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HOW TO PAINT EXTERIOR STUCCO, SOME HELPFUL TIPS
If you have a house that is made out of stucco and want to refresh the look of it then stucco paint is something that you might want to look into. Basically the paint is specially formulated to stick to the cement and give it a fresh, new look.
Some Things To Consider In The Beginning:
- Take a look at the existing stucco that is on the house/building and check to see what kind of shape it is in. Are there any patches or cracks that need to be fixed before painting begins? Is the stucco peeling off in any places, or are there any areas that need a little TLC? These kind of issues need to be taken care of prior to painting the structure and will make the end result much better.
- Is the stucco that is currently on the house painted or not, it really doesn’t make too much of a difference, both scenarios will require a good pressure washing (3,500 psi) to get rid of all of the loose paint and material that may come off in the painting process.
- If the stucco is new, then you will want to wait at least 60 days before painting it, to allow it to fully cure and harden up before you seal the stucco with any kind of paint.
- What type of texture do you have, a rough one or a smoother kind? The two different types of textures will require different methods and tools to properly adhere to the exiting texture. A rougher texture will require a larger nap on the roller and more paint, a smoother type will not need a nap as aggressive and will tend to use a little less paint. Take a look at different samples by clicking here.
- Do you plan on using a roller or a sprayer, or both? A sprayer can be rented and is the optimal way to paint exterior stucco, it is much faster, uses way less material and provides a professional looking end result but back-rolling is recommended to get rid of the lines that the sprayer may leave.
The Prep Work Involved:
- You will want to make sure that all of the windows, doors, trim, vents and anything else that is not going to be painted is covered very well. This will save time in the end and will ensure that professional results are achieved.
- Caulk cracks and small gaps (1/8″ or smaller) using a paint-able exterior grade caulk, a good idea would be to ask a salesperson at the building supply store that you purchase your paint from what type of caulking they recommend. When caulking, only fill the cracks and use a wet rag to wipe the excess caulk off of the wall, or it will stand out like a sore thumb. Try to add a little texture to the caulk to match the stucco, if it is a rougher texture, like a sand finish, dab the caulk lightly with a paintbrush to match the texture a little better. Anywhere wood meets stucco, you will want to apply a bead of caulking, because it will crack or a gap will form, this is natural and is a normal occurrence.
- Pressure washing the stucco is a good idea prior to painting, it removes dirt and debris from the surface and ensures that the paint will adhere well to the finish. These can be rented as well and only cost about $30-$50 a day to rent. If you do not pressure wash the stucco, you can use a garden hose instead, but really, pressure washing is the way to go and is recommended.
- Make any necessary repairs to the stucco that need attention, meaning larger voids or damaged areas. To achieve this, remove the existing stucco, keeping the paper and wire underneath intact and fill with a stucco patch material, using two to three applications. Try to avoid filling in the spots with a single application, seeing as how it will likely crack and make even more work for you in the long run.
Using A Sprayer:
When using a sprayer, certain techniques and tricks can be used to achieve professional results, not to mention, it can cut the time the project takes in half! This is the best way to paint a stucco surface and will yield the best results.
- Be sure that everything is masked off very well, these sprayers have a tremendous amount of pressure and can blow your covering right off, tape every joint of the plastic/paper, so no edges are exposed.
- When spraying, use a shield to avoid over-spraying on areas that you do not want to be painted, such as walkways, the eaves, etc. Cardboard works well for a shield and is free, cut a couple out, so you can toss the ones that get too saturated with paint. A good size for these is 12-15″ wide by 3-4′ long, holders can be purchased or made so you don’t have to hold the cardboard with your hands.
- Try to avoid making lines with the sprayer by having an even spray pattern and using quick, short bursts, as opposed to longer ones. Pull the nozzle away from the wall in order to blend the starting and stopping points of your spray pattern and to avoid any hard lines.
- Be sure to spray the stucco in many different directions, to better blend the paint and minimize the appearance of hard lines. For rougher stucco, have someone use a roller and go over what you have sprayed, this will help cover the surface and get the paint into any crevices and low spots that the texture may have.
Using A Roller:
Some of you may choose to use a roller to paint the stucco on your home, which is just fine, but requires a few different techniques than a sprayer would. It will take a bit longer to do it this way, but can still give professional looking results if done correctly.
- You will want to use a roller with at LEAST a 3/8″ nap on it, in order to get into the low spots and ensure that you have a nice, even coat of paint. Stock up on rollers because they will get abused and will wear very quickly.
- When rolling, use more paint and less pressure when applying, this will save your roller, making it last longer and will make it easier on you as well.
- Use a different pattern when rolling, not just one or two different motions. This will make the paint blend better and will help hide any paint edges that may appear later on.
- If your stucco is unpainted (have some type of cement based finish to paint) then remember that it will soak up quite a bit of paint on the first coat, a second coat (primer and paint) is recommended, after the primer coat.
- Use a smaller roller setup on the trim around any windows or doors, this is the best way to paint these items, cut in the detail work later using a paintbrush.
That’s about it when it comes to stucco paint and how to apply it for a fresh, new look. Take your time and remember to really prepare the surface for the paint, this will be the determining factor for how good the project looks in the end.
From the Experts at Sherwin-Williams:
Tips for homeowners on re-painting stucco
Q: The stucco on my home’s exterior looks faded. What can I do to make it look new again?
A: Stucco, like many surfaces, can fade – especially when it’s exposed to direct sunlight. But, making it look new again is easy. Quality paint can revive the look of your stucco, giving your home a fresh, new appearance.
Q: What if I want to completely change the color of my stucco?
A: No problem. Just like any surface (for example, wood siding), stucco can be repainted to suit your color preferences. If you want to achieve a darker shade than your original stucco color, and the surface is in good shape, quality paint can probably provide the coverage you need in one coat. Painting a lighter shade over a darker tone may require two coats. When selecting a new color, don’t forget to coordinate with other exterior colors on your home such as shingles and trim.
Q: There are so many exterior paint products on the market. How do I know which one will be the best for stucco?
A: Most exterior paint products are formulated for application on a variety of surfaces, from wood siding to brick and stucco. The knowledgeable sales people at Sherwin-Williams can tell you about products like Duration® Exterior Coating, and SuperPaint® Exterior Latex Paint. Just tell them a little about your home’s exterior and your goals, and they’ll help you select the coating that will best suit your needs.
Q: Which are better, latex- or alkyd-based products?
A: Acrylic latex products perform the best on stucco. Most do-it-yourselfers find that latex products are easiest to use because they are easy to apply and they clean up with soap and water Acrylic latex paints also offer good gloss and color retention as well as good coverage that dries fast.
Q: Do I need a primer?
A: If the surface of your stucco is in good shape with no exposed substrate, possibly not. However, if you need to make a lot of repairs, using a primer will make your finish coat look great and provide the beautiful, long-lasting results you expect. Ask the experts at Sherwin-Williams to help you pick the right product for the job.
Q: What else do I need to do to get started?
A: Once you’ve selected your coating, make sure you have the products you need to make minor repairs or fix cracks. Sherwin-Williams’ ConSeal Elastomeric Sealant or ConSeal Smooth & Textured Elastomeric Patches are excellent for repairing hairline cracks in stucco. The elastomeric properties of the coating keep it flexible to minimize the chance that cracks will reappear. After you’ve made your repairs, make sure the surface is clean and dry before you prime or paint.