How to Install Stucco

Widely known to homeowners, stucco is a popular choice among exterior or even interior finishes. Its main components are water, Portland cement, sand, and lime. Doing this will require patience, as it needs quite a lot of time and attention. However, all efforts will be worth it as you see how good it looks in your house.

Here are steps to help you do stucco on your home:

Preparation

When planning to stucco a wall, you have to remove anything on it. Then, remove furniture around the area. Cover the floor, pavement, or unmovable object with cloth secured with painter’s tape. 

You may pressure wash exterior walls, but if you are applying stucco inside, use a sponge and warm water with detergent. Get rid of dirt, dust, and grime. Rinse it thoroughly and allow it to dry. 

Next, mask off windows and other fixtures. Ensure that they are applied properly, so the result will look as professional as it can be. Then, fill holes and cracks with spackling compound and let them cure for at least 8 hours. 

Now, you have to prepare the wall. For concrete or brick walls, you must use a bonding agent, while wood walls will need nail roofing felts or stucco wraps and gauge metal netting.

Application

For interior, you might want to use textured stucco paint for an easier and cleaner job. Ask your paint dealer for help, as stucco paint will require more materials than regular paint jobs. For exterior jobs, you may want to choose sand stucco. You may also mix the stucco yourself with the ratio 4:12:1, cement, sand, and lime. Make sure that you get the correct consistency.

Experiment on a scrap piece of wood on what texture you want to achieve. Try using a trowel, sponge, roller, or brush. When you are ready, you may apply the scratch coat.

The first layer is usually applied to the wire mesh. Make sure that you apply it evenly and carefully. Force it through the mesh and spread it until it reaches a thickness of 3/8 inch. Scratch the surface and make ridges after it stiffens a bit. That is to make sure that the next layer will adhere properly.

After the first layer finishes curing for 2 days, you may now apply the brown coat. Keep it moist so you can work easily. After filling the wall, use a darby or feather edge to smooth it. Wait for it to dry for at least one week.

For the final layer, spread it to a thickness of 1/8 inch. Then, you may use different materials and techniques to give it the texture you want. You may use a sponge, trowel, brush, or others. After that, let it cure for several days. You may paint it after six weeks. 

Your stuccoed home will surely satisfy you when it is finished. Ensure that you use the proper materials to do a great job. Be patient and don’t hurry. Take the time you need for the stucco, and you will get the result you want.