08:06PM | 10/08/04
Member Since: 10/07/04
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I want to apply a fieldstone treatment over existing stucco/brickface. (Stucco treated/cut & colored to appear as brick).

My question is: can I use the existing stucco as my scratch coat? The "mortar joints" are about 1/4" deeper than the surface of the "bricks." Will this give sufficient room/support for the new mortar's fingers? Or do I have to apply new, deeper scratches, drill holes, or remove the old stucco and lath altogether?

Glenn Good

05:25PM | 10/12/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
320 lifetime posts
It would be better if you install wire lath over the stucco first. Use self-furring lath and be sure to attach it into the studs, through the stucco, for proper support. Use non-corrosive fasteners made of stainless steel or hot dipped galvanized. (Do not use aluminum fasteners because dissimilar metals in direct contact will corrode.)


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