DIY Tips For Painting Residential Exterior Stucco

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DIY Tips For Painting Residential Exterior Stucco

3 February 2016
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If you are ready to tackle the project of repainting the exterior stucco on your home, then you will be happy to learn that there are several things you can do to make the project successful. Working with stucco requires that you do things a bit differently than if you were going to paint wood or siding.

Here are some tips to ensure that your home's stucco will look like it was painted by a professional:

Pressure Wash Your Home's Stucco Prior to Painting

Since you home is subjected to the weather every day, there is dust and dirt that has accumulated in the voids in the stucco finish. Using a garden hose or power washer set on a low setting, you should wash your entire home. When you are washing, keep the sprayer nozzle a couple feet from the surface. Spray the bottom first and work your way to the top to avoid dirty water drips.

You can clean any areas of the stucco that have mold with a solution of chlorine bleach and water. Use a natural-bristled brush and scrub the mold to remove it. Wash the area with clean water afterward to remove any remaining bleach.

Once your home has been washed, then you should let it dry in the sun until it has completely dried.

Apply Textured Caulking to Any Cracks or Chips in the Stucco

When you are preparing your home for painting, you should fill in any cracks or small chips in the stucco with textured caulking. Since stucco tends to develop thin cracks, using a caulking gun with a very small diameter tip will work the best. Check the grit size inside of the caulking to ensure that it will easily pass through the caulking gun tip that you select.

Always Use Flat Paint on Exterior Stucco 

While a high-gloss paint is perfect for many residential painting applications, it is not a good choice for exterior stucco surfaces. Stucco is a very durable surface that protects your home well from the elements, but it does have a tendency to stain, chip, and form small cracks. Flat paints do a much better job of camouflaging these small imperfections in the stucco than a high-gloss paint. 

In addition to using a flat paint, you should also apply a layer of primer to your home. The primer will help the new paint adhere better and will result in a beautiful paint job, even if you only use one coat of new paint. If you are making a drastic change in the color of your home, then you may want to add that second coat to ensure that you end up with an even color throughout the entire exterior of your home.

For more information, contact Strictly Residential Professional Painting Services or a similar company.

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removing cigarette smoke stains and odors from walls

I own several rental properties and have been fairly lucky about the tenants that have lived in them. There have only been three instances in which I had some issues to take care of before I could rent the apartments out because the former tenants weren't the best at keeping it in good condition. One problem that I have had and needed to learn how to resolve is cigarette smoke damage. My blog will show you how to cover up the smoke stains and odors without having to rip out the walls in the home that smells and looks terrible.