Making your homes admirable from the outside and inside is essential for many homeowners. Various materials can give texture to walls and upgrade their look, and one of the most ideal is stucco. It is composed of aggregates, binders, and water, and is mostly for decoration. However, it might not be pretty if it is unmaintained or if you think it needs a new color. To bring back its beauty, you might need to clean and repaint it. Here are some guidelines to help you with that.
If you notice that your stucco has some cracks or holes, it is better to repair them before repainting. You may use a caulk gun with elastomeric caulk for hairline fractures, while for larger ones, use a concrete patching or thick stucco compounds. Let them dry before doing anything else.
To remove dirt or mold that built up in your stucco, use pressure washing. Set it to a low pressure and use a wide spray tip to avoid damage. Clean it up from top to bottom. Be careful not to hit windows, door frames, or others that may break due to pressure. After that, allow it to dry completely.
- Buying Paint
You have to choose a suitable type of paint for your stucco, so it will last. A great one is masonry paint, which is especially for house exteriors to keep them from weathering and pollution. It is available in hardware stores or home improvement centers.
Masking the parts you do not want to paint is necessary. Line them with painter’s tape, so you can work faster. You may also put a cloth on the ground to avoid drips.
Pour the paint on a container wide enough for a roller. Don’t put too much and place is somewhere near.
- Painting Proper
Use a roller to paint the stucco. Glide it back and forth on the surface, and use vertical and horizontal motions for maximum coverage. Then, use a masonry brush to fill in the gaps. It will allow you to have control and avoid mistakes.
Leave the paint to dry for 2-4 hours. If you are planning to do another coat, do it the next day.
- Second Coat (optional)
If you are not satisfied and think you can achieve a bolder color by doing a second coat, than you may apply it. Do it like you did earlier. Remember, do not apply the paint heavily to prevent hiding the natural texture of the surface. Allow it to dry for 1 day and cure for 30 days.
- Applying Elastomeric Paint
To keep your stucco new-looking for years, you may apply resilient elastomeric paint. It will keep the surface protected from moisture and scratches.
Make sure that you are doing things properly and using the correct materials for a home project like this. If you do, it will make sure that your stucco will stand the weather and won’t need repainting for several years. It will keep making your house look pretty for a long time.