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Stucco is a very strong, durable cement-like siding material but repairs are sometimes needed for cracks and holes. Though you’re better off leaving major stucco repairs to a mason or stucco specialist, you should be able to handle fixing most holes and cracks if you have do-it-yourself experience. The way you make these repairs will depend upon the nature of the damage, such as the size of the hole.

Our background began in stucco. Stucco runs in our blood. Our family began doing stucco in Las Vegas in 1959. While most of our years have been on the commercial end, we began our current business model in 1992. Today, we perform stucco repairs on ANY texture, because we are THAT good. Check out our gallery! CLICK HERE to view RSI Builders’ Gallery.

However, if you decide to do the job yourself, here is some expert DIY advice on how to repair stucco siding, including tips on patching holes in stucco, and fixing cracks and stains…

Patching large holes in stucco is a job that homeowners adept at basic home repairs can handle-though it may be difficult to create a patch that blends perfectly with the wall unless you repaint.

RSI Builders remove loose stucco1Remove loose stucco from the hole with a cold chisel and ballpeen hammer as shown at right; blow out the dust. Staple new wire mesh over any damaged mesh. Spray with water.

2Apply the first coat of stucco to within 1/4 inch of the surface, using a mason’s trowel or putty knife (stucco should ooze from behind the mesh). When firm, scratch with a nail. Let cure for two days.

RSI Builders apply new stucco with a mason’s trowel3Apply the second coat over the dampened first coat to within 1/8 inch of the surface, using a mason’s trowel or putty knife, as shown below left. Smooth the stucco and let it cure for two days.

4Apply the final coat over the dampened second coat with a metal float or mason’s trowel. Smooth flush with the existing surface. Texture as desired, and allow to cure for four days.

5Paint if necessary.


HomeTips Pro Tip: For deep holes, build up the patch with several successive layers, allowing each to dry before applying the next. Match the texture by touching it up with a float or a small brush.


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