You'll generally only need one coat of render, and it should be 4-6ml thick. Your aim is to apply the render as flat and smooth as possible. For rendering course bricks, you may need to add a little water to the surface before you start. There are a couple of different techniques to applying render; tilt the hawk onto the trowel and then apply the render at a 45° angle, or you can place the hawk's edge on the wall and brush up from there. If you've got vents on your wall, render up to the vent with a slight overlay around the edges, then cut away when dry to finish.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.