How To Cement Render A Garden Wall
Interested in a new render finish for your garden walls? Cement rendering is a great choice for all types of exterior walls and external walls, including garden walls. But if you want to try to render the wall on your own, you may not be sure where to start.
But in this guide from Zaks Render, we’ll take you through the basics of how to use cement render on a garden wall, achieve a smooth finish, and update the look of your garden. Read on and get started right away.
1. Prepare Your Garden Wall By Removing Old Render And Paint
You’ll want to begin by stripping away old paint and render. You can use a chisel to remove any dried mortar, render, or other bumps that will interfere with the flat surface of the wall. Next, use a stiff-bristled brush or broom to remove dirt, debris, moss, and anything else that may interfere with the application of your first layer of render. Soap may help if your wall is very dirty.
Finally, hose down the wall. You can go over it again with soap and your brush or broom if it needs further cleaning, but you should finish by thoroughly soaking the stone or brick. This will ensure that the first coat of render will dry properly.
2. Mix Your Render
Render is made of sand and cement as well as a few other ingredients. You must add water to activate it. Usually, you’ll need about 8L of water for a 20kg bag, but make sure to check the instructions on the bag and follow them when you’re mixing the render. Different types of render need different amounts of water, and mixing incorrectly will lead to sub-par results when you apply the render.
3. Render The Wall, Level The Render, And Apply The Scratch Coat
Using a trowel, press the render into the surface firmly, moving from the bottom toward the top of the wall. Spread it in one solid motion, and try to keep this first coat of render very even, at a thickness of about 5mm.
You can use a long straight edge like a plank of wood to even out the render before it dries. Next, use a scratching comb to apply the “scratch coat.” Using the comb, score the render with deep marks, going from left to right. This “scoring” helps the second coat of render adhere properly.
It will take between 30 minutes to 2 hours for the render to dry. Once it’s dry, you can apply your second coat of render.
4. Apply The Second Coat Of Render
The second and final coat of render will be applied in the same way you applied the first coat, but it should be around 10mm thick. Once it has dried for about 30 minutes, use a float or flat edge to level it out.
Then, you can use a damp sponge to wipe down the surface if you want a smooth finish. You can also use a brush for a unique brushed finish, or leave the render as-is.
Let it dry for 24 hours, then spray it down with water from a spray bottle to keep it moist and prevent cracking. After about 5 days, the wall will be permanently cured.
Let Our Experts Take Care Of Your Project!
Not up to the task of rendering a garden wall on your own? At Zaks Render, we can help. Our team of cement render experts can handle every project – big or small. Contact us online or give us a call at 0402 283 119 to get started.