What’s the difference between a two-step and three step stucco application method?

by | Sep 6, 2017 | Building & Construction, Stucco

Depending on the parameters of the project, stucco application can involve either two or three steps.

Two-step stucco application involves a scratch coat, which is applied with a trowel and creates a rough layer of stucco that the second coat, the brown coat, can bond to. The brown coat is smoother and creates a more appealing surface texture than the scratch coat alone.

The three-step stucco application method begins with the scratch and brown coats, but adds an additional coat for color. The color coat allows customers to choose a color other than the basic natural stucco color.

How does the application method affect tape? The main difference between the two methods is the duration of the project. A three-step job could take up to 30 days to complete, meaning that the tape would be exposed to the elements and fluctuating temperatures for much longer than it would be for a two-step job, which might last closer to 14 days. It would be more difficult for a tape used in a three-step job to retain its clean removal properties due to the duration of the job, so it is important to consider the stucco method being used when selecting a tape.

For more information on what to look for in a stucco tape, click here.

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Glenn Walter

About The Author

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.