SILOX Premium Adobe Water Repellent is our top of the line product formulated specifically for adobe and rammed earth. Excellent for all types of earth blocks, including asphalt, cement stabilized mud and burnt adobes. Exceptional application for rammed earth. Price for a five-gallon pail is $139.75, not including any applicable taxes. Check for any sales below.
The Silox Adobe Water Repellent is now available in Phoenix (23043 N. 15th Lane, 85027) and Sedona, AZ (65 Brewer Rd, 86336) at “Spectrum Paint Company.” Please call Roy Spears at (520) 331-4004 for ordering information.
Call or text Roy Spears at (520) 331-4004 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for ordering information and general questions.
Silox Adobe Water Repellents are formulated specifically for adobe. An “Adobe Master” approved product which is now on sale (Internet sales only). Regular price is $27.95 per gallon ($139.75 per five-gallon bucket) but is now 10% off: now $25.16 per gallon ($125.76 per five-gallon bucket). Custom orders and walk-in retail store sales exempt from this special pricing.
Here are some helpful video’s for properly applying the Silox (click on the link immediately below):
Look on the labels of the majority of other “sealers” and water-repellents and see if the word “adobe” or “rammed earth” is mentioned. The SILOX was formulated for adobe. If you purchase the Silox from Adobe Masters, you will be using the same quality product on your home that I have been using on my customer’s homes for over thirty years.
The Silox is a water-based water repellent. This means it is easy clean-up and won’t harm the environment like solvent-based products. Being water-based, it is safer for pets, plants and is easier to clean off of items you might accidentally overspray on…your neighbors cars or yourself, for example.
(Photo above: A burnt adobe brick treated on the left side with the Silox Adobe Water Repellent and the right side remaining untreated. The brick was then sprayed with water. Notice the water was quickly absorbed on the untreated side and how it is beading up on the side treated with the Silox.)
Because the Silox is water-based, you will not have to use potentially dangerous and harmful solvents—paint thinners—to clean your equipment or your hands. Being able to use water for clean-up is a huge advantage over solvent-based products.
The Silox Adobe Water Repellent is both a penetrating and surface water repellent, combining the best of both chemistries to protect your adobe or rammed earth.
A “penetrating” water repellent absorbs into the porous adobe to protect it from within, allowing the adobe to “breathe” (or release moisture back into the atmosphere if water enters the adobe). A “surface” water repellent like the Silox puts a thin, almost invisible vapor permeable acrylic “skin” over the adobes to add an additional layer of protection from water penetration.
This acrylic skin allows moisture to also permeate out to the atmosphere, but performs an important function: it “stabilizes” the often times loose, crumbling and “dusty” surface of the adobe and rammed earth and prevents these loose particles from delaminating, falling onto your expensive flooring, and causing damage.
This acrylic moisture barrier and stabilizing agent can, in certain light, be visible as a slight satin finish and, as an added benefit, helps to bring out the beautiful, rich colors of burnt adobe.
If you want to tackle the challenging project of applying the SILOX by yourself, I can help. If your adobe home is typical southwest style (i.e., high territorial style walls, flat roof, more than 1,500 s.f.), you have your work cut out for you. It is not easy to treat a home like this by yourself. When you purchase the SILOX from Adobe Masters, I will show you some professional tips that will save you numerous headaches. Additionally, you can rent some of my equipment that I use on customer’s homes that will make the difference between a frustrating nightmare into one you can be proud of. You will also save yourself some money in the process.
It is expensive to hire a professional contractor like Adobe Masters to treat your home with a first class water repellent; it is labor intensive with time critical sequence of events that must be followed. If you tackle such a project on your own without any guidance and no experience, serious problems can occur. Yet with someone with over 30 years of experience walking you through the process, it will make your project easier.
The SILOX Adobe Water Repellent is a product that is formulated especially for adobe; this is a critical point to realize. There are “cheaper” water repellents that you can purchase at Home Depot or Loews, but read the product description on the label of the material you might purchase there. Is it made just for adobe? Do they mention the word “adobe” anywhere on the label? Probably not. Adobe is a unique building material and the SILOX was formulated with this in mind.
When you purchase the SILOX from Adobe Masters, you will be getting professional, tried and proven advice geared exactly for your project, from the owner of the company.
“I recently sealed my entire house and large adobe wall ( over 9000 sq ft) using Adobe Masters’ product, Silox. I am very pleased with the results. Roy was very helpful and informative. He gave me excellent advice, and the seal is performing as advertised. I will definitely use this product again. He gladly refunded me for any unused buckets of Silox, and was very easy to deal with. Five stars for this service.”
John Bush, Tucson, AZ
“Very cool. Thanks. Silox is amazing–water is bouncing off the walls…”
Larry, St. Anthony Earthworks, Tucson, AZ. Larry makes cement-stabilized mud adobes and uses the Silox to treat them. He loves the product! Call him at (520)-780-0209 for more information.
“Brother Roy! Thanks for the note, and sorry I didn’t write earlier…. The Silox worked KILLER GREAT ….. The treated adobes now feel like they have a thin layer of plastic on them and shed NO sand/particles whatsoever as you run your finger hard over them…. as if everything’s ‘locked up.’ Very cool….. and just what we needed in our situation. So…. thank you! …… and thank you for getting it to me so quickly; we used it right away. Best,”
Charles Salman, New Mexico
Here is Charlene’s (Char) testimonial in an audio format:
“It worked great.”
Glenn W. Miller, G.W. Miller Custom Painting, Phoenix, AZ
For additional testimonials, click here.
To determine how much SILOX you will need for your project, first measure the square feet of your adobe walls. If you are measuring your house, don’t worry about subtracting the square feet that your doors and windows comprise, unless you have windows that cover a large portion of any one wall. You should subtract the garage door due to its significant square footage. After determining your adobe wall square footage, divide this number by 100 if your house is constructed from burnt adobe.
For example, assume you measured your exterior walls (don’t forget to measure the parapet adobes and the chimney, if applicable.) This figure is 4,900 square feet. Dividing 4,900 by 100 gives you a figure of 49. Round this up to 50, giving you the approximate number of gallons needed. I would purchase 55 gallons to insure I have enough product to finish the walls. Running out of material in the middle of a wall can be a disaster.
If you have any product left over, unopened, I will purchase it back. I only sell the SILOX in five gallon containers, so if you overbuy and have some left over, bring it back and I will refund you that portion of your money. And I won’t scam you by demanding a so-called “restocking fee” for you to bring it back. If you have four gallons left over from the five gallon bucket, I will refund what you return in full. This way you are not letting your hard earned money sit around in unused water repellent. Please note that this offer to re-buy your unused Silox is only available to local Tucson customers.
If you have an asphalt, cement stabilized mud adobe or rammed earth, these materials are much more porous than burnt adobe. Figure only about 50-80 square feet per gallon. The same for rammed earth.
- Offers outstanding, long-lasting protection against the elements.
- State-of-the-art chemistry.
- Formulated for the unique characteristics of adobe.
- Five-year warranties if used in accordance with our instructions and specifications…one of the best in the industry.
- Pricing: (please note that these are Tucson prices with no shipping charges or taxes added. Ask about volume discounts.)
My storage facility where the Silox is stored is located near Fort Lowell and Dodge. If you are interested in purchasing the Silox, please plan on meeting me there. Remember, I will gladly buy back any unused, clean product.
Five gallon bucket: $139.75 (before taxes). Check for available sales and discounts.
Payment in cash, personal check, most credit cards or Paypal. Ask me about the discount I offer for cash.
SILOX ADOBE WATER REPELLENTS
Formulated for the particular needs of all adobe bricks and earth type plasters for exterior use.
Technical Data and General Information Sheet
SILOX Adobe Water Repellent (SAWR) (Exterior Use) is a small particle acrylic latex polymer with a methyl potassium siliconate as a vehicle.
This formulation is available to adobe home owners to help solve the damaging effects of water penetrating and damaging their earth and/or clay walls. SAWR methyl potassium siliconate is not only a penetrating product which helps to repel exterior water but there is added acrylic resins that preserves the surface by causing a chemical reaction that solidifies all component products into a cohesive surface tension.
If kept in a closed container and stored at an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F at 50% relative humidity, products shelf life is over two years.
Adobe walls should be clean and free from all contaminants. Head joints and bed joints should be free of any cracks larger than 1/16 ” wide. Sealer will bridge thin cracks 1/16″ wide and less, but larger cracks will allow water to penetrate in. Repair and fill any voids larger than 1/16″ with the same material as the crack or void is in. Do not use any materials different than what the wall is constructed from.
Windows must be properly masked with plastic. Cured Silox will permanently etch glass. Remove all Silox from windows immediately if masking fails.
Please spend a few minutes viewing the videos at the link here. It will show you exactly how to properly apply the Silox to your adobe walls. Also, there are other videos on this page that will give you some professional tips on masking windows and other tips to make your project easier.
Before beginning project, first apply a test patch, using the recommended coverage rates, to an inconspicuous area of the wall(s) to insure that you will be satisfied with the end results.
Gently stir the water repellent before using.
For best results, use low pressure airless spray equipment, hand pump backpack sprayers, or pump-up garden sprayers. Satisfactory results can be achieved by using rollers or brushes. When using spray equipment, hold spray tip approximately 12-18 inches from surface and apply enough material so that SAWR floods the surface by using this method of application for the first coat. Always work from top to bottom of wall in three to four foot sections at a time. Complete and total saturation of the substrate is crucial to insure adequate protection.
Test SAWR in a small, inconspicuous area first prior to doing complete job. This will insure proper results and determine proper coverage and application.
The resins in the Silox require a 72 hour cure window. This means, for optimum performance of the Silox on your walls, that no rain or other moisture should be introduced onto freshly treated walls for three days after you apply the Silox.
When first applied, SAWR emulsified resins appear milky white with a somewhat purplish hue. However, depending on the temperature and humidity of the air and also the substrate, these resins soon coalesce (fuse together) and dry clear and colorless. The milky appearance in hot, dry weather should last no longer than fifteen minutes. Strike out or roll out any obvious drips, runs or puddles after this time. Excess sealer must not be allowed to remain on surface after this time. An application of a second, light (or mist) coat is essential for maximum protection. Apply this second coat just after the milky white appearance of the first coat has disappeared but before the first coat has a chance to dry. Sealer should dry within 1/2 – two hours of time.
Temperatures must be at least 60° and rising. Do not apply in temperatures below this. In cold weather, complete your project so that the water repellent has at least two hours to dry before the sun sets. Insure that all product, in cold weather, has been absorbed into the walls and that the milky white appearance has disappeared. Failure to follow these cold weather instructions can result in the walls being permanently stained with the milky white or purplish hue of the curing product.
For most sun-dried earth and straw type bricks, expect approximately 40-80 square feet per gallon. Sun-dried asphalt emulsion type adobes: 60-80 s/f per gallon. Kiln dried Sasabe type bricks: 100 s/f per gallon. Smooth troweled earth type plasters and rammed earth, expect no more than 60-90 s/f per gallon.
SILOX Adobe Water Repellent Sealers are not recommended for below grade application or where water pressure is from the interior of the wall. It will not prevent water penetration through unsound or cracked surfaces.
WARRANTY: If applied exactly according to instructions with the recommended coverage rates, we will warranty this product for five years on burnt adobe surfaces, three years on earth bricks or stabilized earth bricks. To exercise the right of your warranty, you must supply manufacturer with an original and dated proof of purchase sales slip, a short written statement of what problem(s) you are experiencing, and your method of application. Since use of this product is beyond our control, the only remedy of the buyer or users shall be replacement of product deemed defective. No other warranty is expressed or implied. Neither the seller or manufacturer shall be liable for any injury, loss or damage, direct, incidental or consequential, arising out of the use of or misuse of this product. Before using this product the applicator shall determine the suitability of this product of the intended use and the applicator assumes all liability whatsoever in connection therewith. VOC compliant.
CLEAN UP: Equipment, brushes, roller, etc…. Use hot soapy water immediately after use. Fully cured resins can only be removed with strong solvents. Before using any solvents to clean any surface, determine beforehand the suitability and compatibility of solvent with surface to be cleaned. Be certain your chosen method of cleaning will not harm surfaces.
SAFETY AND FIRST AID: Use appropriate eye, face, skin and respiratory protection. Improper use of airless spray equipment is potentially dangerous. Know your equipment and respect it’s ability to cause harm to you and others. If injected into skin with any type of pressurized spray equipment (particularly airless spray equipment), seek medical attention immediately! If product comes in contact with skin, immediately wash with soap and water. If clothing becomes soaked with sealer, remove and wash both skin and clothing. Eyes: immediately flush with water and seek medical attention and advice. Do not drink or breathe this product. Close container after each use. KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN!! Keep from freezing.