers a complete loop system solution including preformed direct burial loops, preformed saw-cut loops, loop sealant, blades, testing devices, and installation tools. BD Loops has a reputation for reliability and ease of installation. They pride themselves on the quality of their products and their commitment to providing excellent customer service and support. BD Loops preformed loops are made in the USA at their facility in Placentia, CA.