On Sep 19, 9:07 am, email@example.com wrote:
Typically stucco is applied in two coats. The base coat can be a good
quality Type S mortar. The finish coat should be "real" stucco, like
The first coat is called the scratch coat. This is applied to wire,
masonry, plywood, or other surfaces as the first coat. The second coat is
called the color coat, and has the tinting in it to give it the desired
If you want any particular type of finish, like say a peacock tail spread,
or a special pattern with the color coat, then you have to apply a flat
first coat so that the second one flows over the first.
It ain't rocket science, but it IS a cement mixture, and you only have a
while when it is wet, so get your ducks in a row, and know what to do,
because once it starts drying, that's what it's going to look like for a
long long time.
A little studying, Googling, and asking around will save you a lot of work
and heartache later.
And, if possible, watch a pro apply a coat. Just as in drywalling,
you can learn more watching for 5 minutes than any reference will
teach you. The reference material gives you the 'theory', watching
gives the 'how to'.
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