Painting Stucco: Top Tips You Should Know

Is your stucco looking dull or faded, especially where it’s been exposed to direct sunlight or harsh weather? You can freshen, or totally change the color of your stucco to achieve your exact color preference with paint, which will not only make it look new again but also protect your initial stucco investment. Be aware that painting stucco is different than painting other exterior surfaces of your home. The products and techniques used in painting stucco have a big impact on the longevity of the paint job and how good it looks. Here are a few things to consider to make sure your stucco is painted correctly, ensuring you have the best results:
Don’t Paint Fresh Stucco!
Stucco is porous and it needs to breathe. Painting the surface of fresh stucco will trap moisture between the waterproof membrane that separates the stucco from the walls of your home. The paint could bubble, peel, and chip as the moisture attempts to escape. Moisture could also gather at the wall’s base, creating mold and bacteria which can rot through the membrane and into your home’s wood.
Not All Stucco is Alike
Be sure to identify the type of stucco your home has before buying any products: hard coat (also called traditional stucco) or E.F.I.S. (commonly called synthetic or faux stucco). At SuperiorPRO, our stucco experts have vast experience in painting both types of stucco.
Choose the Best Products
According to Sherwin-Williams, “Acrylic latex products perform the best on stucco. Most do-it-yourselfers find that latex products are easiest to use because they are easy to apply and they clean up with soap and water. Acrylic latex paints also offer good gloss and color retention as well as good coverage that dries fast.” At SuperiorPRO, we use Sherwin Williams SuperPaint, a superior acrylic latex paint which delivers excellent coverage and protects your home against the elements. We also trust Sherwin Williams SherLastic, a flexible, elastomeric coating designed to hide some hairline cracks and prevent water from penetrating into your home, as a base coat for hard coat stucco.
Apply Paint with the Proper Technique
When painting rough textured stucco it is absolutely necessary to back roll the paint. Back rolling is the act of using a roller to spread paint across a surface immediately after spraying to ensure proper coverage. Be sure to ask any companies you are considering if they back roll. To expedite the process many companies do not, resulting in uneven coverage and a less than perfect end result. At SuperiorPRO, we always spray and back roll our paint.
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