Everything You Want To Know About Mixing and Applying Stucco.
For as simple as Stucco is, there is a lot to know about applying stucco as well as the many uses for it. Here we offer various articles or guides about working with Stucco: from what is stucco? How to apply stucco, mix designs, and more.
What is Stucco:
Stucco is typically a cement, sand and lime mix with water. This would also be referred to as traditional stucco,1 or 3 coat stucco, or straight cement plaster . Normally, we consider stucco as referring to a durable exterior coating. Plaster is a more generic term for a plastic (wet) material that is used for coating and finishing a wall that will harden over time. This can be with a base of cement but might also include clay earth, Gypsum papercrete or many other things. Although the distinction is blurry, many people think of stucco as exterior stucco siding and plaster as an interior finish.
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There are two ways to apply stucco. Either by hand with a hawk and trowel, or by a tool like a mortar sprayer. When troweling by hand, the learning curve can slow things down and the labor involved is greater. Hand troweling also takes more time. The beauty of our tool is the ease of use while saving time and labor. There is virtually no learning curve! You scoop and spray. The the amount of square feet covered can be comparable to 6 experienced plasterers with a hawk and trowel. This feature is really great for larger projects like a strawbale house or a stucco fence.