Help! It started raining and I'm not finished!

Fleur(z5)August 22, 2005

I got two thin layers of mortar mix (drywall tape in between) on a rather large coltsfoot and it started raining. Can I come back tomorrow and finish adding another layer? Should I paint the leaf with bonding adhesive and/or add it to the mix liquid? Is 4 water to 1 adhesive the correct proportion? I need advice. Thanks.

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billie_ann(6b PA)

Fleur, You can always add layers as long as the piece your adding to is wet/dampen. Can't help you with bonding adhesive, I don't use. Billie

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:51PM
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tango88(z8TX)

Fleur --- You can indeed add more layers. I do it routinely to work that was begun a year ago. As Billie noted, start by thoroughly wetting the work then allow the surface moisture to dry to the point that there is no "puddling". Then apply a bonding agent and your next layer...preferably with more bonding agent added to the mix. Do read the instructions on the bonding agent as I have seen some that state the new layer must be applied BEFORE the agent dries...and others that claim you can wait up to 24 hours (???). Me, I try to catch it while it's still "tacky". As a "PS"...the industrial spray bottles from the big-box stores are great for applying the bond...just make sure to clean off the nozzle before you set it aside for any length of time, as the bonding agent dries quickly to a film that will clog the sprayer. Go get'em.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 10:51AM
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Dena6355(z8 WA)

I also use the wet it down method, let it dry a bit and add bonding agent when applying a new layer.
Tango, what a teriffic help to use a spray bottle.
I generally am using a small container and a cheap chip brush.
Fluer, You can use bonding agent full strength or diluted for the project you are describing above.
For projects where you are attaching one finished piece to another full strength has worked well for me.
Dena

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 10:02PM
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