Painting Prep – Should You Paint Your Exterior Stucco Yourself?

If the siding on your house is stucco you know that it is a combination of powdered limestone or cement, blended with sand and water. It is a very durable siding for your home, but after awhile it can look aged and in need of some updating. Painting your stucco is a good idea but the question is whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. So should you do it yourself?

Getting Started – Painting Prep

Painting Prep – Should You Paint Your Exterior Stucco Yourself?Well, first you have to clean the stucco before you start to paint it. You must remove the dust and dirt, along with any staining. It could be as easy as using a stiff brush or as difficult as having to power wash it.

If you have to power wash it you have to be careful not to take the stucco off of the house or to crack it. If there are any cracks, or if you cause any, you’ll need to caulk them with a masonry caulk. If there are larger ones then you’ll need to repair them by removing loose debris and filling the cracks in with a stucco repair product. Then you need to wait for the repairs to cure for at least a week.

Once it has cured, then tape off windows and doors so you don’t paint them and apply primer. Primer is necessary. Using a roller is best, but if you have deep crevices in the stucco, you may have to spray paint it. More on that in a minute. It’s best to use a stain blocking primer so that any stains you couldn’t clean don’t bleed through your new paint. Let the primer dry then repeat with the stucco or masonry paint. You may need to do more than one coat.

Whew, that’s a lot of work

But you’re not through! If you find that the roller isn’t enough to get all the pain in the crevices, then you’ll need to use a sprayer. A store bought one probably won’t do so you’ll need to rent a professional one. You’ll need to completely cover windows and doors and spray each layer of paint.

Too much? Your best bet is to hire a professional. Let us do the work while you reap the benefits of saved time and a better looking home!

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