Is a Stucco Spray Gun the Same as a Render Spray Gun
Stucco and Render can mean the same things depending on where you are in the world.
Most commonly stucco is a term used in North America to describe an interior or exterior cement plaster wall covering. It is usually a mix of sand, Portland cement, lime, and water, but may also include any number of additives to alter the properties of the stucco including fibers and synthetic acrylics that add strength and flexibility. Stucco may also be used to refer to a type of textured finish ( a stucco finish).
A stucco finish will usually be a textured rough cast finish of the sand cement and this textured finish can also be achieved a variety of ways depending on the look and feel required.
Cement Render is a term that can be applied to the same material finish and is more commonly used in Australia and some other countries and describes the use of Portland cement and sand and could also include lime and possibly a range of other additives much the same as stucco.
A wall may be covered in a cement render with a stucco finish. This defines the finish as a textured finish as opposed to a smooth plaster finish.
Render, plaster, stucco is mixed by hand or a cement mixer. It can be applied by hand trowel or stucco spray gun. A stucco gun is commonly used for this purpose and will usually be screened to a level plane on the wall. The level plane can then be trowelled smooth and sponge finished to give a relatively smooth sand/cement looking finish. On top of the smooth surface is applied a textured by a number of means depending on the look required
The Advantages of Stucco or Cement Render
Stucco, or Portland Cement Plaster, is a low-cost finish that is strong and durable and can be used in a wide variety of climates. It is also versatile and can be used over concrete, concrete masonry, brick, wood frame or steel frame. It can be colored by adding pigments or oxides or painted and is also fire resistant.
As we have previously discussed it can also be textured, altogether making a very versatile material.
Can You Apply Stucco or Cement Rendering Yourself
Yes, you can apply it yourself but is probably wise to get in some practice and do your research specific to your application.
Although the application of Stucco and Render may appear a simple procedure, it needs to be prepared for and applied and finished in a particular way to avoid bulging, separating, cracking or allowing moisture through to timber frames causing rotting. It is therefore recommended that rather than attempting to apply this yourself that you call in professionals who can ensure that the stucco is correctly applied according to standards laid out by the regulating organizations. When stucco is correctly applied to a sound substrate it will last for many years with very little maintenance
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