|Back when stucco was stucco an ornate cast
cement panel was put on. No, we didn't re-coat it.
||Columns and decorative bands were
|You may have seen our method for
re-surfacing painted stucco. We first chip the wall into
the basecoat using electric chipping hammers.
||The wall is chipped into the old basecoat
about every three inches or so allowing a good bond with
the new mortar.
More details on this method on Stucco News.
Wall is chipped up and the loose paint is scraped
|A bonding coat is put on first using
an acrylic admixture for adhesion. I plan to testify on TV for flex-con one day. It not only makes mortar a stong adhesive, it more than doubles the strength of cement mortar.
The surface is roughed up using a float.
|All our chimneys have a
band at the top for a drip edge. The original chimney
didn't, but we did it anyway. The drip edge extends the
life of the chimney by preventing so much water from
running down. Water wears a lot, look at the Grand
Canyon for example.
||All our chimneys have
coins stuck in the top for a time capsule. Here is a
Wisconsin quarter and
a Quetzal, a coin from Guatemala.
|Spanish tile roof is
scaffolded by using sand bags.
They are under the plastic, so take my word for it.
The sand bags are another mystic stucco secret.
If you walk on tile without sand bags they will break.
|Color cement finish is put
on and rubbed with a float.
|Finished front. We did the right
side last year,
the left 3 years ago, and the terrace 5 years ago.
We'll do the back next year or maybe this year
and we'll be done.
I used La Habra 53 for the other sides, but this
time I got Expo Stucco to cross reference the La Habra color. The color lab at Expo has been incredibly helpful to our work.