Difficulty Level: EASY
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1. Surface Preparation
Read all instruction labels 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
loose material. Loose or peeling paint should be removed
with a wire brush, and rough wood surfaces sanded. Do not
apply Vapor-Barrier™ over wet, loose, or crumbling concrete.
Repair the concrete, and allow to cure. Mildew may be removed
with a power washer. Fill all joints or cracks wider than
1/8 inch with a Blue Max trowel-grade coating & filler.
Follow seam taping instructions. Mask all sensitive areas
2. Prime the surface with Ames'® Super
It is important to seam tape all joints and cracks to avoid
future cracking and leaking. Apply around flashings, windows
and cracks in the walls. Refer to Ames' Seam Tape label for
application instructions. Do not use fiberglass or asphalt
impregnated seam tape.
Super Primer is drying
almost as fast as it can be sprayed onto the surface.
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Super Primer penetrates into the concrete.
It is pearlescent blue as it is being applied, drying to
a clear, slightly tacky surface. This process begins the
waterproofing. Apply at a rate of 1 gallon per 100 square
feet (estimated). For difficult applications where extreme dampness is present see Ames' Blue Max, our impervious liquid rubber coating for difficult and damp situations.
3. Apply Ames'® Vapor-Barrier™
Apply at least 2 coats of Vapor-Barrier, our waterborne,
liquid rubber, elastomeric coating. At this point the surface
should be impenetrable to water. All minor cracks and crevices
will be sealed. Apply at a rate of 2 gallons per 100 square
feet. Recommended milage is 20 to 35 mils (or the thickness
of a dime or quarter). Drying time will be approximately
30 to 60 minutes on warm days with sun contact.
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This application can be used on: foundations, bearing walls,
cisterns or water storage tanks, and other concrete surfaces.
Vapor-Barrier is potable water compliant.
This is only a suggested specification.
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Clean-up, Storage, Disposal and
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,
federal, and local requirements. May thin up to 10% with
Weather & Drying Guidelines
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 drying/curing time.
apply at a rate of 1 gallon per 100 square feet (estimated).
Apply at a rate of 2 gallons per 100 square feet.
Tools ~ You may need one or more
of the following:
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 the following:
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