July 4

Stucco Repair and Painting Guide for Commercial Buildings

Stucco Repair and Painting Guide for Commercial Buildings


Commercial buildings, given their heavy use and constant exposure to weather, tend to require regular maintenance. One common element often in need of such maintenance is the building’s stucco exterior. Here’s what you need to know about stucco painting and repair for commercial buildings from professional painters.

What is Stucco?

Stucco is a type of plaster that consists of cement, sand, and lime. Due to its durability and versatility, it is a popular choice for exterior wall surfaces on commercial buildings. However, like any material, it can degrade over time due to weather conditions, physical damage, or normal wear and tear. When this happens, the stucco may require repair or repainting.

When to Consider Stucco Repairs

Before planning any painting project, it’s important to assess the state of your building’s stucco. Regular inspections can help detect early signs of damage. Indicators that your stucco may need repair include:

  • Cracks, no matter how small they are.
  • Stains or discoloration could suggest water damage.
  • Chips or larger sections of missing stucco.
  • Bulging or warping of the stucco surface.

The Stucco Repair Process

  1. Assess the damage: Identify the extent and depth of the damage.
  2. Remove damaged stucco: Carefully chisel away the damaged stucco without causing further harm to the structure.
  3. Apply a new base layer: This involves mixing new stucco and applying it to the area. It may require more than one layer.
  4. Apply a finish coat: After the base layer has cured, a final layer is applied to match the texture of the existing stucco.
  5. Cure the stucco: The new stucco is then allowed to cure for a specified period.

Preparing Stucco for Painting

Before painting, you need to make sure the stucco is clean and in good condition. Power washing can be effective in removing dirt, mildew, or loose material from the surface. If the stucco has been repaired, ensure it is fully cured before starting to paint.

Choosing the Right Paint

Not all paints are suitable for stucco surfaces. Elastomeric paint, for example, is often recommended due to its ability to bridge small cracks and its excellent weather-resistant properties. It also offers great adhesion and can resist wind-driven rain.

The Painting Process

The process of painting stucco isn’t much different from other painting projects. However, it’s essential to ensure that the surface is thoroughly coated and the paint is properly applied to avoid peeling or blistering. This usually involves:

  1. Priming the surface: A primer will help the paint adhere to the stucco and give a more vibrant, even color.
  2. Applying the paint: Using a sprayer or roller, apply the paint evenly over the surface.
  3. Adding a second coat: Once the first coat has dried, assess the coverage. A second coat may be needed for full coverage and protection.

Request a Quote from Professional Painters by Contacting Arthur Cole Painting Corporation

If the process of repairing and painting stucco sounds daunting, or you simply want the assurance of professional quality, Arthur Cole Painting Corporation is here for you. Our experienced team of professional painters understands the unique demands of stucco repair and painting on commercial buildings. Request a quote and let us help you maintain the aesthetics and durability of your building’s stucco exterior.


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