How To: Apply Stucco

Do as the contractors do in order to ensure quality results the next time that you apply stucco.

By Bob Vila | Updated Feb 7, 2018 12:53 PM

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Here are the steps professionals follow to apply a stucco finish. After installing a 15-pound felt moisture barrier on the side wall, nail on wire-key lath, which looks like chicken wire. Next, apply a 3/8-inch-thick scratch coat. When cured, apply the textured brown coat. The 1/8-inch color coat goes on last.

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Stucco 101
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