Application Suggestions For Liquid Granite
Applying Liquid Granite is a creative process. Application rate and method will vary depending upon the condition and type of surface. Some surfaces may require priming with Ames' Super Primer, Super Elasto-Barrier, or Blue Max Trowel.
IMPORTANT: Read all instructions on this label before beginning. Always run a test patch first, in an inconspicuous area, to ensure that proper adhesion and drying occurs with your product and the product works to your satisfaction before proceeding. Do not proceed unless you are satisfied.
Do-It-Yourself in 3 Easy Steps
1. Surface Preparation
Be sure that surfaces are clean and dry before the coating application. Caulk all cracks greater than 1/8" wide with Ames’ Blue Max trowel grade. Install adequate drains to drain flat roofs. Shot blast concrete in severe situations as needed. Always run a test patch first in an inconspicuous area. This is to ensure that there is proper adhesion and drying, and that the product performs to your satisfaction. Check our website at www.amesresearch.com for the latest updates before proceeding with the application.
2. Seam Tape Cracks, Joints and Seams
Surfaces with joints, cracks, flashings, vents, parapet wall flashings or where two unlike surfaces come together require seam tape. We recommend Ames' Peel & Stick Seam Tape (PS250, PS450 or PS650) to provide some additional strength and reinforcement on these surfaces. Prime all surfaces generously with Super Elasto-Barrier prior to setting the Seam Tape in place. (See Seam Tape label for instructions.) Apply a liberal topcoat of Super Elasto-Barrier over the Seam Tape and allow to cure. Smooth concrete surfaces may need to be primed with Ames' Super Primer for better adhesion. Some surfaces may require priming with both Ames’ Super Primer and Super Elasto-Barrier
3. Topcoat with Liquid Granite
Apply Liquid Granite to the surface. We recommend 1 to 2 coats of Liquid Granite as needed to properly seal the surface for a watertight system. A trowel and brush works best when applying Liquid Granite.
Horozontal / Flat Surface Application Suggestions
One may start applying Liquid Granite by pouring 1 to 2 quarts of the product onto the surface to be coated. We recommend working in small manageable increments as to let the applicator reach the whole section being covered. This suggested area would be roughly 2 feet wide by 6 feet long. Decrease this area if you are working in direct sunlight on a warm day as the coating’s dry time will be faster. Spread the Liquid Granite evenly with a 3" to 4" wide paint brush or float it out with an 8" to 12" plastic squeegee applicator tool. After a uniform coating has been applied you can smooth out the surface with a large cement/concrete trowel to give it a smooth finish. You may also sprinkle a little water on the Liquid Granite or wet your trowel to help aid in creating your smoother finish. Then just repeat this process until the desired area is completed and let it cure. A second coat may be required depending on application thickness and uniformity.
Vertical Surfaces Application Suggestions
Liquid Granite may be applied to a vertical surface using a large trowel as you would apply stucco to a wall. Or you may use a drywall mud taping knife. After a uniform coating has been applied you can smooth it out with your trowel to give it a smooth finish. You can sprinkle a little water on Liquid Granite or wet your trowel to help aid in creating your smooth finish. Then just repeat this process until the desired area is completed and let it cure. A second coat may be required depending on application thickness and uniformity. Tip: Apply a light initial coat to provide “traction” for a second coat. This will help prevent “sag”.
Sand or wire brush any areas that have loose material or are dirty. Prime as much of the wood surface as possible with Super Elasto-Barrier liquid rubber primer and sealer. On new deck construction, when possible, apply Super Elasto-Barrier to all surfaces, sides and ends of the wood before constructing deck. Allow to dry. Topcoat with one or more coats of Liquid Granite and allow proper drying between coats.
Plywood (Decks and Ramps)
Seam tape and seal all seams, joints, flashings or drip edges with Super Elasto-Barrier and Ames' Seam Tape. Use outdoor, waterproof, 1/2-inch or better plywood. Prime entire surface with one or more coats of Super Elasto-Barrier and allow to dry. On new deck construction, apply Super Elasto-Barrier to all surfaces, sides and ends of the board before constructing deck. Ame’s Contouring Roof Fabric (CRF-250) is generally used in roof deck applications. Topcoat with one or more coats of Liquid Granite.
Concrete surfaces should be wire brushed or pressure washed to remove any loose dirt or debris. Do not apply Liquid Granite over damp or severly decomposing concrete. Repair the concrete and allow to cure for up to 30 days prior to application of Liquid Granite. Concrete should be approximately 6 inches above ground water. Apply Ames' Super Primer on areas with heavy use and in commercial applications. Topcoat with one or more coats of Liquid Granite. Areas where standing water may occur may require annual maintenance or cleaning.
Some surfaces may require maintenance because of potentially severe weather conditions or excessive wear and tear. Other surfaces may require priming with Super Elasto-Barrier. For roof deck applications see our roof deck specifications.
Liquid Granite may require one or more of the following:
|3-4 in. Wide Paint Brush
||Scissors or Utility Knife
Standard product coverage is approximately five gallons per 70-100 sq. feet per coat. Rough surfaces may require additional coating. Most surfaces will only require 1 coat. A 2nd coat may be required in some applications.
Cleanup, Storage & Disposal
Clean tools and small spills with water. Store unused product in its original can, tightly sealed and protected from freezing. Dispose of this product in accordance with local, state, or federal requirements.
Weather & Drying Guidelines
For exterior applications Liquid Granite™ is best applied between 50 to 90 degrees F (10 to 32 degrees C) on warm dry surfaces. Be sure humidity is less than 50% and dew point and temperature have a good spread. It continues to cure for up to 2 weeks. Liquid Granite™ may be recoated when it is dry to the touch.
IMPORTANT: For exterior applications check your local weather forecast and follow our Ames' Weather Rule: Apply when the streets are dry, the sun is in the sky, and no inclement weather is forecast for 24 hours. The best work window during winter months is usually between 10 am and 2 pm. Low temperatures, high humidity and evening and morning dew will require increased drying/curing time.