Guidelines for Basic Restucco Projects
A traditional restucco application is a multiphase process consisting of surface preparation like power washing or repair and a basic skim coat application. The latter can either be a “skim coat” brown coat to “plumb” out the surface or an acrylic modified base coat like “FoamTek(TM).” This should be introduced to create a perfectly level substrate for the new color application and finish. The following steps outline how we do it:
Phase 1: Scaffold Installation. Based on project size, our licensed installers need 1-2 days to install the scaffold staging.
Phase 2: Preparation. We “mask” doors, windows, walkways, driveways, and fences. Any repairs should be done before power washing to prevent the water from breaching any “exposed” framing.
Phase 3: Power Washing. This is a messy business, so it’s good to speak to neighbors about it a few days early. You’ll then want to close windows, move cars, and rearrange anything within a 25’ radius.
Phase 4: Skim Coat Application. Based on the age and quality of the previous application, power washing can have a varied effect. Some homes come out with the base coat barely scratched, while some end up with a new, uneven substrate. This has to be fixed before the final color-coat by applying a fresh, fiber-reinforced brown skim coat or an acrylic modified base coat like Omega’s FoamTek. We recommend a full “skim” coat application over the entire property. This guarantees a plumb, uniform substrate, the most crucial component to stucco finish.
Phase 5: Curing Period. Curing takes 2 days for a FoamTek application and 7 days for a full brown coat application.
Phase 6: Finish and Cleanup. Based on project size, our crew spends at least half a day on cleanup.