Examples of stucco designs include the cat face texture, dash finish and lace textures. Sand and float finishes are also available, as well as smooth finishes.
Cat face texture in stucco is fairly smooth, but has unsymmetrical, rough areas throughout. Synthetic and tradition stucco are appropriate to create this texture, but two coats of finish are always applied. The stucco used is fine or medium. While it can be troweled or sprayed, the final design is finished by hand.
The stucco dash finish can vary in texture. For a fine grit, a small amount of stucco and a large amount of air pressure are applied. Medium grits have even amounts of both, while heavy textures include more stucco than air. This finish is easily patched when repairs are warranted, but it does have a rough texture after drying.
The most common stucco texture is lace. It is typically placed by hand, but it can also be sprayed on and flattened with a trowel. Either stucco or acrylic can be used to form lace texture, but acrylic does not provide the depth of stucco. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is able to hide wall imperfections.
Sand and float finishes need only one coat and are considered the easiest of the stucco applications. It comes in finishes of fine, medium and coarse grit, and it can be created with traditional or synthetic stucco.
Smooth finishes are harder to accomplish, as they are applied by hand with a swimming pool trowel, but they are easy to clean. Colors can be added to the finish to make it look mottled. However, patching repairs on smooth finishes proves difficult, and they crack easier than other stucco finishes.