Painting Stucco

Posted in Home Improvement on June 18, 2018

Can I use latex paint to paint stucco?

If you own a stucco house and you thought about painting it, you may or may not be aware that latex paint isn't recommended for stucco because it prevents the house from breathing.

Latex paint actually seals the stucco, causing it to get harder with age. Stucco needs to be able to breathe, or you could be in for trouble. It might take 5 years or 20, but either way, the painted stucco will likely start to crumble and fall away. Then you’ll be faced with sandblasting or having all new stucco applied.

And how can you paint stucco?

A 50/50 mixture of Portland cement and an aggregate (usually silica sand) can be applied, but this mixture is only recommended for stucco with a heavy texture.

And, it's very tricky to work with, even for professionals. If you’ve never attempted this, you’ll probably want to hire a stucco contractor.

Due to climatic conditions, stucco homes in different areas of the country can have different problems and solutions. It’s best to contact a stucco specialist in your area if you’re experiencing trouble.

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Painting Stucco