Thank you so much for your advice and instructions for applying the Silox to the mud adobe walls around my yard. I had five different walls that required the application. I used a two gallon deck sprayer to apply to product. (I would have loved to have used a five gallon sprayer had I thought it wouldn’t affect my back.)
I calculated an application of one gallon per 60 sq. ft., per your advice, and then measured out 120 sq. ft. on each wall. That way, I could insure I used the proper amount for each section, and also know how many times I would need to fill my sprayer.
Next, I used my leaf blower and blew off cobwebs, leaves, and dirt, so that I got the best coverage possible. (As a side note, I also built a spreadsheet with each wall and the dimensions, so when I need to reapply in five years, I will know exactly how much each section will require without having to re-measure. At 60 years old, there’s no way I’m going to remember anything about this project five years from now, LOL.)
The 1950 sq. ft. of walls took me nearly 12 hours to complete. With a larger sprayer, I’m sure it would have taken a lot less time, but you have to do, what you have to do, right? In the end, with the amount of Silox I used, I calculate that I applied an average of 1 gallon per 73 sq. ft. The walls look and feel great, and I’m happy that I could get them treated before the monsoon season begins.
Thanks again, Roy. See you in five years!!
Kathy Seidl, Tucson
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Here is another customer’s testimonial, Charlene’s (Char), in an audio format:
I have a burnt adobe home built around 1977 and purchased in 2012. After extensive repair to the adobes in 2012 using a wafer method (putting new adobe face on the damaged adobes), I knew that they needed to be sealed to protect against future water damage. The repairman I used did not know what sealer should be used and after some research I found the Adobe Masters website.
The website recommended a Silox Adobe Water Repellant and I decided to purchase 25 gallons of this product after consultation with Roy Spears. Another reason for purchasing this product was that it was water based
and application was easy. I also researched the chemistry of this product since I am a chemical engineer and it showed Silox to be water repellant as Roy states. The repairman applied the Silox using a 1 gallon sprayer and this application although incorrect protected my adobes home for about 5 years.
I purchased the Silox again in November this year after consultation with Roy Spears and based on simple test he asked me to conduct, which showed that re-application of Silox was necessary. This time I purchased a total of 50 gallons as I have a 2800 Ft2 adobe home with adobe fence wall and wanted to make sure that Silox was applied properly as shown in videos on Roy’s website.
I purchased an inexpensive 4 gallon sprayer for about $30 from Harbor Freight for the application and it worked great. I would only put about 2.5 gallons at a time and this made it convenient to carry around for spraying.
The other thing I made sure not to spray on windy days and did not concern myself with dripping on brick pavers or concrete as I wanted to seal the areas around my adobe walls. I also used the Silox to seal my large flagstone patio around the pool area and it appears to have worked well.
Now the Silox adobe water repellant, in my opinion, is a great product as described on Adobe Masters website——if applied as recommended. This time I have applied the product as recommended and hope to get 5 to 6 years of protection from water damage. After application the Silox does leave a minor sheen on the adobe which in my opinion is a nice feature. I would recommend this product to anyone who is planning to use a water repellent to protect their burnt adobe home.
Paul Gupta, Chemical Engineer, Tucson, AZ