If your stucco home or building is looking faded and dull, a fresh coat of paint may be all it needs to refresh the look and protect it against the weather and elements. However, when dealing with freshly applied and/or old and damaged stucco extra steps must be taken to ensure you are getting the most out of your paint. This is why we have put together a list of 5 things you should know before painting stucco.
1. If You Paint Fresh Stucco Make Sure You Have The Proper Primer
If you’re painting on newly applied stucco, you need to give it time to cure. This can take between 30 - 60 days. Painting stucco before it is fully cured without the proper primer will trap moisture between the waterproof membranes and will very often result in the paint peeling, bubbling or chipping as the moisture attempts to escape. A good primer such as Eff-Shield Primer combats all these issues. Eff-Shield is formulated for use on highly alkaline stucco to seal, waterproof, and block efflorescence without having to wait for the stucco to cure completely. Not only does this save time, but it saves on future costs as common problems such as efflorescence bleed through and color burnout are prevented before the issues arise.
2. Don't Paint Over Damaged Stucco
Before painting stucco it is imperative to first assess the overall condition of the stucco. If the stucco is in good shape it will typically only require pressure washing prior to the application of the top coat. However, if the stucco is peeling, cracking or spalling it is necessary to fix these issues before applying the top coat of paint. Any stucco that is loose or failing will only cause issues in the future seriously reducing the life of the top coat of paint.
3. Elastomeric Caulking Is NOT The Answer For Patching Cracks
Elastomeric caulks bubble and peel when any moisture gets behind the surface. Caulks can also leave unsightly lines that are visible through the top coat of paint. So if elastomeric caulks aren't good for cracks what should you use? Stucco-Tek Crack Filler is a completely unique and permanent way to fix those cracks for good while providing a uniform surface for the application of the top coat. When applied Stucco-Tek penetrates deep into the cracks and adheres with the hold strength of 10,000 pounds per square inch. This prevents any cracks from expanding and Stucco-Tek won't bubble or peel if exposed to moisture.
4. When In Doubt, Roll it out!
Stucco is extremely porous and sometimes spraying the top coat of paint is not enough to properly coat the surface. Anytime you are dealing with rough or textured stucco it is imperative that the surface be back-rolled to ensure even coverage and a uniform appearance. Going the extra mile will assuredly provide the best finish and keep your paint looking fresh for years to come.
5. Choose The Best Products
With a myriad of products on the market it can be difficult to decide which products may be best suited for your project. At Spectrum Paint we've dedicated ourselves to providing unrivaled products as well as the knowledge to help our customers get the job done right EVERYTIME!