Smooth stucco walls by steel troweling the applied stucco.
Tip folks, one can only trowel down stucco, which has sand in it so smooth. Likewise, it does not matter how strong a person’s arm is. Similarly, a two-coat system can only be so smooth.
Now take interior plaster, which anyone can towel down smooth as a baby butt or like glass.
A man’s got to know his limitations.
And his materials.
READ BELOW WHY HAIRLINE CRACKS HAPPEN TO WOOD WALLS, SOMETIMES!
I mention hairline cracking. This usually occurs because the plywood and the studs below the stucco expand when the sun beats down on it for several hot days, which can cause the stucco to hairline a bit, especially on (green) plywood wood-frame walls.
This does not apply to concrete walls, cinder blocks, or brick walls, as these don’t usually expand and or shrink with the hot sun bearing down on them.
This video explains the steps necessary to apply a hard steel trowel finish with a two-coat system.
Keep in mind, folks, when you steel trowel a two-coat finish, you seal the two coats’ porous surface. This can cause excessive hairline cracking (technical stuff)
Usually, not anything that a good quality paint can’t flood or bridge.
Hard Steel Trowel Finish in cement plaster walls, smooth stucco walls, DIY plaster networks, Application of a Hard Steel Trowel Finish.
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