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Scholars Edge Painting understands that a fresh coat of paint on exterior stucco can refresh the appearance of your home and provide protection against the elements. Here’s what Scholars Edge Painting suggests to help you paint exterior stucco:

Before Painting:

Inspect the stucco for any cracks, holes, or areas of damage, and repair any imperfections using a stucco patching compound. Once restored, cleaning the stucco surface thoroughly removes dirt, dust, mildew, and other contaminants. You can use a pressure washer or a scrub brush and hose. Allow the stucco to dry completely before painting. This allows for a smooth, even paint coverage. Cover any nearby surfaces, such as windows, doors, and landscaping, with plastic sheeting or drop cloths to protect them from paint overspray. Next, prime the surface of the stucco to help improve paint adhesion and coverage, especially if the stucco is porous or has never been painted before. Use a primer compatible with the stucco and the paint you’ll be using.

Applying the Paint:

When it’s time to paint, divide the exterior into manageable sections, such as one wall at a time. This prevents the paint from drying before you can blend it properly. If your stucco has a textured finish, try to match the existing texture as closely as possible. You can use a texture sprayer or a textured roller for this. Apply the paint with a thick nap (3/4 inch or thicker) roller to ensure even coverage. Work in small sections, starting from the top and working your way down. Use a brush to cut in around edges, corners, and other areas that the roller can’t reach. Apply the paint in a thick, even coat, being careful not to leave drips or runs. Work quickly to blend each section into the next to avoid visible seams. 

After Painting:

After you’ve applied the paint, allow the first coat to dry completely according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This may take several hours or longer, depending on the temperature and humidity. Depending on the desired colour and coverage, you may need to apply multiple coats of paint. Allow each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Once the final coat is dry, inspect the stucco for any missed spots, drips, or imperfections. Touch up any areas as needed with a brush or roller. This final step ensures a flawless finish and enhances the overall appearance of the stucco.


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