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Has anyone used Ames basement waterproof paints?

Posted by asdfghjkl (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 21, 10 at 14:10

Does anyone have experience with Ames waterprooof coatings for interior basement walls?

Ames has an extensive line of elastomeric rubberized masonry coatings, which are much less-expensive than Sani-Tred and also have the advantage of being water-based. Sani-Tred seems to be highly regarded, but we haven't yet found any user reviews for Ames products - I believe they may be fairly new to market. If Ames has comparable performance, it would be a clear-cut choice, based upon price and advantages of working with a water-based coating vs. solvent.

Thank you.


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RE: Has anyone used Ames basement waterproof paints?

Haven't used Ames, but we just finished using Sani-Tred. Be forewarned that interior water proofing is frowned upon in this forum as not being the 'right' way to do it.

We used Sani-Tred in two spots in our basement. Yes, I know the 'right' way to use Sani-Tred is to coat the WHOLE basement in it, but that would have been cost prohibative.

From what I can see so far, the two areas that actually had water intrusion are still bone dry. One, a small back room with poured concrete walls that had never been painted, has been dry for over a year. The other area, a corner and area under a window (also poured concrete), has only been finished a few months ago, but after several rains remains dry.

Working with Sani-Tred wasn't difficult. It was applied in 3 steps (you can find more info on their site), and I can say that the PermaFlex base coat has a catalyst that smells REALLY bad. The Liquid Rubber Base and Thickening Activator (LRB and TAV) don't smell as bad and are great for filling small holes and cracks. The PermaFlex can be a pain in the rear to apply - its really thick and sticky.

We did have to prep the walls before we could use the Sani-Tred products. They had been painted previously so we used their 'Off the Wall Coating Remover' and a pressure washer to strip the paint. That was the least difficult part of the project! The stripper didn't smell (it's orange scented) and it's completely water soluble/environmentally friendly so I didn't worry about sending it down the drain. We didn't even use the super high powered pressure washer they recommended, and it still worked well.

I will say that we never had a HUGE amount of water intrusion. It was really more seepage, but we would get small streams of water from the one corner. Even after redirecting downspouts, regrading the land and paving the gravel driveway. Those all helped reduce the streams to damp spots, but we still had water. Sani Tred may not be the best solution if you have massive amounts of water intrusion, but for our predicament it worked just fine.


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RE: Has anyone used Ames basement waterproof paints?

Glad you had a good experience with Sani-Tred, and that stripping your walls went well - that can be a hellacious job in/of itself.

We're going to give Ames Blue Max (elastomeric) a go on our basement walls. It's a bit of a gamble, as I still don't know of anyone who has used it yet. We'll do a small test area first and see how it goes. A quick calculation looks like we can use Ames on our walls for about half the price of Sani-Tred. We don't have any water coming in our basement; but want to ensure that it stays dry, reduce the high humidity, and mitigate radon penetration.

On the less-critical areas of our walls; the top portion that is above grade and one entire wall on the down-slope side of the hill that our house sits; we are probably going to use DryLok Extreme - this should save us a bit more money without compromising intended results.

We are going to seal the floor too - possibly using Ames then putting a sub-floor over it; even though it isn't specifically mentioned for floors.

Still hoping to hear some reviews from some Ames users. We'll post results when finished - but probably won't get to it until spring 2011.

Optional addendum:

Agreed; basement sealing/waterproofing is best accomplished using outside techniques at time of construction. But unless the builder and homeowner really have their act together, this is seldom practiced/accomplished - minimum building codes are usually grossly insufficient in this area. Even if you don't have water knocking on the outside foundation, unless the builder has sealed the outside walls with a quality vapor impermeable coating/barrier and poured the floor over a suitable barrier, you are still going to get high humidity and radon penetration into your basement (in most areas). Even if you aren't going to finish your basement or use it for anything, this can still be a problem for you - radon risk is real and mold/mildew may result from high humidity.

Outside foundation waterproofing & theory is whole separate topic and I'm sure there are plenty of existing threads on this site with excellent info.


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RE: Has anyone used Ames basement waterproof paints?

I'm considering using the Ames BlueMax product on my basement. There aren't many reviews out there and wondering how your project turned out. Any info. is helpful. Thanks!


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Has anyone used Ames basement waterproof paints?

To Anyone considering using Bluemax Blue Max by Ames, this is for you.
This product does not last. Used on a basement following all there instructions the product dissintigrates when exposed to the alkalinity of concrete..making it useless. After 2 years the whole wall where the product was correctly applied it started to blister and dissintigrate due to exposure of water passing through the concrete wall. Photos where sent to the company and they where questioned and believe it of not but they do not know the difference between efflorescence and effervescence !!. The owner .."mr Ames" claiming to be a ex professor kept calling it effervescence ...telling me they do not know their field. You are better off buying contact cement at your local hardware as it will work just as well. total waste of money. And a bad company to deal with..very dissapointing. Yes I suggest using sanitred as we ended up having to redo the entire basement...but try to handle water also on the outside of the basement !!


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