Applying mosaics to stucco walls

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Old 02-11-09, 08:32 AM
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Question Applying mosaics to stucco walls

Hi, I have an outside, ugly stucco wall that I would like to improve by applying mosaics (a combination of tile, glass, stone, etc..) and I am not sure how to do this. Can someone please tell me what materials I would need? I live in PA so the wall is exposed to the winter elements. Thanks in advance,
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Old 02-11-09, 02:11 PM
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What is the finish? Smooth, rough, painted, etc.
 
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Old 02-12-09, 08:06 PM
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The stucco is a painted rough surface. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-09, 08:08 PM
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You will have to remove the paint totally, then you can use thinset.
 
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Old 02-13-09, 01:09 PM
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Thanks. Will I need to apply any type of sealant after the mosaics are set?
 
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You should, either a surface or a penetrating one. Surface if you want wet look, penetrating if you don't.
 
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OK, thanks. What do you recommend I use to remove the paint from the stucco wall? I forgot to ask you. Also, do I have to use grout in between my mosaic tiles, stones, glass pieces? Just wondering. And is "thinset" a type of mortar with adhesive? Can I buy it at Home Depot?
 
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It will depend upon the paint, but nothing short of a sand blaster is going to do it easily. A wire wheel on a grinder will do it, but it will take a while.

Yes you will want to grout the joints and yes, big box stores sell thinset in the tile dept.
 
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Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your helpful information!!! : )
 
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Mosaic on stucco

Mosaic on stucco

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Actually I have a further question for tscarborough...

I have a stucco home. The stucco is lightly textured and the color is in the stucco itself. How do I go about adhering glass and ceramic tiles in a freeform mosaic design? It will be under a covered porch. Only line driven rain would get to it and that is rare.
 
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The same way; thinset will work just fine.
 
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