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In order to plaster the exterior you will need to prepare a plaster mix using Portland Cement, Sand and Lime. For the overall square footage and to do two coats, you will need 2 bags of cement, 8-10 bags of sand and 1 bag of lime. For each coat, you want to mix 1 bag of cement 4-5 bags of sand and 1/2 bag of lime and then add water to make the mix the consistency of toothpaste. Be careful with you sand and water mixing in because you do not want it too watery. Regarding your colors between white/beige/gray -- you can ask the clerks at Home Depot, Lowes or where you get your supplies to assist you with the colors for the mix -- the tints are sold everywhere.
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If I were to get the sand by the ton what would I get its cheaper than bags and how many bags of white stucco would I need or do they sell colored stucco?Can I go directly over block or do i need plaster lath?
Hello again Jerry --
I apologize for the delay -- I was offline for a while.
Regarding the sand, it would be cheaper by the ton and I think that about a half ton should do it. But sand is only about $1.50-$2.00 a bag anyway. If you are using stucco it will be about 18 bags but it is more expensive (you can get many colors including white -- just ask the clerk). You can go directly over the block but my suggestion is to use the lathe as it will not crack as quickly as going directly on the block.
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