It’s time to paint your house — and it just so happens that the exterior of your house is stucco… does that mean that you’re stuck-o with no power to change the paint?
Absolutely not – there are many options available to you for painting stucco.
The question is, how you do it, and how to best do it.
Here are six tips for painting stucco in Valrico, FL.
There are a few things that might put a stumbling block before you, when you are getting ready to paint a stucco exterior, and one of those things is a crack or cracks in the wall.
Before you even apply the first drop of primer, or even take out your paintbrushes, fix any patches or cracks that might exist.
A caulk that already has some sand added to it will be useful in fixing these patches or cracks in the stucco.
Though it might be tempting to paint on top of existing paint, you shouldn’t with stucco walls.
Ideally, you want to remove the paint is already on there, if there is before you begin your paint job.
The best way to remove paint from a stucco wall is with a powerful pressure washer.
Pressure washers, besides being the subject of amusing online videos, are good at removing paint from stucco walls.
They are good at removing other things, including…
If the stucco walls you are looking to paint have a good amount of dirt on them, you will want to get them clean.
A clean surface is the best one for painting.
Prior to starting the paint job, get a good pressure washer, and thoroughly clean the surface of the stucco wall.
The stucco on your house should not be painted if it is too new.
New, in this case, means under two months old — and if it is under two months old, you will want to hold off on painting the surface.
Prematurely painting a stucco wall is not recommended, and if you know that the stucco wall is that new, don’t immediately try to paint it.
There are different types of weather, and they do not all permit for exterior painting — so definitely check the weather before you start in a long-term painting project (which all exterior wall projects are because of how much there is to paint).
If the weather is too hot or too cold, you will not want to paint the house — rather, wait for an ideal temperature range and not paint outside if it is raining or snowing.
Mostly, the late summer and early fall are best for painting outside, but this depends on where you are in the world.
6.Measure Twice And Paint Once
There is something to be said for having enough material on hand before you start a job, and for painting a stucco exterior, this is even more so the case.
This is because a stucco exterior might give you an impression that you need a certain amount of paint based on the dimensions, but add a little of paint as the stucco absorbs paint — better to be left with a little paint after the job is done than to have to go out and get more during the job, right?
If you need any professional help with exterior home painting in Riverview, FL, our team at American Veteran Painting can help. We have years of experience and a long list of happy clients. To get started, book a FREE estimate HERE.