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SERVICE OVERVIEW

Sand Finish Render Overview:

Sand Finish Rendering was the most popular choice of Perth Builders up until 5-10 years ago when Acrylic Texture coating came in as an option.

When you drive around and see rendered homes and walls, 90% of the time you’ll be looking at Sand Finish.

Now days, Sand Finish Render is still a popular option for a very small percentage of builder of Perth Builders, mainly because once painted, Sand Finish render costs about 10-20% less then Acrylic Texture Coating. 

I find that about half of my customers opt for Sand Finish Render so they can paint the walls themselves and save some money on hiring a painter.

There’s nothing wrong with Sand Finish Render as long as it’s done correctly, cured and there is enough time left to dry before painting.

Application:

  1. Mix is mixed in a cement mixer.
  2. Mix is applied to walls 12-14mm thickness with a hawk and trowel.
  3. Walls are “screeded” flat using straight aluminium lengths.
  4. Once the walls are flattened this is called “float coat”.
  5. Now, using a special water spray guy that produces a fine mist, we wet the walls.
  6.  Then, we “float” the walls with a large flat “float” tool that further flattens the walls and creates a more uniform surface.
  7. We then wet the walls again and finish off with a sponge to give the “Sand Finish” look.
  8. The walls are now ready for painting.

Sand Finish Render mix is made from Sand, Cement and Lime. This ratio is mixed exactly at 6 part sand, 1 part cement, 0.5 lime.

Where Plasterer’s commonly go wrong with Sand Finish:

  • Use smaller quantities of cement and lime in the mix to save costs, resulting in weak render.
  • Not using a specialist spray gun, wetting the walls too much which producing a rough finish.
  • Not wetting the walls again at the end of the day to cure the render (so it doesn’t crack)
  • Using old tools that produce a bad finish.
  • leaving rough corners, too round or too square.
  • “Free Hand Ruling”, instead of using straight edges and levels.

Advantages of Sand Finish Render:

  • Cheaper the Acrylic Texture Coating.
  • Able to save costs by DIY painting.

Disadvantages:

  • No flexibility. If there is house movement cracks will show.
  • Visible “V” joints. We have to cut fine lines where the render meets the eaves, windows and doors.
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