Can You Paint Over Exterior Stucco?

Answer:

You can update old stucco siding with the application of exterior paint. Stucco holds paint well, and as long as the siding is in good condition, prepping for paint is minimal and involves caulking cracks and cleaning the old stucco.

Answer:

Yes, you can paint over old exterior paint, though any areas where chipping, cracking, or peeling have occurred must be carefully sanded to remove the loose paint without damaging the stucco.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it OK to paint over old paint on stucco?

Yes, you can paint over old exterior paint, though any areas where chipping, cracking, or peeling have occurred must be carefully sanded to remove the loose paint without damaging the stucco.

Can you use acrylic latex on a stucco exterior?

If these pinholes are present, then simply top-coating with an acrylic latex paint is not advised. High-quality acrylic latex paints will stick to the existing elastomeric coating just fine, but they will not fill the pinholes. This is because the paint will not fill the holes and as it dries it shrinks and the holes re-appear.

What's the difference between stucco and painted walls?

Stucco is a plaster comprised of water and cement that provides an alternative to painted exteriors.

What's the best way to apply stucco to wood?

Dip the paint roller into the paint tray and apply the bonding agent evenly over the wall. If stuccoing a wooden surface, attach waterproof roofing paper to the surface following the sanding but prior to the application of the bonding agent. This step prevents moisture from causing the underlying wood to mold.

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