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Medium Dash Stucco

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The Four Most Common Stucco Textures:

As stucco grows in popularity as a common choice for many peoples homes. We start to notice some common trends in what the market has to offer. There is a wide variety of stucco textures available for stucco walls, yet in recent months we’ve noticed that the 4 most common stucco textures being implemented in the market today are:

  • Float Finish
  • Dash Finish
  • Lace Finish
  • Scraped Finish
  1. Float Texture/Finish: This Finish commonly offered in todays market looks almost as if there were grains of sand on your stucco walls.

This Float Stucco Texture / Finish has different variations:

a) Fine Sand Float

Fine Sand Float Stucco textures

Fine Sand Float Stucco

b) Medium Sand Float and

Medium Sand Float Stucco textures

Medium Sand Float Stucco

C) a heavy sand float

Heavy Sand Float Stucco textures

Heavy Sand Float Stucco

This Float finish on your stucco wall is caused by a circular motion, rubbing the surface with a float in order to create a uniformed pattern all throughout the wall, bringing the sand particles to the surface.

TIP: For this Stucco Texture/Finish try to use a minimal amount of water.

2. Dash Texture/Finish: Is a rough stucco finish with small sharply define peaks sticking out.

This Dash Stucco Texture/Finish has different variations:

a) Light Dash

Light Dash Stucco textures

Light Dash Stucco

b) Medium Dash 

Medium Dash Stucco textures

Medium Dash Stucco

c) Heavy Dash

Heavy Dash Stucco textures

Heavy Dash Stucco

d) Tunnel Dash

Tunnel Dash Stucco textures

Tunnel Dash Stucco

e) Knockdown Dash

Knockdown Dash Stucco textures

Knockdown Dash Stucco

In previous years this dash stucco texture use to be achieved by hand, however more recently application through spray (hopper gun) has increased in popularity. The stucco texture changes from fine to heavy as a the ratio of material and air is adjusted. For example to achieve a fine dash one must use more air then material when spraying. For Heavy Dash one must use more material then air.

Tunnel Dash: Apply two coats on two separate consecutive days. Use less air and more material; Also use less water then usual when preparing the plaster.

Knockdown Dash: Apply two coats, the first one must be a thin coat yet enough to cover the entire area. On the second coat focus on texture depth, uniformity and allow some of the first thin coat to show through. Once the moisture surface has dried you should follow up by troweling the area lightly.


3. Lace Finish/Texture:  This laced texture is a very common style in residential and commercial stucco. Mainly due to its inherent ability to hide imperfections. However, although loved by many for its competitive pricing this type of stucco texture is not usually preferred on higher end homes.

Lace Stucco textures

Lace Stucco Texture


4. Scraped Finish/ Texture: Many consider the scraped stucco texture the smoothest option out of all the common ones. This texture is achieved by smoothing a steel tool on the stucco.


Scraped Stucco textures

Scraped Stucco Finish


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1 Comment

  1. Loren says:

    That’s way more clever than I was exgpitcne. Thanks!

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