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Install Cultured Stone on an Interior Wall

Updated:2014-06-17 10:53:00
One of many types of look-alike products sold on the market, cultured stone is a manmade material manufactured to resemble natural stones. A lightweight material with enhanced durability combined with a price that is generally less than actual stone, cultured stone can be used for exterior as well as interior installations. Unlike natural stones that require specialized methods, tools and experienced to install, any do-it-yourselfer with the proper tools and resources can install cultured stone and enhance any interior wall in their home.

Instructions as follows:



Firstly, prepare your installation area prior to installing the cultured stone. Measure the wall area and cut your wire mesh to fit. The wire mesh does not need to overlap, and if you need to span a wall with more than one piece, the pieces can butt up against one another. Cut the mesh with tin snips. Install the wire mesh by stapling it to the wall with the staple gun, stapling every 4 to 6 inches.
Secondly, cover the entire wire mesh surface in a layer of mastic prior to installing your culture stone. Use the flat trowel to spread the mastic onto the wall's surface. Apply pressure as you apply the mastic, ensuring that the mastic covers all of the voids between and behind the wire mesh and bonds adequately with the substrate surface beneath the wire mesh. Allow this "skim coat" to dry at least 24 hours before installing your cultured stone.
Thirdly, install your cultured stone by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Cultured stone is varied in size, so you can place the pieces at random depending on your personal preference. Apply mastic to the back of each piece with your mason trowel, and press the piece of cultured stone onto the wall's surface. Repeat this process for every piece of cultured stone as you work your way up the wall.

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