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Painting Stucco

Painting Stucco
Stucco is usually white in color. However, there are many ways to make it interesting which are given in the following section.
Aparna Jadhav
Stucco is a commonly used material for coating the outer walls of the house, ceilings, and sometimes the interiors. It is a plain mixture of an aggregate, binder, and water, which has a relatively smooth texture and has made its mark in interior decorating and designing as a unique feature. It is known to be used in homes which have an older look, usually the Victorian and Italian constructions. These buildings have an old and rusty look to them, which is usually achieved by using the stucco material and traditional exterior painting styles. Stucco can be used to cover other rough-textured exteriors like concrete and clay brick as well. Painting it is very important as you cannot leave it exposed to weather changes.

Factors to Consider

Stucco is used as a covering for an already plastered wall and is usually white in color. However, to make it more interesting, you can make color changes by painting it with a color of your choice. Many people think that painting exterior walls covered with stucco need a lot of preparation and require adopting a completely different procedure. However, the process is almost the same as painting any other type of wall inside and outside the house.

You cannot use just any type of paint for painting these walls. You can either use elastomeric or exterior latex paint which is specifically formulated for masonry surfaces. Since stucco installation is used as a covering to protect the exterior surface of the construction and enhance the appearance, you need to use the right paint. Elastomeric paint can be expensive but is quite durable, and latex paints are cheaper, can be applied easily, and protect the surface from weather changes.

Steps to Paint
  • First of all, you need to check if there are any damages to the stucco walls, like large cracks, dents, or faded areas. If there are, fill up the larger cracks with elastomeric sealant and then wash the walls with soap and water to clean off the dust, mildew, and dirt.
  • Then remove all the fixtures and other embedded things from the walls and cover those areas which are not supposed to be painted. You can either use cloth, paper, or masking tape. Meanwhile, choose some popular exterior paint colors which you would like your walls to have. You cannot use interior paint for exterior stucco painting, so choose appropriately.
  • Like in the painting process for usual walls, add the paint to the roller pan, dip the paint roller into it, and let it saturate. Then place the roller on the stucco surface and apply the paint evenly. Do this either column or row wise, and make sure that the entire wall has the same layer of paint. Let it dry for a few hours and then apply another coat.
  • Apply about 2 to 3 layers of this paint and make sure you are following the same process throughout so that the entire wall is painted evenly. Once you are done, add the fixtures back in the slots, add a few wall decorations, and let the paint dry off for as long as possible.
Stucco walls are a very popular designing factor used in many homes and commercial places. Painting these walls makes them look attractive and protects them from weather exposure.
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