Hard Coat or better known as veneer plaster is a specialty trade that takes skilled plaster mechanics to complete the job in the right manner. This type of finish can be expensive but can also provide a very clean finish that is highly resistant to cracking, nail popping and abrasive failure for an owner. Traditionally used in the earlier years before gypsum was introduced, veneer plaster can easily be mistaken with a gypsum finish if the person inspecting the substrate does not know what they are looking at. Veneer plaster installed in single coat and double coat applications can also be wrongly bid if the estimator does not know what substrates the plaster will need; double coat application versus single coat application. Most cement substrates which veneer plaster is applied will require a double coat application due to cement board pulling moisture out of the finish and creating “pin holes”.