Step 9: Put On The Finish Coat

Put On The Finish Coat
Photo: Reena Bammi
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After three days, remove the plastic, mist the patch, and mix up a fresh batch of stucco, following the finish-coat recipe. Different textures require different techniques. To match this wall's original "dash" finish, DiSilva scooped small globs of wet mix onto his brick trowel, then flicked them against the wall until they were flush with the old surface.
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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