How to paint stucco

Exterior painting is essential to maintaining the structural integrity and appearance of your home. Paint protects your property from the elements, and helps to prevent the development and spread of mold, meaning it is essential in areas that experience plenty of rain, sleet, and snow.

Things to consider before painting stucco

When was the stucco applied?

Stucco requires ample time to set before it can be painted. If your stucco is brand new, you should wait at least 60 days before painting to avoid loose texture falling off the surface. Once the stucco has properly cured, you can get to work!

If your stucco is older, there is no need to wait. However, as a general rule, exterior painting should be done every 3-5 years.

Are there cracks or damages the siding?

The first thing you want to check for is any cracks (even small ones) in the stucco. Once you have identified any areas of concern, you can fill the cracks with an acrylic caulking gun. Then, wait 7 days for the caulking to harden before painting.

Stucco is also prone to flaking over time. For very small areas that require repairs, prefabricated stucco can be purchased from a hardware store and easily applied to fill patches. However, for any significant flaking or cracks, it is a good idea to hire a professional to ensure your exterior property looks amazing once the painting is complete!

How will you apply the paint?

When it comes to painting stucco, there are two main application methods that you can choose from: spraying and rolling.

Spraying is typically the best way to get a beautiful finish on any stucco, but on highly- textured, stucco spraying is absolutely necessary. Rollers simply cannot reach all of the deep crevices created by the stucco material.

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