The Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit – The Trowel

The Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit

The trowel is a very important tool in the EIFS Repair Kit

The EIFS Repair Kit includes a trowel which is your application tools. The shape of the trowel is perfect for scoping out the cement mix and gives you a great way to spread EIFS Repair Kit Trowelthe cement smoothly onto the wall. The EIFS cement mix is made to be applied very thin, approx. 1/8″ thick with little waves or bumps in the cement coat. The cement coat should be applied with great detail to perfection as the finish coat will only look as good as the cement coat under it. If you can not get it smooth you can let you best work dry and come back and sand it smooth. The best think to sand the cement coat with is floor sand paper. You can find floor sand paper at your local home improvement store. Another thing to keep in mind is that your cement will dry up after time and become very hard to work with. The dry time has a lot to do with the temperature. If you are working on a cloudy 60 degree day you may have about 45 minutes to work with your cement before it begins to show signs of drying up. But if you are out on a sunny 90 degree day you may only have about 10 minutes to complete your project. Keep in mind that the EIFS material should never be applied in weather that is below 40 degrees.

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EIFS Repair Kit – Stir Paddle

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The Stir Paddle is part of The EIFS Repair Kit

The stir paddle is included in the EIFS repair kit because it is a perfect way to mix the cement. It is very important that the cement is mixed throughout and the paddle will EIFS Repair Kit Paddelensure that it is. Make sure that all the dry mix is spun up into the cement mix. And when you add the AR glass to the cement mix make sure you pour the glass in slowly while spinning the mix. The glass should only be spun into the cement mix for about 45 seconds. That is the best period of time to ensure the glass fibers have intermixed with the cement.

 

 

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The Cement Mix a part of the EIFS Repair Kit

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The Cement Mix a part of the EIFS Repair Kit

Your EIFS Repair Kit comes with 2lbs. of Cement Mix and to tell you the truth it is more than 3 lbs. The Cement Mix comes in the mixing container and is sealed in a bag.

EIFS Repair Kit Cement Mix

To mix the EIFS cement Mix you will take the bag out of the mixing container and simply add water to the container and slowly add EIFS cement mix while spinning the mix with your paddle until you have a creamy cement. You are looking for cement that is a little thinner that peanut butter.  The important thing here is to add the water first.  If you are filling a hole with the cement you must use the AR Glass in the kit. The AR Glass is added by weight and it is about 3% of the mix total weight so if you were to mix the entire 3lbs. you would need a small handful of glass. For small batches of cement for fixing holes you will just need enough glass so you can see it inter mixed in the cement. Keep in mind that the only reason the glass is used here is to keep the cement from cracking so if there is fibers throughout the cement it will not crack. You still want to be able to spread the cement so don’t get to carried away with the glass fibers. Otherwise, if you are putting a second coat of cement on or are using the fiberglass mesh the cement will be fine without adding the glass fibers. The AR glass fibers are only needed when you are putting the cement mix on thicker than 1/8 of an inch thick. In other words, if you are filling holes that are 1/2 inch to an inch or more deep, you need to use the glass fibers.