Painting Stucco: How to Ensure Great Results

Painting stucco is not the same process as painting other types of exterior siding. Because it has a very textured surface, stucco can be rather difficult to paint. You can’t just go pick up a regular can of paint and get to work. From making sure you have the right paint to the chosen method of painting, there are certain steps you must take before painting stucco. So, before you get started, make sure you understand the entire process.

Get the Right Paint

When painting stucco, you have to make sure you buy the right paint for the job. Many people make the mistake of getting regular acrylic paint but elastomeric paint is the kind you need. A heavy duty version of acrylic paint, it penetrates the stucco more effectively and has the ability to bridge small cracks on the surface. Elastomeric paint helps to prevent water penetration and is vapor permeable, meaning that it allows your walls to breathe without letting water vapor form blisters beneath the surface.


While elastomeric paint costs the same as acrylic, you will need much more for the job. A downfall of elastomeric paint is that it has a limited amount of colors to choose from. If you’re having trouble finding the color that you want you can use acrylic paint with elastomeric paint. Apply the elastomeric paint first and then add the color you want by adding a layer or two of acrylic paint.

Prepare the Stucco

Once you’ve obtained the proper paint for the job, it’s time to inspect your stucco walls. If your stucco is newly installed, wait at least 60 days before painting it. Once you’ve allowed the stucco to rest for the appropriate time, you should pressure wash it. This will remove any dirt, residue or chipped paint from the stucco surface. After doing so, you need to inspect your stucco for cracks. While small cracks are okay to be left alone, cracks big enough to slide a credit card into must be patched before painting. Please note that pressure washing stucco is a difficult job and if not done correctly, it could end up damaging your stucco walls. For this reason, it is best left to the professionals.

Prime and Paint

After you’ve prepared your stucco, you’re ready to prime and paint. Whether or not your stucco has been painted before, it is imperative that you apply a layer of primer first. The primer improves adhesion when you paint. When using elastomeric paint, do not try to spray it on by yourself. Because it is so thick, this type of paint does not spray easily. Professionals have the right equipment to make this process much easier. By spraying and backrolling the paint onto the stucco wall, you’ll achieve the paint thickness you’re looking for. If you simply use a roller and brush method, you may end up needing extra coats.


Painting Stucco Properly

Stucco is an excellent choice for your exterior siding. It is beautiful and durable, making your home look good while protecting it at the same time. At Royal State Construction, we specialize in stucco exterior siding. From installing the stucco to helping you pick the right paint, we’ll be work with you every step of the way. Take a peek at our gallery to see some of our past work or check out our transformations for a glimpse of what you can expect when you work with us. We have the experience and skills necessary to deliver the results you’re looking for. Contact us today to get started!

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