Many homeowners have favored stucco for its durability compared to other types of surfaces. But sometimes you need to repair stucco cracks and paint them. Stucco is potentially challenging when house painting in Pleasanton because of its bumpy and uneven texture. Rolling or spraying is usually preferable over brushing when painting over stucco surfaces.
When you notice some cracks or holes on your stucco walls, you will have to repair them first before starting to paint.
Depending on the severity of the cracks, length and width, you should treat them differently. Some are hairline cracks, while others could be a lot wider. Specific reasons, such as problems with the foundation settlement or poor workmanship, can lead to damage to your stucco exterior walls.
How to repair and paint stucco cracks
For thin or hairline cracks:
- Using a hammer and chisel, make the crack wider until it reaches around a quarter-inch wide. The cut should be perpendicular to the wall, with the top of the crack being a bit wider.
- Clean the edges of the crack with a wire brush to eliminate debris.
- Next, fill in the crack from top to bottom with sand-textured acrylic caulk. Use a trowel to smooth the caulk out.
- Let the material cure for at least 24 hours before painting over it with water-based paint. Some allow 60 days to ensure the surface is cured correctly. Don’t worry if the caulked area still feels flexible. It’s perfectly fine. You want the caulk to be flexible. The caulk’s elasticity will enable it to stretch and adjust instead of disintegrating if the wall moves slightly (due to weather, climate, etc.).
For wider cracks or holes:
- You will need a cement-based material or patch for wider cracks or holes.
- Use a hammer and chisel to clear away any buckled or damaged stucco.
- Clean the crack’s edges with a wire brush to remove any debris.
- For more extensive damage, you may need to use cement, lime, sand, and an acrylic bonding agent. Mix the materials thoroughly and apply them to the cracks. You may want to purchase pre-mixed stucco patch material (sold in quarts or buckets) if you don’t have too many repairs to do. Allow the surface to cure correctly.
- Once the new stucco has cured, you can paint the house with latex paint.
Suppose the cracks are too extensive to the point that the siding has started to slough off. In that case, it’s better to hire a professional painting contractor specializing in repairing and painting stucco. What do you do if the damage covers larger sections of the stucco surface seems impossible? In that case, the painter may choose to replace these sections as necessary and will warranty their work.
Do you need to repair stucco cracks and paint? Are you prepared to do the work by yourself? If not, handing the job to house painting in Pleasanton contractors allows you to relax with the assurance that the pros will get the job done correctly and on time. Contact Custom Painting, Inc. for a free estimate today.