|Old Richmond, Virginia stucco building has
been painted, and has a series of sloppy patches over the
years. It is a cool design, and deserves
|Areas under the windows were
never reinforced very good and were loose. Patches are torn
out and walls are chipped about every 2-3 inches to leave
the surface rough and the pores of the old stucco basecoat
open for a good bond.
|A scratch coat is applied using plenty of acrylic in the mortar. We used Flex-con half and half with water in the mortar for good adhesion.||
|Metal lath is nailed on for
reinforcement of the window returns. A two by four is used
to form theoutside corner. 2 by strip is supported using
"legs" made from scrap furring strips.
||Wall is filled to the strips
and straightened around
Two by four form is removed forming a neat, straight line. Bottom of window return is filled, and holes left by the legs are filled, too.
Next step is to true up the bands.
|Here a string line is pulled
across the front of the building to align the bands and to
form a straight line.
||One by sixes are set using
the string line.
The one by sixes proved to be the perfect width for this.
|The bands are all formed and
the edges filled at the same time. After the one by's are
pulled off, we have a nice straight band.
||Bands are finished first.
Grey color is made using white portland and white sand and black paint colorant from Sherwin Williams. These colors are organic and non toxic.
|Finish is "Colonnade" Color 258 is from Expo stucco in San Diego. We used our own recipe of White portland, lime, and silica sand for crack resistance, color retention and strength.||Numbers for address are cast using the "colonnade" mortar. Jaime cut wood numbers in his shop to make the molds.|
Numbers are stuck using the finish mortar with pure Flex-con and no water for strong adhesion.
Here the numbers are supported using two nails each until the mortar sets up.
|Coping, (flashing on the top of a parapet wall is called coping) is bent using my metal brake, and installed on the finished wall. Coping is essential to ensure the wall will last. Stucco will last forever as long as no water gets behind the stucco.|
|Panel surrounding the numbers is taped off and finish coated. The finish is thick enough to embed the numbers, making sure they will never come off.||Another beautiful stucco
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