How To Paint Stucco Walls

Tips, instructions and ideas for learning how to paint stucco walls yourself.

Stucco is mainly used on the exterior walls of a house, or other building, but sometime over the years it finally found its way inside. Stucco, which is a relatively smooth type of textured plaster, can give a home a rather charming old look. Putting stucco on a wall is similar to using regular plaster because a trowel is used for both applications.

Stucco is successful at covering damaged, previously plastered walls. It can also be put on wood lathe, brick or over cement blocks. It can be used to cover the logs on the inside or the outside of a house or other building, too.

If you have stucco walls in your home, you might be tired of seeing the same tinted plaster. Usually, when stucco is applied to a wall, it's tinted with whatever color you desire. The color is usually a light shade. (White plaster tends to look unfinished and can be sometimes considered plain.) This way, just like regular plaster, you don't have to paint it right away.

Side note: If you decide that you don't like the stucco covering your walls, you can actually remove it altogether. If it's not sealed with a polyurethane sealer, you can simply spray hot water on the stucco. Let the water soak into and loosen the material. Then, use a tack hammer, chisel, and a putty knife to carefully remove the stucco.

Before you paint over the stucco walls inside your house, you'll need to inspect the surface. Look for cracks, holes, and other imperfections. You'll need to repair these damaged areas before you proceed.

To do this, you'll need to purchase a good quality stucco repair product and a trowel, if you don't already have one. You can find a suitable product at your local home improvement store. Be sure that you read and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the container in order to achieve the best results.

Basically, you'll need to use a trowel to make the repaired stucco areas blend in with the rest of the wall. If the holes or cracks are near woodwork, or another type of material, you'll need to tape off the wood, et cetera, so you don't get stucco repair on it. Be sure that you make the repaired areas as thick as the rest of the wall is too.

Then, choose a good quality, interior, latex type of paint to cover the stucco walls with. You'll also need a paint roller and a paint pan for this project. Make sure that you choose roller pads that have a thick nap. (The thick nap will help to hold more paint on the roller at once.) Of course, you'll need to read and follow the manufacturer's directions on the paint container in order to achieve the best results.

Roll the paint onto the stucco so that the paint covers the walls evenly with no bare spots or thick, heavy spots showing.

After the paint has thoroughly dried, you can cover it with a polyurethane sealer. The sealer can be applied with a paint roller too. The sealer will help to make the stucco stronger. It will also help to protect it from dirt, dust, and water damage.

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