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How is tape used in stucco work?

by | Jan 4, 2017 | Stucco

You may not be aware that tape is an important tool used in exterior stucco application. Applying stucco involves carefully spreading plaster across an exterior surface with a metal trowel, almost like wide painter’s strokes. Just like with painting, it is important to mask off edges of surfaces that you want to avoid contact with.

Stucco composite can damage windows and frames if it accidentally comes in contact with it during the application process, so contractors make sure to mask them off using a tape that is specifically designed to keep a strong hold against plaster and stay strong through intense sunlight and fluctuating temperatures. It is also important for the tape to be able to hold up heavy plastic sheeting that is used to keep windows and other surfaces clean and protected while stucco is being applied. Additionally, tape is used to create a watertight seal to protect surfaces not meant to get wet, as one of the steps in stucco application involves applying a light spray of water over the stucco surface to help it set.


From duct tapes to polyethylene masking tapes, there are many tapes to choose from. Learn more about Shurtape’s stucco tape offering at Shurtape.com.

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As a Regional Sales Manager for Shurtape Technologies, LLC, Glenn Walter manages the sales force for half the country in the HVAC and Electrical markets. As a product manager for over four years previous to his current role, Glenn was responsible for leading the product development and marketing support for the Building and Construction Tapes category. Glenn started working with Shurtape in 2012. Before that, he owned construction and framing companies with his brothers. The years he spent on the jobsite helped him create a pretty good foundation in the building and construction fields – so he's been there, done that. It gives him a unique perspective when it comes to tape. Glenn is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Economics and Housing.