Stucco Painting Tips
If you really want to make your home stand out from the crowd in your neighbourhood, you cant really go wrong by giving the exterior stucco a fresh new look by repainting it, especially if your stucco is faded, cracked or damaged. As well as enhancing the appearance of your home (and making all your neighbours jealous) there is another plus side to repainting the exterior of your home, it offers great protection from the elements such as wind, rain, snow and sun.
How often will your home exterior need repainting ?
How often you need to paint will greatly be affected by how much your property is exposed to the elements, how well the surface was prepared prior to painting and indeed, the quality of the paint applied to the surface. On average, if all these steps are followed correctly then you should normally be looking around the 5-7 year mark between repaints although some colours may be prone to fading more quickly than others.
Will you save money buying cheaper quality paint ?
If you`re the kind of person who really enjoys painting then firstly you should be applying to join our team at www.profinishonline.ca/joinourteam and secondly and more seriously, if you don’t mind painting your exterior more often then purchasing a slightly lower grade product is an option for you. That being said, it is unlikely you would save much money overall painting twice instead of just the once. At Pro-Finish-Painting we would recommend you spend at least $30 a gallon on paint if you want a finish which doesn’t have you climbing the ladders again for 5-7 years.
Preparing your stucco for repainting
Of course you can spend a lot of money on paint per gallon to achieve the best results possible, but that is all in vain if you do not prepare the surface correctly first.
The stucco should first be pressure washed to remove any dirt or debris from the surface, this will also remove any loose paint there may be and show any areas where the stucco may be cracked or damaged too. In our experience, it is at this point where the full extent of the work required is truly revealed. You can see an example of a property which required extensive repairs to cracks and holes then took 3 coats of paint to achieve a professional finish here.
Efflorescence will show itself as a white powdery substance on the surface and can be easily taken off with a good, strong wire brush.
For cracks we highly recommend the use of an elastomeric caulking (your local paint store will help you with this). It has the ability to cope with a far higher level of movement from the building than standard caulking has. Always wipe off excess caulking with a damp sponge and if possible, throw a little fine sand at the repair before it dries to reduce the appearance of the repair to the surface.
Best practice for applying paint to stucco
If your property is on the smaller side then a roller is perfectly adequate for the task at hand. Go with a larger nap of roller (we recommend a 1 inch nap), this will assist greatly in getting the paint all the way into the texture of the surface.
For larger properties you may wish to consider renting an airless sprayer as it will make the project pass much easier and quicker. If you decide to take this step then you will still need to use a roller over the sprayed surface to get the paint all the way into the texture but also, back rolling as this technique is known will also give a more uniform finish to your final product.
Finally, while one coat may give you a certain level of coverage, we would always recommend applying a minimum of 2 coats.
If you have any questions, need any advice or indeed have a painting project you need carried out, the friendly staff at Pro-Finish-Painting will be only to happy to assist you. Give us a call today for a superb contractor experience where a happy customer is our number one priority.