Use this 12″ x 5″ Wood Float to compress both Lime Putty Stucco/Plasters and NHL Stucco. Compression is necessary in Lime Putty Stucco/Plasters and NHL Plasters/Stucco to prevent cracking. It allows compression without bringing the lime to the surface like metal trowels do. Use a Wood Float in basecoat compressions and to create a sandy plaster finish topcoat. Wood Floats will NOT make a smooth, non slicked surface.