Working With Synthetic Stucco: What To Know Working With Synthetic Stucco: What To Know
Using synthetic stucco is a quick and easy method to side a home. Follow these techniques to complete a successful project.
Step 1 – Use Pre-mixed Product
Synthetic stucco is applied in two coats – a base and a finish. It is convenient to purchase pre-mixed product to save time.
Step 2 – Install Insulation Board
Use a one-inch insulation board that is fiber based to avoid having to put mesh over it. Install the board with ceramic screws and plastic washers.
Step 3 – Protective Coat
Apply a layer of base coat after installing the insulation board. Work plastic mesh into the base coat with a knife and let dry overnight.
Step 4 – Base Coat
Apply a ½ inch base coat over the entire surface area allowing 24 hours to dry.
Step 5 – Finish Coat
Once the base coat is thoroughly dried, apply a thin finish coat, Once this layer begins to set you can pattern it using a trowel flat against the surface area.
Step 6 – Install Trim
Keep in mind that the finish coat needs ample time to dry before you can install trim and molding.
Always use rubber gloves when working with synthetic stucco. Hose away any excessive stucco before it hardens.