Roy Spears, of Silox Adobe and Rammed Earth Water Repellents, discusses the beauty, benefits and protective needs of rammed earth in the video above.
Silox Anti-Dust Formulation
This product was formulated to solve the annoying and damaging effects that the “shedding” of adobe and rammed earth can have on the expensive flooring on the interior of your home. Many people enjoy the look of untreated, raw adobe and rammed earth on not only the exterior, but also the interior, of their homes. Yet one of the problems homeowners oftentimes face is that both adobe (natural, cement and asphalt stabilized) and rammed earth “shed,” leaving particles of dirt and sand that fall on their flooring.
Adobe homeowners with expensive wood flooring, carpet and tile need to be concerned with this aspect of adobe so they can minimize the potential damage that can occur when these earth particles get ground underfoot. Antique furniture and other heirlooms must also be protected from particles falling on top of them and becoming the cause of scratches.
For interior use only.
Silox Specialty Water Repellents are formulated specifically for adobe and rammed earth. An “Adobe Master” approved product which $139.75 per five-gallon bucket. Now available in our retail locations in Phoenix (602-510-2451), Sedona (928-204-1706) and available for pick-up in Tucson, AZ. We ship across the country.
The Silox Anti-Dust formulation can help solve these problems and also protect your rammed earth from the damaging effects of moisture. One to three light mist coats over all the adobe or rammed earth is all it takes. For those adobe homeowners who will paint over their adobe, the SILOX is excellent as an inexpensive undercoating for latex paint.
- Binds up loose and damaging particles of interior adobe.
- Low sheen.
- Water-based, environmentally friendly, and simple to apply.
$21.94 (per gallon, but sold only in five gallon pails)
SILOX ADOBE WATER REPELLENTS (Anti-dust)
Formulated for the particular needs of all adobe bricks and earth type plasters for interior use.
Technical Data and General Information Sheet
SILOX Adobe Water Repellent (SAWR) (Interior Use) is a small particle acrylic latex polymer specially formulated to help solve the problems of adobe homeowners experiencing the annoyance of their adobe walls “shedding,” and possibly damaging, their hardwood floors, carpets, tiles or other flooring products. SAWR is not only a penetrating product which helps to repel interior water but also preserves the surface by causing a chemical reaction that solidifies all component products into one solid mass.
Milky white water-based water repellent, easily sprayed with airless or pump-up sprayers.
If kept in a closed container and stored at an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F at 50% relative humidity, products shelf life is at least two years.
Most of the interior of new adobe homes need little surface preparation if the general rules of good workmanship have been followed. No special prep work need be done on the adobes themselves except the removal of any loose particles and “adobe dust.” If your adobes are dusty due to the adobes themselves, it is recommended you remove as much of this loose, dusty material as possible if possible. A wet/dry vac is excellent for either vacuuming up the loose particles or gently blowing the loose particles and dust free. It is preferable inside one’s home to vacuum up the dust on the adobes rather than blowing the dust free, for obvious reasons: you don’t want to fill your home with dust by blowing the dust free, which is why vacuuming the dust is better.
You don’t have to be concerned about removing each and every small particle of dust or loose material from your adobe walls: the Silox Anti-dust will bind up these loose particles and solve the dusting problem. But removing as much of the dust as you possibly can before you apply the Silox is always the best practice.
Air and substrate temperatures should be 50 degrees F and rising. Thoroughly mask all windows with plastic masking and remove and/or mask any wall hangings, furniture, fixtures, etc. that could receive any overspray. If new home with no carpets yet installed, have water available at hand to dampen concrete floors and dilute sealer if and when it runs on them.
SAWR will not harm your concrete floors if you simply dilute sealer
which gets on the floor before it has a chance to dry. Use plastic drop cloths to completely protect any carpeting. Caution: New earth adobes mixed with some asphalt emulsions may not react well with SAWR due to the reaction characteristics between oil type products (ashphalt emulsions) and the water-based SAWR. These problems diminish as the new adobes are allowed to weather in the sun and elements.
We recommend doing a test area first to determine combatibility, and also that the SAWR be applied to these type adobes near the end of the construction process.
For best results, use low pressure airless spray equipment or pump-up garden sprayers. 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. Use a gentle, drenching spray pattern in a fan spray and not a direct, pinpoint spray. 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 recommended 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.
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 recommended 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. Open windows to allow drafts to blow through home to help dry and cure sealer. Sealer should dry within 1/2 – two hours of time.
For most sun-dried earth and straw type bricks, expect approximately 40-90 square feet per gallon. Sun-dried asphalt emulsion type adobes: 60-120 s/f per gallon. Smooth troweled earth type plasters and rammed earth, expect no more than 120 s/f per gallon.
SILOX Adobe Water Repellent products 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 a full five years against any surface flaking or excessive shedding. 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.
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.