Most of the time, people buy a ready-mixed stucco but did you know that you can make your own mix? Using a few substances you can make a mix of stucco to use for your own home project. Below are the simple and straightforward method of mixing stucco.
3 Ways to Mix Your Stucco
Using a barrel mixer or a mortar mixer
There are two different types of mixers. The one which spins and typically used for concrete is called a barrel mixer. The second one has paddles for mixing the cement which is usually called a paddle or mortar mixer.
A mortar mixer mixes up the base coat very well due to its paddles that whip the mud around. But careful not to use it for concretes are this type of mixer cannot handle rocks.
You can find the barrel type mixers at any home improvement stores but the variants are quite limited to nonexistent. However, you can look up online to find a wide range of options with good quality and reasonable price. Just make sure that if you’re usually working with big surfaces, invest in a larger one that can handle a good amount of materials all at once.
Using a bucket, paddle, and a drill
This versatile mixing method is ideal for smaller applications. It utilizes a 5-gallon bucket and a special mixing drill with a mixing attachment. This can also mix up just about any type of stuccoes such as base coat, finish coat, tile grout, concrete, and epoxies. This one is less expensive than a barrel or mortar mixers.
You can find this in any home improvement store or online. It is better to look online first due to a large selection of options and much affordable pricing.
Using a wheelbarrow and hoe
This mixing method works very well and is pretty self- explanatory. You can use mason’s hoes for mixing and spreading concretes, plaster, and mortar or you can also use a standard hoe or a shovel though they can be a little tougher and time-consuming. A wheelbarrow works better for mixing and has a less tendency to tilt in the process.
Mixing the Stucco
To mix the main part of your stucco, pour one five-gallon bucket of fine clean sand into your wheelbarrow.
Pour a gallon of hydrated lime into your wheelbarrow mix. Hydrated lime is a kind of lime that has been water treated to produce calcium hydroxide. It is often used in gardens to help raise the pH levels. It also has a powdery nature so avoid breathing the airborne dust.
Pour a quarter of Portland cement and stir the dry mixture well using your hoe. Make sure that you have achieved the right consistency before adding on water because each substance reacts uniquely when mixed with water.
Slowly add some water. Simultaneously switch off your hose and mix everything together using a pushing and pulling motion with your hoe. If you still find some lump of dry powder, try adding more water and mix thoroughly. Just avoid pouring an excessive amount of water to prevent loose or watery mixture. Stir until you achieve the consistency of pudding.
Maintain the moisture of your mixture by sprinkling a little amount of water when you see that the mixture is hardening before you finish your application.