Have you recently got your door replaced? If so, you probably have seen the tell-tale signs of damage that leave you needing some stucco repair. Thankfully, since the damage is limited to the surrounding door, you can expect this stucco repair project to be easy!
Down below, check out how you can start repairing the stucco around your door!
Inspect & Cut Off Excess
Before starting any stucco repair, you must ensure your new door is properly done. You don’t want to waste your time fixing your stucco damages when they might reoccur from issues with your new door. In which case, you want to check that the jamb is secured correctly to the adjacent framing. In addition, if you notice any exposed shims (tapered wedge) or another bracing from your new door, it’s best to cut them off.
Measure & Proper Installation
First, you will want to measure the width between the outer surface of the new door jamb and the edge of the stucco edge. Once done, it allows you to cut a strip of paper-backed stucco lath (backing material) to the proper width using wire snips to cut the wire and paper backing.
Using standard lath furring nails, you will then want to install the paper-backed lath into the space beside the door frame. Furring nails are typically used to level or raise surfaces, ceilings or walls, which you want when repairing the stucco around your door. Meanwhile, you want to keep the lath tight to the space’s sides around the door jamb’s perimeter.
The paper spacer on the furring nails will then go behind the lath wire to hold it away from the paper backing and wood framing. As a result, it should keep the wire positioned within the stucco cement.
Preparing & Applying Stucco
Now you can start preparing the stucco patching mix and follow the instructions that come with it. You can expect the mixture to be rather stiff, like the thickness of peanut butter. Using a trowel, you will apply the stucco mixture by starting at the base of the gap on either side – the gap between the door jamb and the existing stucco edge.
Once you push the mixture into the gap, you want to scrape the surface even with the existing stucco surface and the jamb trim. Ensure you roughen the surface of the installed stucco patching mixture to what you may need. You want to match the existing stucco finish using the wood trowel. Afterwards, let the stucco patch to cure for a minimum of 48 hours before you start to paint.
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