How to Apply Skip Troweled Stucco

Stucco is a finish masonry product used on interior and exterior walls. There are a variety of application procedures, including creating textures by spraying the final coat on the surface for a uniform sandy texture or with the use of trowels for a 3-D effect. Skip troweling leaves the surface with a deeply textured pattern and is achieved with a trowel. Make sure the surface is clean and dry before applying stucco for the best adherence of the finish.

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Get a skip troweled finish with two layers of stucco.

Step 1

Mix stucco according to package directions in a bucket. Use a small stainless steel trowel to mix the stucco thoroughly.

Step 2

Apply a 1/8 inch layer of stucco mix to the surface with a large stainless steel trowel. Apply in smooth, even wide strokes while holding the trowel at a 10-degree angle. Allow to dry according to drying time printed on package.

Step 3

Mix another batch of stucco according to package directions. However, mix to the consistency of pudding by adding water and mixing thoroughly with a small trowel.

Step 4

Work in sections. Dip a stucco Tampico brush into the wet stucco mix. Splatter onto the wall in a random pattern by flicking the brush toward the wall.

Step 5

Allow the stucco to dry on the wall for about 15 minutes. Smooth the tops of the stucco blobs with a large stainless steel trowel. Feather the stucco blobs with random strokes of the trowel to avoid creating a pattern.

Step 6

Repeat for the next section of wall. Feather each section to the previously done sections.


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