Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tvs75 Very Easy To Work With
I had the good fortune of talking to a representative via Home Depot who told me all about this product and the ins and outs of using it. I felt it was a great education to the product since I am a home improvement guy and did not know much about stucco-ing.
I learned that this product when used with one of the stucco adhesives can be used as a topical patch coat. I have used other pre made patch coats in the past and none were easy or can be feathered in to match like this one.
Mixing this product is easy. You just use water and get it to the consistency you want to apply to the wall.
Also, one good trick I learned with this product too is to take a meat tenderizer (the mallet kind) and lightly knock all your stucco to get the loose particles off. Then apply the stucco mix as needed and feather/float it as needed. Then, before applying paint, always use a similar color primer coat. Then you can paint the effected area to match.
...So easy to do. After awhile you get the hang of this mix.
Lastly, if you can bundle your order or do a single purchase, try having it delivered to your home if you can. 50lbs in these kinds of bags are giant dust clouds waiting to happen. It is so much easier when someone else makes a mess on the product's ride home.
April 12, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nickname It's called RAPID Set for a reason
The product works as advertised but be aware, 45 min. working time is a pipe dream. It's more like 20 min. If you can work fast and only mix small batches it works great.
June 13, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BeckyS High Quality
We bought this to repair and patch the stucco walls in our basement. Although it was slightly difficult to mix, once we got the hang of the right consistency, it was easy to apply. 50 lbs only lasted us about 30-45 square feet, depending on the thickness of patching needed. Make sure you plan on buying more than you think you need, so you don't have to run out in the middle of the job. Still, you'll be very happy that you purchased this, rather than a cheaper product.
January 1, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by wcsd Great for patches
This is great for repairs in stucco, but only for a couple bags at a time to be cost-effective. Even deep repairs down to the scratch coat and to the building paper below can be completed effectively with multiple layers of this stucco mix. Just make sure to prep the areas thoroughly, keep the old material wet (bonding agents might help too) and scratch everything below the final coat and paint with a masonry-rated paint.
I use this whenever I need to patch stucco, and with a little skill can match the existing texture without difficulty because this product is easily worked and fairly forgiving.
January 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrFixIt Good stuff, but a bit pricey
Most stucco is quite inexpensive. This product is a premium version of basic stucco. Just like the previous reviewers stated, it does setup quite quickly. I find this to be a positive for small to medium sized projects. As the bag advertises, due to it's speed, you really can do all three coats in one day, if not sooner.
I've used this on numerous outdoor wall repairs, patches, framing coverings, etc, and i couldn't be happier with the quality. Once dry, it's super solid and durable and withstands the toughest abuse. It really is great stuff.
I do wish it came in smaller bags, however, as if you only use half, the rest seems to harden into a rock and is totally unusable after just a matter of weeks.
October 10, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DesertFixit Not for only for small repairs
This product does set up quickly, so if you are slow and working alone, THEN limit yourself to small repairs. I just did a 64 linear ft of 8 foot tall walls, all in one day with one helper and an electric hand mixer. This was just the stucco itself, not the framing and lath etc. I am not a professional, but I am fairly handy. Basically, we mixed one bag at a time, then worked as fast as we could. You get the knack after one bag, and it goes quickly. In warm weather, you REALLY have to work fast with this, but that is also it's strong point, no waiting days before the next step, just bang, bang, bang and you are done. I have to agree with the other reviewer about washing your tools quickly and frequently. I only wish it did not cost so much, but that is the price you pay for speed I guess, This stuff is very strong also, easy to work with as long as you work fast, it stiffens quickly. I recommend buying one bag, and mixing a little at a time, and work on a sample section, to get a feel for it, before purchasing for your entire project.
June 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MGonz Only for small repiars
Rapid Set Stucco Mix is for very small repairs to stucco such as patches around replacement windows, nicks/holes, etc...Work as fast as you can, and clean your tools immediately after you finish.
May 8, 2011