Having a stucco exterior is a bit unlike having an exterior that is made of other material — it can be quite tricky to work with and if you’re not careful when you’re working with it, you could make quite an unpleasant mess, even inadvertently.
Fortunately, you can count on doing a good job of painting even the most tricky stucco exterior should you be well aware of some of the complexities involved with doing so.
1. Curing Time Is Important
When stucco is newly applied to the exterior of your home, the last thing you are going to want to do is to rush right into painting — you need to give the exterior time to properly cure.
The curing process is necessary because it is what will get all of the moisture out of the stucco and get it to be as ready as possible for being painted.
Prematurely painting your stucco exterior is a bad idea because you’re likely going to end up with a stucco surface that is sufficiently bad in terms of being damaged — since it wasn’t fully cured — and then you could find yourself having to spend time repairing the damage caused to your stucco exterior.
On the other end of the spectrum is when you have a stucco exterior that is older, and you need to take the time to clean it before you think about repainting it.
Having a stucco exterior that has dirt on it — and when you’re dealing with exterior stucco, that pretty much means all of it unless you happened to have cleaned recently — is not conductive to the painting process.
Paint doesn’t adhere well to dirty stucco, and so you’re not doing yourself any favors if you don’t clean before you begin painting.
Stucco in general does require more paint than your average surface being painted (along with brick, of course) but depending on the texture, you might be looking at using more paint.
Rough texture means that you will be using more paint than if the texture of the stucco is smooth.
If you find that you have small cracks in your stucco surface, you will need to take care of them using masonry caulk.
The reason that this is so important is that if you just go on painting and don’t notice the cracks in your stucco, your paint will go into the cracks and ultimately you’ll have painted stucco that just has crack in it.
The best kind of primer that you could use when you are getting your stucco surface for painting is an acrylic primer.
Stucco has what one might call an uneven surface and when you’re dealing with such a surface, it’s good to have a primer that is acrylic to help you get the paint to adhere properly.
When you are painting with spray paint, there sometimes are lines that appear as a result of the process.
Using a paint roller you can correct those lines and you will never know that the lines were ever were there.
Painting is not really such a great idea when the weather is unpleasant, but painting when it is raining outside is certainly not recommended when you are painting stucco.
Stucco that gets wet is not stucco that you want to paint — that will lead to all kinds of paint problems later on.
If you need a professional to help you with your exterior painting in Omaha, NE, our team at Brush & Roll Painting can help.