Once I perfected the technique I taught the others and they helped to smooth the final white coat as we work. By having a single person responsible for the final smoothing we get a more consistent result.
Others, such as Ben who is hidden behind, apply the green coat and then the white coat with one person following along to smooth it all out. This is a detailed finishing job and it is best to have one person develop the touch, doing it all the same so as to give the walls and ceilings a consistent look.
Later after the plaster has passed at least its seven day cure Ben will lead the crew doing the grinding. The result are hard coated, low maintenance, nearly indestructible walls and ceilings. The high thermal mass just like we have in our cottage stores heat or coolth as needed which saves energy.
After getting the walls, floors and ceilings fully cured to 28 days some will get stained such as in the bathroom. This is a chemical reaction with the concrete that creates a permanent coloring.
A few days after staining we’ll be able to give the final coating of polyurea. I’m about to do that in the laundry. Up until now I’ve been doing test patches. This will be the first time I’ve done a whole room. The laundry is my practice for doing the bathroom. The bathroom is my practice for doing iCutter, where we really need the total surface seal for sanitary purposes and to protect the concrete from the acids we will use in cleaning the rooms.
Practice, practice, practice makes perfect.
Outdoors: 31°F/4°F 2″ Snow
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/59°F
Daily Spark: If you do nothing else, plant apple trees every year.