If your stucco exterior is beginning to show its age with various cracks, you may be interested in learning how to patch stucco. Stucco, whether EIFS (synthetic stucco) or hard coat, is a popular home siding option, water-resistant, windproof and tough. But when it cracks, it’s important to repair it before moisture can be trapped underneath the stucco exterior and cause deterioration. If you’re handy, you might be able to tackle this as a do-it-yourself project.
To get started, you’ll need to gather your supplies. Tools required for this job include:
- Protective eyewear and work gloves
- A mason’s chisel, a hammer, and a wire brush
- Fiberglass mesh (EIFS) or wire mesh (hard coat), metal shears, and galvanized nails
- Stucco patching material (EIFS and hard coat stucco require different materials for patching)
- A trowel, a finishing tool like a whisk or sponge, and a small piece of flat board or plywood
It can be difficult to match the new stucco to the color of your old stucco, which will have changed after years of being exposed to the elements. To get as close a match as possible, buy some coloring pigment and mix it with small batches of stucco, allowing each “recipe” to dry on a piece of cardboard so that you can determine which one contains the right amount of pigment. Once you’re confident that you have the right match, here’s how to patch stucco:
- First, prepare the surface. Depending on the extent of the area you need to patch, you can either use a chisel or hammer to chip off the loose pieces, or simply remove loose or peeling paint with a wire brush, following up with a damp rag to rid the area of dust and debris.
- Examine the wire mesh under the stucco. If it is damaged, you’ll need to cut a new piece to fit the damaged area and affix it using galvanized nails.
- Mix stucco and apply the underlying patch. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to mix the stucco, and then use a trowel to fill in the opening, applying stucco so that your patch is a little bit higher than the wall around it.
- Smooth the patched surface and add the finishing coat. Using a board, make the patch level with the surrounding wall and apply the finishing coat, which will have the proper/matching texture as your existing stucco.
- Finish the job making a similar pattern. Before your new stucco dries completely, use your finishing tools to match the pattern to the existing stucco.
Whew. Still sure this is a DIY job? Need an even better way to repair stucco? Call an expert with years of experience in how to patch stucco. In truth, it may be best to skip the patching entirely, because it’s almost impossible to create an exact match. If you prefer not to see the patch, it may be better to hire a professional to refinish the entire wall. Whether you want to patch it or replace it, SuperiorPRO can address your stucco needs with an outcome that meets your expectations and budget.
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