What is Ames'® Blue Max® Trowel Grade?
Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade is a special blend of elastomeric liquid rubber which is high in solids to fill cracks and crevices. It dries to a tough flexible membrane. It is a high strength adhesive filler with minimal shrink or sag. It will fill voids and cracks. No stirring required. It is easy to apply straight from the container with a trowel, putty, or tape knife. Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade is non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and easily cleans up with water. Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade is suitable for caulking or as a filler. It is extremely adhesive and outperforms most asphalt emulsions.
Where to Use:
Use Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade on Basements, Cellars, Foundations, Below Grade Walls, and Cisterns. Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade is also an excellent coating for ICF (insulated concrete forms), as well as Metal, Wood, Concrete, and many other applications. The adhesive qualities in Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade actually glues surfaces together and strengthens wall construction. Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade outperforms isocyanate urethanes, and works well as a primer and waterproofing membrane for Ames’® products such as Ames’® Safe-T-Deck®, Ames’® Snow Seal®, Ames’® Maximum-Stretch®, Ames’® Block & Wall® Liquid Rubber, Ames’® Block & Wall® Acrylic, Ames’® Iron Coat® and many other coatings. Ames’® Blue Max® Trowel Grade must be top coated for UV protection in exterior applications.
Be sure surfaces are clean and dry before the coating application. 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. Caulk all cracks greater than 1/8″ wide with Ames® Blue Max® Trowel Grade. Surfaces with joints, cracks, or where two unlike surfaces come together, require Ames® Peel & Stick™ Seam Tape (PS250, PS450 or PS650) to provide some additional strength and reinforcement. Prime all surfaces generously with Ames® Blue Max® prior to setting the Seam Tape in place. Apply a liberal topcoat of Ames® Blue Max® over the Seam Tape and allow to cure. Ames® Blue Max® does not need a primer.
These are general application guidelines. Various factors including climate, condition and age of the surface factor into the application technique. That is why we offer a Toll Free Technical help line Monday to Friday. Please call with any questions before you begin your project – 1-888-345-0809. The surface must be clean, dry, and free of loose material. Fill all joints or cracks wider than 1/8 inch with Ames® Blue Max® Trowel Grade. It is important to seam tape all joints and cracks to avoid future cracking and leaking. Ames® Blue Max® may be brushed, rolled or sprayed. We recommend three gallons per 100 square feet for water containment. 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).
Ames® Blue Max® can be applied with a paint brush, a push broom, a low nap roller with a long handle or a Commercial Airless Sprayer. In addition, you will need Ames® Peel & Stick™ Seam Tape and scissors or a utility knife. For larger commercial jobs. We recommend an airless sprayer with a 3/8 inch, 150 foot hose. Graco, Bulldog or Titan work well. Call for specific specification.
Clean-up, Storage, and Disposal:
Clean tools and small spills with water. Store unused product in its original container, tightly sealed and protected from freezing. Dispose of this product in accordance with local, state, or federal requirements.
Weather and Drying Guide:
Ames® Blue Max® is best applied between 50° to 90° F (10° to 32° C) on warm dry surfaces. For exterior applications apply when the streets are dry, the sun is in the sky and no inclement weather is forecast. Starts to dry in 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on thickness of application and weather; It continues to cure for up to 2 weeks. A slight tack is normal after drying. Ames Blue Max may be re-coated or top coated when it is dry to the touch. Low temperatures, high humidity and evening and morning dew will require increased drying/curing time.
Standard product coverage on a smooth surface is 100 sq. ft. per gallon per coat (est. 10 mil). More than one coat recommended. More coats equal longer life. Rough surfaces will require additional product and drying time.
Can be used in Conjunction with:
Ames® Blue Max® Trowel Grade and works well as a primer and waterproofing membrane for Ames® Safe-T-Deck®, Ames® Snow Seal®, Ames® Maximum-Stretch®, Ames® Block & Wall®, Ames® Iron Coat® and many other coatings. Ames® Blue Max® must be top coated for UV protection in exterior applications.