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dyad8 12-19-2006 03:18 PM

Painting Stucco
 
I recently purchased my first house and the color leaves a lot to be desired. I was wondering what the best way to paint stucco might be. Also, when they put in new windows there was a quite a bit of mortar left around the edges, what can I do to smooth this out?

slickshift 12-19-2006 03:29 PM

I don't see much stucco up here
Hopefully someone who does more will come along

I did do some a few years ago in FLA after all those hurricanes
It was all that textured stucco, so really my best (pretty much only) option was to spray
Brushing and/or rolling would've been a nightmare

The prep taping everything off was pretty time consuming, but I could generally do most of that the day before, then pick up the rental sprayer the next morning, and have it sprayed pretty quick

joewho 12-19-2006 05:52 PM

Spray, using an elastomeric paint.

YourWayPainting 12-20-2006 09:55 AM

Spray and backroll the paint while it is still wet. This will push it into all the textured areas of the stucco.
If the house needs it, make sure you prep it well.
1. Pressure wash it a day before painting.
2. Spray on a sealer if there are ANY paint issues (chalking is a big one).
3. Caulk any gaps around windows, vents, etc.
4. Use conseal caulking on any cracks that won't fill in with the paint.
If you are going to spray, I would suggest getting some plastic rolls (you can get rolls at a paint store that are the width of many sized windows), and taping. If you are fast, you can use masking tape. You MUST pull it off the same day, or you will be cleaning tape residue from your window frames. Otherwise, pay the extra money and get blue painters tape.

Good luck.

YourWayPainting 12-20-2006 09:58 AM

As far as the excess stucco around the windows, you will need to gently scrape it off with a putty knife. Get a new one and wrap the edge with a rag. Go slow and steady, or you will wind up with scrapes on your new window frames. If that happens, you can spray them with some white (assuming that the frames are white) oil based paint.

simmons 12-20-2006 10:17 AM

In the Desert Southwest, all I deal with is stucco exteriors. I agree that elastomeric coatings are the best choice for stucco. But if you don't have contractor pricing on your materials, or a pump that can handle spraying the materials you might be in for more of a headache than your bargaining for. I.E.,With a prime coat, plus finish coat we figure 65 sq. ft. per gallon, an average of 60 gallons of material per house. But the other big factor is the pump to spray the material. You'll need a pump that can spray at LEAST .5 gallons per minute with an .021 tip and thats pushing it. I dont think there are many rental yards that rent a pump made to handle this material.

Christopher 12-20-2006 10:18 AM

YourWayPainting,
Quote:

2. Spray on a sealer if there are ANY paint issues (chalking is a big one).
What sealer do you recommend?

Thanks...

...Christopher

donb1959 12-21-2006 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by dyad8 (Post 27427)
I recently purchased my first house and the color leaves a lot to be desired. I was wondering what the best way to paint stucco might be. Also, when they put in new windows there was a quite a bit of mortar left around the edges, what can I do to smooth this out?

So, the stucco has be painted I take it? If so the way I paint all my stucco is pressure wash the home. Mix all the paints together to get uniformity in color. Use a good top shelf paint so it doesnt wick into the stuccoo.

Gotta work fast when you start painting too cause if you stop say halk way down the house, and if it has any time to dry youll leave a flash mark

Where in NC are you, Im in Winston Saelm

YourWayPainting 12-21-2006 11:01 AM

I use Porter products. Their exterior sealer is a clear sealer that I have had very good results with. However, if there is not a Porter paint store near you, go to any professional paint store and ask for a good exterior primer.
Other than the big box stores, it doesn't matter what store you get your paint from. Just make sure you get it from a professional paint store, and ask for the mid to high end paint. That is what they specialize in.
You will pay a little more for good paint, but it will last much longer.


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