A Look At Different Stucco Finishes
It might come as a surprise to you that there are hundreds of recognized types of stucco finishes that are available. Applying these finishes to your home or project would require that you take a little bit of time in order to review how the finish is achieved. This is not only the case whenever it comes to the way that the tools will be moved, it is also true when it comes to the specific mixture that many of these finishes utilize. There may also be some variations in the type of stucco finishes and there may be some duplicate names, even though the finishes are quite different.
The first thing that you're going to need to know is the mixture that is utilized for applying these various stucco finishes. At times, it will require a lighter mixture in order for it to float a little bit easier. At other times, you are going to want a heavy mixture in order to be able to get the lift on many of these tools that you will be using. The real test of this, however, it's going to be whenever you are actually applying exterior stucco to the wall. If you're not confident in what you're doing, it will be hard to have a consistent finish.
That is why it is a good idea for you to take a little bit of time to practice the finish before you begin applying it to your home. If you have the space for it, try building an 8 foot square wall out of studs and concrete wall board. You can then begin testing your hand until you're really comfortable with the overall finish. If necessary, continue to float a new sub layer on to the wall and then practice the finish layer again. Eventually, you will feel comfortable with what you're doing.
If I can give you one piece of advice, it would be to choose the right type of tools for the job. There are specific tools that are available in order to apply stucco properly. Many homeowners try to get away with using drywall finishing tools, and although it is possible to apply stucco with these, you're not going to get the true look that you are after. If necessary, rent the tools from a local hardware store. Do not try to get by using tools that are not really for the job that you're doing.
Once you have the stucco finishes applied to your home, you can begin applying the paint to it as well. This is something that will also require the right type of tools. For example, you would want the nap of the roller to be thick enough in order to compensate for the thickness of the finished stucco. At times, you could get the thickest nap roller that is possible and it would still just be enough in order to cover it adequately. Don't try to use a thin nap roller, as it will take you too many coats and you will end up with an uneven job.