How To Paint Stucco
The charm of well-painted stucco cannot be denied. However, stucco can fade over time and look unsightly from exposure to dust and moisture. As such, it is a good idea to apply a new coat of paint every few years. But what is the proper way to paint stucco?
Stucco Painting Preparations
Older walls should be inspected to identify cracks, stains, and water damage. These should be fixed first before painting. Clean the wall using a pressure washer. Avoid using high pressure or placing the nozzle too close to the wall to avoid cracking the wall. You should wash from top to bottom. Allow at least 1 day for the stucco to dry.
If the wall is in bad shape, use an acrylic masonry primer, but you can skip priming for a wall in good shape. Using a roller with a long nap squeezes the primer into the grooves of the stucco. Priming helps the paint adhere better. You should also caulk any cracks to get a smooth surface, and avoid the paint bubbling and peeling.
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Building experts recommend using elastomeric paint. This is an appropriate paint for masonry that allows it to ‘breathe’ but also provides good dirt and water repellency. You can apply the paint by spraying or rolling. Spraying is faster but takes more time to prepare for since areas that are not being painted have to be taped off. You will also need to backroll to get the paint into all grooves of the stucco.
The roller should have a nap of 1-1.5 inches. This will saturate the wall with enough paint for an even look. Start at the top and work your way downwards. Soak the roller with as much paint as it can carry without dripping. Stucco is a porous material and will take up the paint.
Finishing Up Stucco Painting
After your walls have achieved the look you desired, clean up and remove the tape and drop sheet. The wall should dry in 2-3 days.
Painting stucco requires good preparation and planning. The job can get a bit difficult and risky especially when you are working at heights. If the walls to cover are large, it is better to engage the services of professional painters.
Here at A Burst of Color Painting, we have the required manpower, tools and equipment needed for a successful stucco painting job. You can trust us to do correct estimates and provide useful colour consultation. Call us for any painting job. Our professional team of painters will be ready and willing to bring out your stucco perfectly. Schedule your stucco painting Calgary consultation, estimate and inspection today!