Products Used

Tools Needed

Project Prep

  1. Assess the Pothole: Determine the size and depth. If it exceeds 2 feet by 2 feet by 4 inches deep, consider consulting an asphalt professional.
  2. Chisel the Edges: Using a chipping hammer and chisel, ensure the sides of the pothole are vertical and squared to provide a solid edge for the patch material to adhere to.
  3. Clean the Area: Remove all debris, dirt, and loose particles from the pothole with a broom or blower for a clean surface.
  4. Select the Appropriate Sakrete Product: Choose from Sakrete Blacktop Patch, All-Weather Blacktop Patch, or U.S. Cold Patch based on regional availability and specific job requirements.

Safety Notes: Read and understand the SDS before using this product. Wear protective clothing and equipment. Keep out of reach of children.

Project Tip: Chiseling out edges of pothole ensures a proper bond.


  1. Apply the First Layer: Place about 2 inches of the patch material into the pothole.
  2. Compact the Layer: Use a tamper or a 4×4 to compact the material down to 1 inch. This is crucial for proper settling and strength.
  3. Repeat the Process: Continue adding 2-inch layers and compacting each down to 1 inch until the patch is level with the surrounding surface.


  1. Ensure Even Compaction: When nearing the top layer, switch to a steel-headed tamper if possible for even pressure distribution.
  2. Check for Aggregate Interlock: The patch should resemble the surrounding asphalt, with a tight pattern on the surface and no distinct rock shapes visible.
  3. Final Compaction: Continue tamping until the patch is firm and there’s no flex when pressed with fingers.

Project Tip: Insufficient compaction is the #1 mistake with blacktop repair.


  1. Release to Traffic: Once the patch is compacted and level, it can immediately handle traffic. Under certain conditions, the surface may remain tacky for a short period of time and a light layer of sand would help.
  2. Avoid Additional Compaction: Do not drive repeatedly over the patch; it does not aid in compaction and may damage the surface.
  3. Monitor on Hot Days: If the patch is tracking or feels soft due to heat, allow additional time for it to set before heavy use.
  4. U.S. Cold Patch: This patch is different from the other two in that the user will mound the patch, hit it with a shovel or tamper to begin the compaction process and finish the compaction by driving over it with a car or truck.

Project Tip: Applying a thin layer of sand helps to prevent tracking.