A popular interior and exterior finish for homes is stucco, which is created by layering a cement and plaster compound, leaving it with a rough appearance. Stucco is rather low maintenance when compared to other options. The stuccos appearance diminishes, like all finishes, over time with normal wear and tear. Deciding to improve the appearance of stucco can be what gives your home an instant face lift, no matter if it is after a professional inspection or simply a personal choice. There are some steps you need to take when you make the choice to paint the stucco, no matter the whys involved. When it comes to painting the stucco, we at McKay’s Painting would like to share some important points today.
Clean Stucco Before Painting
To begin this involved process, you need to clean the stucco to ensure any dirt and dust is removed. To achieve efficient cleaning, go over the exterior walls with a brush or broom and you can easily vacuum the interior walls using a dust attachment. Remove any stubborn stains using a scrub brush as you methodical section the exterior. Consider a power washer to clean inside deep groves. Allow the stucco to dry for 24 hours before you begin to caulk and repair.
Repair & Prime Stucco
With caulk, you can repair any small cracks or blemishes. Since it will need to harden before you paint, you need to plan accordingly for the next ten days after applying caulk. Prime the surface with a high-quality acrylic primer next as these are preferred because their binders make for an easier application and coverage. Two coats of primer are preferable in order to avoid paint pooling in crevices and causing drips.
Due to the texture of stucco, the overall surface area is greater than normal, and you will need a larger amount of paint for full coverage. Before going over the paint with a roller, consider using a spray on paint if the stucco is highly textured. The best temperature for applying paint when painting stucco, another factor to take into consideration, and how long after the initial coat to apply a second coat.
When inspect the stucco exterior walls annually is highly recommended, look for flaking paint, peeling paint, or excessive cracking. Due to moisture or settling issues is the most common reason. With a moistened cloth, scrub it with a brush then rub away to maintain interior stucco. Use a spray nozzle or power washer to wash away the dirt and build up for the exterior stucco. This should help maintain the surface of your stucco in the long run.
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It can be challenging for those who are inexperienced When it comes to painting the stucco. Call in the professionals of McKay’s Painting and let us help you if your stucco requires a painting service in Greater Ventura, California and surrounding areas. To ensure your stucco is painted well, our artisans have the expertise and skills.