Read all label instructions before beginning.
Always run a test patch first in an inconspicuous area,
to ensure that proper adhesion and drying occurs and the
product works to your satisfaction.
Careful and complete preparation
will ensure the best results and contribute to the life
of the coating. The wall surface must be clean, dry, and
free of moss and loose material. Loose or peeling paint
should be removed with a wire brush and rough wood surfaces
sanded. Concrete surfaces may be prepared by using a disc
grinder and carborundum disc or sand blasting. Do not apply
over wet, loose or crumbling concrete. Repair the concrete
and allow to cure completely. Mildew may be removed with
a power washing. New concrete should be allowed to cure
for at least 30 days prior to application of this product.
Fill all joints or cracks wider than 1/8 inch with Blue
Max™ trowel grade coating and filler. Follow all seam-taping
instructions. Mask all sensitive areas before starting.
Be sure the concrete is dry
before beginning. Drying the basement wall out completely
before proceeding will be necessary. Use of a propane space
heater as needed may be necessary to complete this task.
Construction space heaters may be rented or purchased. Allow
proper ventilation. Primer penetration and curing will be
dependent on a dry surface.
Prime the Surface and Seamtape Joints and Cracks
Prime the surface with Ames' Blue Max Liquid Rubber. It is important to seam tape all joints and cracks to avoid
future cracking and leaking. Our Peel & Stick Seam Tape
is a self-adhesive, high-strength, contouring seam tape
that is easy to apply. For the best adhesion prime all surfaces
with Ames'® Blue Max before applying seam
tape. Refer to Ames' Seam Tape application guide for application
instructions. Do not use fiberglass or asphalt impregnated
seam tape as a substitute. Use only Ames' Tapes. Once the
seam tape has been placed over the primer it will be next
to impossible to remove. The seamtape is pliable, so it is easy to shape with your fingers, even to corners. Warning! Do not use asphalt sealers. They do not really water proof. Asphalt
will simply float over damp surfaces. When the petroleum
evaporates the owner is eventually left with nothing but
prehistoric animal pigment.
More about Ames' Seam Tape
Ames' Block & Wall™ Liquid Rubber or Blue Max
may be applied by brush, roller or sprayer. Shake or stir Block & Wall Liquid Rubber prior to use. Apply a minimum
of one gallon per 100 sq. ft. per coat. Two coats minimum, three to four is superior. The application must be
applied in a continuous, unbroken seal of a minimum dry
thickness of no less than 30 mils (the thickness of a dime)
over the entire surface.
the concrete surface with one or two coats of Blue Max and then apply one or more coats of Ames' Block
and Wall Liquid Rubber coating at a rate of one or two gallons/per/100 square feet. One or two coats of Ames' Block & Wall
Liquid Rubber or Blue Max will cover and waterproof in most
cases. Use all the product estimated for the job in order
to achieve the proper millage.
prime with Blue Max over the concrete.
Then apply two to three coats or three gallons per 100 square
feet of Block & Wall Liquid Rubber or Blue Max. Use
the entire product to achieve the proper millage.
type of heavy-duty application is normally used when applied on a below grade surface where
a severe waterproofing situation might exist. This procedure
is generally used on new commercial building applications
where long-term heavy-duty applications might be required.
The very best product application is five gallons per 100
sq. ft. or three to five coat application systems necessary
for long term waterproofing. In this application fabric
can be applied over most smooth surfaces and is generally
embedded in the second layer of the liquid rubber. The fabric becomes saturated
and is sandwiched in the coating and allowed to dry for additional
reinforcement. It applies like fiberglass. The fabric is
polyester and shapes like fiberglass and will never rot
or deteriorate. This application is nearly impervious to
water penetration when properly done and expected to last
up to twenty plus years. It can also be applied to concrete
or wood surfaces such as concrete roofs where bare concrete
has begun to deteriorate. Concrete roofs are often in need
of special attention especially in the tropics when rains
are heavy and concrete is decomposing. Otherwise this application
is usually not necessary unless the surface is in danger
of deteriorating since these coatings are extremely elastic.
On above grade applications apply two to three coats of
Blue Max followed by two coats (2 gallons per 100 square
feet) of Ames' Block & Wall waterproofing paint or Ames'
Paint and Prime®. Paint and Prime is tintable. It is probably
the highest performing latex paint designed for
waterproofing in the U.S.
Our Waterproofing Demonstration
Clean Up, Storage,
Disposal and Thinning
Clean up tools and small spills with water. Store unused
product in its original can, tightly sealed at 45 to 85
degree F. Dispose of this product in accordance with state
and federal and local requirements. Thin with water up to
10%. Prevent from freezing.
Weather & Drying
Ames' Coatings are best applied between 40 to 90 degrees
F. on warm dry surfaces. Apply when the streets are dry,
the sun is in the sky, and no inclement weather is forecast.
Dries in 1-2 hours, depending on thickness of application
and weather; and cures in 24 hours. Low temperatures, high
humidity, and evening or morning dew will require increased
Ames'® Coatings for Basements
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Max™ is a liquid rubber that dries to a tough, semi-transparent,
high-strength elastic membrane
||Ames'® Block & Wall™ is an acrylic coating for above-grade and exterior applications.
||Ames’® Vapor-Barrier™ is our premium rubberized elastomeric coating for waterproofing
||Ames'® Paint & Prime® 25-Year is our interior/exterior, water-base, acrylic
latex paint and primer built into a single product.
||Ames'® Block & Wall™ Liquid Rubber is a rubber coating for below-grade and
to go to our basement
Standard product coverage on a smooth
surface is 100 sq. ft. per gallon per coat (est. 10ml).
More than one coat recommended. More coats equal longer
Tools ~ You may need
one or more of the following
Ames' industrial-strength coatings are easy
to apply for the Do-It-Yourselfer. Most Ames products
may be applied by brush, roller, push broom, or sprayer.
Depending upon the roughness of the surface, preparation,
and the specific application, you may need one or more of
||3-4 inch wide
||Scissors or Utility
||Roller & Handle
||Commercial Airless Sprayer
||Ames' Seam Tape