Stucco application


I've been looking on the 'net and in here for tips regarding applying stucco. I'm doing an approx 3 x 20 patch over some critter damage repair. After you've applied each coat, scratch, brown - how cured does it have to be to apply the next coat? I keep seeing the concept of keeping it moistened mentioned, but it's not clear if this is always necessary. If I apply and scratch the scratch coast after dark (I'm in Florida), would that still require periodic moistening? Obviously I can't be home all day to keep spraying it down.
Any tips appreciated.
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One day between coats is the norm and all you really have to do is wet it once or twice a day. Most contractors I see don't wet it at all.
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Doc wrote:

3x20 ... inches? feet? If inches, perhaps a tub of ?DAP latex stucco repair would work. We used it on stucco on concrete block (Florida), then painted. Works very nicely. Sanded and unsanded, I believe. Played with it a bit, using stiff scrub brush, to get the surface texture to match.
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repair.
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Amending my earlier statement, about 3 x 10 feet.
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Doc writes:

Cover it with plastic and spray it as often as feasible.
The purpose of the moisture is to maximize the material strength. Hurry-up contractors don't observe this.
One day's cure should be fine between coats. Read the label.
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