Installing stucco can be a do-it-yourself project, especially if the area to which the stucco needs to be applied is small and can be covered in an afternoon. The process for applying stucco is relatively easy. Follow these steps to ensure that you have a beautiful new surface, be it a wall, a ceiling, or even the outside of your home.
1. Clean the Area of Application
First, thoroughly clean the area where you are going to apply the stucco. If you're going to be applying it to the outside of your house, use a hose to wash off any dirt. Otherwise, use a sponge and warm water.
2. Measure the Area of Application
Take a tape measure and measure the area that you are going to have to cover. It is very common to run out of stucco midway through the application process, and very frustrating, because it will make it difficult to ensure that the stucco is even. In order to avoid this, make sure that you have the area that you want to cover accurate. Look at the area that each bag of stucco covers and purchase enough to make sure that you cover the entire area. Consider purchasing one or two extra bags.
3. Wrap the Area of Application
Then, wrap the area of application with builder's paper, which can be purchased at a hardware store. Then, add a layer of stucco lath to the paper. Stucco lath is essentially a wire, metal, or fiberglass framework that allows you to put pressure on the stucco and bond it cleanly to the wall. If you're running over budget, consider using chicken wire instead.
4. Mix the Stucco
Follow the instructions for mixing the stucco that are on the bag.
5. Apply the Stucco
Scoop up some of the mixed stucco onto a trowel and then begin to apply it to the wrapped wall, using medium, circular motions. Once the stucco has been applied to an area, you can push on the lath to force the stucco to bond. Continue working until you have covered the entire surface in several layers. If you allow the stucco to set before you are done applying it to the entire wall or ceiling, it will look uneven.
6. Rake the Stucco
Finally, take a rake and scratch patterns into your stucco. Go online for ideas.
If you follow these steps, your surface will be beautiful in no time. For professional help in this project, contact a company like Busko Construction.
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