If you purchased the Silox Adobe Water Repellent for your home and are planning on doing the work yourself, or if you will hire someone else to apply it for you, I urge both you and them to watch the following videos. Doing so will make this difficult job easier and will also instruct you on the critically important application methods necessary for a professional job.
(My apologies for the poor quality of the above two videos. I have no idea why they came out this way because I filmed them with my iPhone. But like they say, this is better than nothing. Below, I have better quality videos of both the “flood” and the “mist” coats.)
How to apply the first “flood” coat of the Silox Adobe Water Repellent to your burnt adobe walls:
How to apply the second “mist” coat of the Silox Adobe Water Repellent to your adobe walls:
If you are treating your asphalt, cement stabilized mud adobe or rammed earth home with the Silox Adobe Water Repellent, the following video will provide additional, important application instructions:
Some helpful hints for cleaning off the Silox from plants, brick flooring, etc.:
The importance of sponging off excess Silox Adobe Water Repellent from the top of burnt adobe walls:
It rained the same night we applied the Silox Adobe Water Repellent to the adobe cap blocks on this customer’s walls. The Silox works excellent:
Here is a portion of the same wall that we did not get a chance to treat with the Silox before it rained. The rain water completely absorbed into these adobes. You can see the dramatic difference between an adobe that is treated with a quality water repellent like the Silox and one that is not treated:
Proper masking of windows before you treat your home with the Silox is crucial; just as important is the timely and careful removal of that masking to make certain the Silox does not get behind the masking and allowed to dry.
It is not uncommon to have the Silox get behind a portion of your masking. If this happens, it is crucial that you take a wet sponge soaked in clean water and wipe the Silox off the windows before the Silox has a chance to dry. If the Silox dries, you have a problem: you will need to take a new razor blade to the Silox and very carefully remove it; the water repellent may permanently etch the glass if the Silox is allowed to remain on the glass too long.
We always remove the masking as soon as possible after treating the walls, never allowing the masking to remain overnight:
The video below shares additional professional tips when you go up on your roof to apply the Silox:
The video below explains about our use of a backpack sprayer we use to apply the Silox Adobe Water Repellent to our customer’s homes: