One other universal fact remains, that it is only the surface that has to be painted. It is, therefore, necessary that the surface to be painted has to be prepared for this task. The key factors that would ensure a long lasting paint scheme are a drywall and a clean wall surface.
It is generally opined that using pressurised water to clean the surface is the best way for the surface or wall cleaning. However, this process also has demerits which need to be considered. The stucco itself could get loose due to the pressure applied upon it. Water could also ingress under the surface of the stucco if care is not exercised. For this reason, in case this option is being used for cleaning, the surface suitable distance and correct angle of spraying the water needs to be borne in mind.
Cracks and small gaps should be sealed with sealants. This would prevent ingress of water under the existing stucco layer. Longevity of the applied paint is also ensured in this process. The application of paint on wet surface as advised by professional painters needs to be considered for its demerits prior to accepting this recommendation.
It is a good practice to take steps that ensure the surface is level for the paint to be applied. Existing damage to the surface needs to be repaired and loose stucco to be removed in the preparatory steps.
In order to ensure that the repaired patches match up with the rest of the surface area professional help could be of use. Applying two coats of the patch up work is also an advisable step as the surface being level all through and matching texture being the end result would be ensured.
Caulk could be applied for cracks small in dimension. Where the crack is of larger dimension, and it is felt that the material may move, application of elastomeric caulk would be more suitable.
These types of preparatory steps and repair measures need time prior to their being permissible for being painted upon. Sufficient time is a must for such actions to be well stabilised. Professional painters may suggest fast action steps as their trade mark. These type of suggestions needs to be weighed considerably prior to acceptance.
To start a paint job on a surface which has newly been stucco coated, it is best to consult the contractor prior to starting the paint job and only doing so at the time he advises. This being required to allow the wall and other masonry works to have completed their required curing period and the stucco to have affected a firm grip upon the surface.
People who embark on the job of painting the stucco house have this common query of how to prep stucco house for paint. The guidelines stated above are the most common rules to be followed for doing this job. Taking outside help or doing the task oneself is irrelevant as far as the preparatory steps are concerned. These are essential and have to be adhered to.
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