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Re: interior stucco

Posted By: Phil
Friday, 6 July 2001, at 11:08 a.m.

In Response To: interior stucco (Lisa)

Stucco is plaster with a cement base that is typically applied in three layers over framed and solid walls. Pigment may be mixed in or stucco can be painted. Stucco can be finished with a variety of textures, including smooth, raked, and swirled. For an extra coarse finish, sand or even pebbles can be mixed in. Different kinds of cement are used in the stucco mixture depending on the climate and texture desired. Stucco can be applied over some existing surfaces such as concrete block, or reapplied over older stucco. Stucco is usually applied over a base of wire mesh, wooden-slat spacers, building paper, and plywood sheathing. The stucco may be troweled on by hand or sprayed on. Before applying the second and third coats, you must wait a day or two for the previous layer to dry. After applying the final layer, keep it moist for a few days so it can cure (allowing it to dry too quickly reduces its strength). Ater reading this, you will realize that applying stuco to a wall is a professional job. However, you may buy artificial stucco panels which you can nail onto exiting wall. If you have access to the web, enter the word 'stucco' in your browser to find out more about contractors who work with stucco. If you apply stucco to the walls in your den, be aware that the wall will increase in its thickness. Have you considered texturing the walls? This is a much easier and cheaper process that you can do yourself. The paint stores have a variety of texturing tools which you can use to create shapes on your walls.

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