With it being rough in its appearance, stucco is created by layering a cement and plaster compound and it is a popular interior and exterior finish for homes. When compared to other options, stucco is rather low maintenance. However, over time with normal wear and tear, the stuccos appearance diminishes, like all finishes. Whether if it is after a professional inspection or simply a personal choice, deciding to improve the appearance of stucco can be what gives your home an instant face lift. No matter the whys involved, when you make the choice to paint the stucco, there are some steps you need to take. Today, we at McKay’s Painting would like to share some important points when it comes to painting the stucco.
Do You Need to Clean Stucco Before Painting?
Before the Painting Begins, Clean the Surface. Cleaning stucco surfaces of any dirt and dust begins the involved process. Go over the exterior walls with a brush or broom and you can easily vacuum the interior walls using a dust attachment to achieve efficient cleaning. In sections using a scrub brush, remove any stubborn stains. Consider a power washer to clean inside deep groves. However, before you begin to caulk and repair, allow the stucco to dry for 24 hours.
Repair Any Stucco Damage & Prime
You can repair any small cracks or blemishes with caulk. However, you need to plan accordingly for the next ten days after applying caulk, as it will need to harden before you paint. As these are preferred because their binders make for an easier application and coverage, prime the surface with a high-quality acrylic primer next. In order to avoid paint pooling in crevices and causing drips, two coats of primer are preferable.
Is it Better to Spray or Roll Paint on Stucco?
The overall surface area is greater than normal due to the texture of stucco, and you will need a larger amount of paint for full coverage. Consider using a spray on paint if the stucco is highly textured, then going over the paint with a roller. When painting stucco, another factor to take into consideration is the best temperature for applying paint, and how long after the initial coat to apply a second coat.
How Do You Maintain Exterior Stucco?
Look for flaking paint, peeling paint, or excessive cracking when inspect the stucco exterior walls annually is highly recommended. Due to moisture or settling issues is the most common reason. Scrub it with a brush then rub away with a moistened cloth to maintain interior stucco. Use a spray nozzle or power washer to wash away the dirt and build up for the exterior stucco. In the long run, this should help maintain the surface of your stucco.
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When it comes to painting the stucco, it can be challenging for those who are inexperienced. If your stucco requires a painting service in Greater Ventura, California and surrounding areas, call in the professionals of McKay’s Painting and let us help you. Our artisans have the expertise to ensure your stucco is painted flawlessly.