Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG)

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  • 5 gallon
  • Regular grade
  • A special blend of adhesive high strength elastomeric liquid rubber
  • Use for waterproofing in extreme wet situations such as below grade foundations, basement walls, cisterns, water throughs, catch basins, ponds and fountains
  • Translucent blue
  • Water base
  • Non-toxic
  • Low odor
  • Radon blocker
  • VOC free
  • Coverage: 500 sq. ft. per coat


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Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG)
 
4.7

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to clean (12)
  • Even paint distribution (11)
  • Durable (3)
  • Ergonomic grip (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Messy (4)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (16)
  • Small areas (11)
  • Detailed work (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (9), Casual do-it-yourselfer (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome product

This product works! We own a hundred year old house and all the basement problems that go with it. This was the only paint that sealed the crumbling walls and made it water...Read complete review

This product works! We own a hundred year old house and all the basement problems that go with it. This was the only paint that sealed the crumbling walls and made it water proof. Follow the website directions carefully, walls must be clean, dry and all holes filled. And the paint sprayer is the only way to go. Would use again for any water proofing project.

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Didn't Work for Me

I used the product on clean plywood and it did not stick. It has been flaking off and is almost completely gone. It was a huge waste of money. I contacted the company...Read complete review

I used the product on clean plywood and it did not stick. It has been flaking off and is almost completely gone. It was a huge waste of money. I contacted the company letting them know it did not work as described and they have not responded.

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5.0

Blue max is wonderful

By PetesPonies

from Wallace, SC

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere You Want To Seal
      • Basement Walls
      • Fooundations
      • Shower Floors

      Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

      I am building my own house. I bought this to seal the outside of the basement and foundation prior to backfilling. It has been great. I then have used it for so much more. I built a custom shower with mortar floor/tile and used to to seal the mortar. I am using it to seal the underlayment for tile in rooms etc.I have used it on foundation cracks. It is paintable, expands like crazy and really seems to do all it is supposed to do.I have bought 4- 5gal containers.

       
      4.0

      Only half way done

      By Tyler

      from Ky

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ergonomic Grip

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

        Takes a while to dry. I have only put on one coat . With 2 or 3 coats I feel like this will do every thing it says it will

         
        5.0

        Seems to be exactly what I wanted

        By PetesPonies

        from South Carolina

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Clean

        Cons

        • Messy

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

        Bought online and had it shipped to ACE. I got a $50 discount that way.

         
        5.0

        Great product !!

        By Barney the maintenance man

        from The emerald triangle

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Clean
        • Even Paint Distribution
        • Great adhesion

        Cons

        • Roller Gets Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Below Grade
        • Block Walls
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

        Goes on smooth , great adhesion , fast dry time between coats , impenetrable barrier .. But takes a while to fully cure ...

         
        5.0

        Flakes if done wrong Seals if done right

        By Eddie

        from Oakland, CA

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Clean
        • Ergonomic Grip
        • Even Paint Distribution
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Deteriorates
        • Messy

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

        When Ames Blue Max is solely used as a one layer application placed in the sun, it will be beaten by the rays and flake with repeatable results within a short time frame (making this a worthless waste of time, effort, and money) [my older brother put it on exactly like this without my knowledge, thinking it was a quick fix for a leaky roof]. However, Ames Blue Max Liquid Rubber should be treated with respect as it is a "membrane" and needs a separate top coating to protect it from the sun's damaging effect. I scrubbed the roof with proper soap, rinsed, let dry for a day, added 2 coats of prime, 2 coats of Blue Max, patched with Henry's White Roofing Sealant in tandem with Yellow Fiberglass Fabric, and finished off with 2 coats of White Top Coat (or Snow White). I trust the Ames brand. I am a repeat customer (finishing the roof by sections and gauging it's performance when weathered). If you want it done right, you have to use the right materials, and you can't cut corners. I'm a computer geek and a perfectionist. I don't know much about construction, but I do know that the product(s) work. It took me awhile, but I am totally satisfied with the work I did. If you are doing it yourself, I would suggest using Bloxygen to help save money (search YouTube and Google to buy it online), if you're doing the project over time, and invest in a pack of cheap 100 disposable plastic gloves, because Blue Max is messy and sticky. You can do it without gloves ~ orange goop hand cleaner from Costco works great for quick clean up without water. I also used 17ft long Quick Dam's to clean sections of the roof without disturbing drying times in areas patched. Blue Max itself takes only a few hours to dry depending on weather and thickness applied. If you have money to burn, you can use a roller to apply. I didn't have that luxury so I used a paint brush to apply. It says on the Ames website that it can be applied with either a paint brush or a roller. And that if using a paint brush, the product can be stretched out to cover more area, then if rolled on. You can get a 3 pack of cheap paint brushes at the dollar store :)

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding!!!

        By Burl

        from Western NC

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Easy To Clean
        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Detailed Work
        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

        I had a crawlspace that water would pour into through the block during lengthy periods of rain. I recently applied 2 coats of blue max and a new foundation drain line. During rain the drain line still flows water like crazy but the blue max hasn't allowed a single drop into the crawlspace. Outstanding product! Is everything the company claims.

        Blue max went on extremely easily with a standard masonry coating brush.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does Everything the Manufacturer Claims

        By Bill

        from Parkville, MD

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • durable
        • Easy to apply

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basement Waterproofing

          Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

          Nothing more useless than a leaky basement. My unfinished basement was relativly dry when my wife and I moved in. But before I started to spend the time and money to finish it, I wanted to be sure that all my hard work and cash was not going to be wasted. I couln't think of a worse situatuon than fixing up the basement the way I wanted and then to have it all ruined by water leaks. Blue max was just what I was looking for.

           
          5.0

          Seems to work on cinder block

          By Mike, the do it right the first time man

          from PA

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Easy To Clean
          • Even Paint Distribution

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas
            • Small Areas

            Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

            Sell in one gallon sizes!!!

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Blue Max

            By ljk

            from Everett, WA

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Even Paint Distribution

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas
              • Small Areas

              Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

              Went on easier than expected. Three coats in basement. Top coat of white paint went over the blue nicely. Doesn't feel tacky with top coat over it. Waiting for the rain test. Used throw away painting supplies so clean up was easy. 4 stars only because waiting to see how it seals out rain water.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great product! Would buy again

              By Mark

              from Annapolis, MD

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                    VERY thick; like a slightly runny jelly. Apply w/ the correct roller. Too small a nap and it is hard to apply. Very easy w/ very thick nap (I think I used 3/4"). Coverage is as advertised. Easy to apply!

                    Appears to seal very well. Easily covered gaps under 1/8" inch. Would probably cover 1/4" gaps. Elasticity appears to be as advertised. So far, no moisture through my block wall (although I rarely had any unless large snow melt against foundation-- so hard to be 100% sure it will work---- but it appears it will!)

                    Only con is it is slightly tacky weeks after application (this is as advertised). Not a problem for me; actually makes applying the XPS foam insulation easier...

                    Would buy again- it works (so far- applied 1 month ago) as advertised!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Best product for water proofing

                    By Nelson

                    from Fort lauderdale, Florida

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Ergonomic Grip
                    • Even Paint Distribution
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Detailed Work
                      • Large Areas
                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                      I used it on my mobile home aluminum roof that is 44 years old and was leaking on multiples areas, I did two coats last week and I am waiting for the product to cure before put the last coat with Snow White. Hurricane Isaac came thru and has no leaks at all. Thank you for this excellent product.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very Happy with the Blue Max

                      By Chris Stone

                      from Hopatcong, New Jersey

                      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Clean

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                          We own a 100 year old home, the unfinished basement had water problems and the stone walls were to say the list crumbling, after a few coats of blue max, we had 2 rain storms and NO WATER, we brushed the walls because we could not find an airless sprayer, but it was WORTh every penny and all the labor.. highly recomend, must follow directions, and will use again if we need to water proof any other area in the home..

                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Full Basement

                          By Mason

                          from Ewing, IL

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy application
                          • Extremely durable
                          • Top-Notch Waterproofing

                          Cons

                          • Won't come off ANYTHING

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Small Areas

                          Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                          I had a badly leaking block basement last year. After A LOT of research, I decided to use the Blue Max. I got 25 gallons of regular and 1 gallon of trowel grade to patch up the huge cracks where the mortar had failed and water was pouring in during heavy rain. Took me a day to patch up all the cracks and spray 2 coats on the entire inner basement walls. Since then, I haven't had a bit of water in the basement whatsoever!! This is truly an excellent product and I HIGHLY recommend it. Oh...don't forget the seam tape if you have cracks larger than 1/8". I can't say enough good things about Blue Max!!

                          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Didn't Work for Me

                          By ellas

                          from Denver, CO

                          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Breaks Easily
                            • Deteriorates

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                              I used the product on clean plywood and it did not stick. It has been flaking off and is almost completely gone. It was a huge waste of money. I contacted the company letting them know it did not work as described and they have not responded.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Rain cistern

                              By Spencer

                              from Virginia

                              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Clean

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Large Areas

                                Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                I used this product to coat the inside of a 1200 gallon rain cistern that is used to water my vegetable garden. It was important that the product contained no toxic substances and sealed small cracks. Two years later and after the earthquake that hit N. VA no leaks.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing Product

                                By Jaime Charles

                                from Long Island, NY

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • durable
                                • Easy to apply
                                • Easy To Clean
                                • Easy to use
                                • Even Paint Distribution
                                • Superior product

                                Cons

                                • Minimum 3 coats required

                                Best Uses

                                • Anything below grade
                                • Large Areas

                                Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                As a mechanical engineer, I am always in search of the best quality products for my requirements. I just coated the exterior of a block foundation and used 4 coats of the blue Max. Compared to asphalt damp proofing, this product is in a different league. It is exponentionally better in all categories. I cannot recommend this product enough. I plan to use it on anything that will be in contact with dirt. Fence posts, mailbox post... Etc..

                                 
                                5.0

                                Nice product!

                                By Aaron

                                from Indianapolis

                                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Elastic
                                • Even Paint Distribution

                                Cons

                                • Messy

                                Best Uses

                                • Large Areas
                                • Small Areas

                                Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                Great product. Need minimum of 3 coats and can be time consuming. Hope it holds up and keeps waterproofing for the long haul but seems to be a nice approach

                                 
                                5.0

                                Truly impressive product

                                By Nidal

                                from Milwaukee, WI

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Clean
                                • Even Paint Distribution

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Large Areas

                                  Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                  I used it on my brick basement walls after a power wash and dry. I used 4 coats so I don't need to redo this anytime soon. It took one gallon per 100sf using an extra thick paint roll. Allowed one day to dry between coats. When it all dryed, it looks very robust: thick and homogenous layer, I can't image any water gettingthrough, but that remains to be seen. As of now, I am very satisfied with this product and it is definately worth the money.

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Pretty Cool

                                  By Hoov

                                  from Gloucester City, NJ

                                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Clean
                                  • Even Paint Distribution

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Large Areas

                                    Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                    I coated my basement walls with this product. I haven't had a big rain storm to test it yet but I'll bet it works. Even after a week since I applied it, the surface is rubbery. When applying it, don't worry about putting on too much and having runs, this stuff really clings. There's no smell and the cleanup is easy.

                                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    product works!

                                    By JC

                                    from Lanexa, Va

                                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Large Areas

                                        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                        after the recent flood in basement we tried this product to seal the walls. (check the AMES website for videos and instructions). works as advertised! 3 to 5 coats is a must but well worth the cost. after years of using drylock and other products, this one actually works. Make sure surface is completely dry before using.

                                        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Awesome product

                                        By Jessica

                                        from St. Paul, MN

                                        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Clean
                                        • Even Paint Distribution
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Messy
                                        • Smells strongly

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Large Areas
                                        • Small Areas

                                        Comments about Ames® Blue Max Liquid Rubber Basement Paint (BMX5RG):

                                        This product works! We own a hundred year old house and all the basement problems that go with it. This was the only paint that sealed the crumbling walls and made it water proof. Follow the website directions carefully, walls must be clean, dry and all holes filled. And the paint sprayer is the only way to go. Would use again for any water proofing project.

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