Step 5: Mix The Stucco

Mix The Stucco
Photo: Reena Bammi
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Following the first-coat recipe, stir up a batch of stucco, using a wheelbarrow as a mixing bowl. The acrylic bonding agent added to this mix improves the adhesion of the new stucco to the old.
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    Tools List

    • drywall knife
      4-inch drywall knife,
      used to scrape off loose stucco
    • wire brush
      Wire brush,
      for cleaning scraped wall surfaces
    • flat blade shovel
      Shovel,
      used to mix stucco
    • wheelbarrow
      Mortar trough or wheelbarrow,
      for mixing stucco
    • plaster hawk
      Hawk,
      used to hold stucco while working
    • mason's trowel
      Trowel,
      for applying stucco to wall
    • rubber float
      Rubber float,
      used to smooth stucco patch

    Shopping List

    1. Portland cement
    one 94-lb. bag

    2. Brick or Mason’s sand

    3. Hydrated lime

    4. Acrylic bonding agent

    5. Builder’s paper
    Grade D

    6. Plastic sheeting

    7. Expanded metal lath
    (aka diamond mesh)

    8. Duct tape