Last weekend I helped my dad stucco a wall in their backyard. I can not believe what an improvement it made! I really love the look of a stucco wall. The finish is antique and cultural in its own way however the fiberglass in the cement mixture adds super strength to the wall. I was really impressed with this product. Some of the main features include:
- Waterproofing and strengthening block walls without mortar
- Rehabilitating existing walls with a water-resistant and decorative coating
We used QuickWall surface bonding cement by Quickrete. You can buy this product at your local Lowes or HomeDepot. We added some dye to the mix to achieve a warmer color and the results were amazing! Last year their wall was starting to tilt and fall. This has been a huge project! They are finally at the finished stages with this last step of stuccoing the wall.
Quick Wall- Surface Bonding Cement by Quickrete
Stainless steel flat trowel for spreading the concrete
Aluminum Hawk– (To hold your stucco up to the wall before you spread it with the trowel)
Hoe- To mix the cement
Concrete or cement dyes if desired.
Step 1: Add water and Dye (if you choose) to the bottom of the plastic tub. Just about 1″ of water and make sure to follow the dye directions and measure precisely. You will want to make sure you are using the same amount for the next batch you mix so the color matches. (This is hard to do, using dyes can be tricky)
Step 2: Use a hose to dampen the wall. This will make it easier to spread the mixture.
Step 3: Mix, mix, and mix some more! The fiberglass in the QuickWall makes mixing significantly tougher than concrete because it is heavier and more dense. You will want to add water as you go just be sure that your finished mixture is not runny. It should be about the consistency of peanut butter. (only its super heavy)
Step 4: With your trowel scoop and dollop of your mixture onto your hawk. (I found it easier to use less of the mixture so I could work quicker without my arm getting wobbly and tired)
Step 5: Place the hawk up to the wall so the edge is touching the wall and spread the mixture upward against the wall.
*Always try to apply the mixture in an upward sweeping motion. (you will see why)
Repeat these steps until your area is finished. I recommend having two people so it is easier to take brakes and keep working. I hope this is helpful! It was difficult at first but after you get it down its really rewarding to see the progress.