Render with silver sand

fixit

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anyone tried rendering with silver sand. Gonna rub up a house just thought what it might look like. Want to try something different
 

Ritch

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anyone tried rendering with silver sand. Gonna rub up a house just thought what it might look like. Want to try something different
I've used it and find it way to course and leaves lots of scratches when sponging it up,we use mortar mix 70 grade a and 30 red and that's hit and miss as well
 

Olican

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Quality of sand is all down location also bad luck plays a part. You can catch a bad Batch of any type of sand. Down our way the plastering sand sold by most suppliers is too inconsistent. Silver sand and hydrated lime gives us a cracking finish every time
 

johniosaif

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Quality of sand is all down location also bad luck plays a part. You can catch a bad Batch of any type of sand. Down our way the plastering sand sold by most suppliers is too inconsistent. Silver sand and hydrated lime gives us a cracking finish every time
We Use western and leighton buzzard
 

fixit

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Quality of sand is all down location also bad luck plays a part. You can catch a bad Batch of any type of sand. Down our way the plastering sand sold by most suppliers is too inconsistent. Silver sand and hydrated lime gives us a cracking finish every time
Sounds good Olican. So it's regular cement, Silver sand and hydrated lime. What mix do you use. If it was your own house would you still go with it.
 

Olican

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Sounds good Olican. So it's regular cement, Silver sand and hydrated lime. What mix do you use. If it was your own house would you still go with it.

4.5:1:1 scratch topped with 5:1:1 topcoat , good quality febmix. I would definitely use this on my house, I walked past a house I rendered about 15 years ago give or take (I know this is puppy years in rendering terms) using this mix. It sits below a harbour and gets battered by the sea. Still feels solid and not a crack.
 

fixit

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I take it is the courser white sand not the fine stuff. Be dear buying over 100 bags of white Sand
 

Cornelius

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Fine silver with lime is a great recipe for decent rendering gear, very important to let the mix turn over in the mixer to bring it to life though (y)
 

fixit

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Fine silver with lime is a great recipe for decent rendering gear, very important to let the mix turn over in the mixer to bring it to life though (y)
I might get a bag of lime and silver sand. Give it a mix and try it out. Doing my own house with it but never used it. Thought it might look better than ordinary render.
 

irish_spread

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Any silver sand I've ever seen has been really really fine, the stuff block pavers and schools use in playgrounds ???? Surely it would crack like feck ??? Maybe it's different to the stuff you get in London ? Unless you mean white sand which is coarser
 

Lastlaff

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I've always used a 'fine sharp' sand - angular sand grains that don't roll against each other which can cause crazing/cracking - builders/soft washed sand etc have round grains. The fine sharp sand also allows the binder (cement or hydraulic lime) to sit between the angular grains.
 

fixit

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Any silver sand I've ever seen has been really really fine, the stuff block pavers and schools use in playgrounds ???? Surely it would crack like feck ??? Maybe it's different to the stuff you get in London ? Unless you mean white sand which is coarser
That's what I always thought. Maybe oilican uses different stuff. You would think it would hairline like crazy
 

superspread

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I've always used a 'fine sharp' sand - angular sand grains that don't roll against each other which can cause crazing/cracking - builders/soft washed sand etc have round grains. The fine sharp sand also allows the binder (cement or hydraulic lime) to sit between the angular grains.
You swallowed a diy book on plastering :coffe:
 

Cornelius

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This is the silver sand I'm using today from travis, fairly soft no little stones or owt like that, can get it at jewson aswell now. @Olican , josh was saying that chap in Dartmouth uses Cornish lime company sand? Not seen it myself but he said it was decent and can be delivered. Hard to beat silver though.
 

Rich1981

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View attachment 19608 This is the silver sand I'm using today from travis, fairly soft no little stones or owt like that, can get it at jewson aswell now. @Olican , josh was saying that chap in Dartmouth uses Cornish lime company sand? Not seen it myself but he said it was decent and can be delivered. Hard to beat silver though.
Hi there what mix ratio do you prefer with sliver sand?
 

Gibbo

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Any silver sand I've ever seen has been really really fine, the stuff block pavers and schools use in playgrounds ???? Surely it would crack like feck ??? Maybe it's different to the stuff you get in London ? Unless you mean white sand which is coarser
Thats kin dried edd
 
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