Characteristics of Stucco

Painting Stucco - Do You Have to?

The color of stucco can be changed without painting stucco. You have many options for changing the color which include painting, adding oxide pigments, and even changing up the mixture used in the stucco.

We highly recommend using a professional for all options here:

If you are applying exterior stucco to your home and you don’t like the natural color of the material then painting stucco is an option. There are three different ways you can color stucco which include painting, using different stucco mixes, and adding oxide pigments.

One thing to keep in mind when painting stucco is that you need to be sure that the wall is ready to be painted. If you have just applied the retaining wall siding then you should wait up to six weeks before applying any type of paint. If you need to repair damaged drywall then you should do this first. Repairing damages should be done prior to applying any type of stucco mixture. It is recommended you repair all cracks and apply new stucco before you attempt to paint.

If you want to paint stucco the best paints to use are acrylic based paints. Don’t use oil-based paints because they tend to interfere with the way the paint works and dries on stucco. Not only does the paint not remain on the material but the oils in the paint are not good for the material. Acrylic paint is the best option for painting stucco and it should be the only consideration. There are plenty of colors for you to choose from. The best colors of paint that look the most attractive on stucco are the earthy tones. Colors like beige, tan, peach, and sand look the most attractive on this material. However, you can paint a stucco house any color you prefer.

There are other ways to choose a color without painting stucco. You can add oxide pigment to the stucco mixture prior to applying it to the retaining wall.  Oxide pigments can also allow you to choose different colors. These pigments are added to the finish coat after the top coat of stucco has finished curing. If you do choose to use pigment to color the stucco, be sure to carefully measure the mix of every batch. Obviously one batch is not enough for an entire house. You will need to make the mixture a handful of times. If you don’t pay attention to the exact amount of pigment you are mixing in then the colors around the home will not be consistent.

Some people want bright white stucco. The only disadvantage of something like this is if you live in a dusty environment or the desert then the dirt and dust will be more visible. You will need to spray your home down with a hose more often.  Painting stucco is not required if you want white. When mixing the materials for applying exterior stucco, you will want to use white Portland cement, lime, and white silica sand. This will allow the stucco to appear bright white without having to paint it.


When you’re considering updating the exterior of your home or when designing a new house for you your family, exploring stucco exteriors may provide the unique look and benefits your looking for in an exterior solution. As a building material, it has a long history throughout the Middle East for both exterior and interior all construction. The properties of the material are a mix of sand and a binding agent such as lime, cement, or even simply water. This material can be used to create texture patterns or be installed for a smooth finish. It is an extremely durable building material that makes it very weather resistant and durable.

In the past, lime and water were sufficient to act as a binding agent but today most contractors rely on cement for installation. Lime is used, however, as an additive. This allows the wall covering to breathe when exposed to weather changes, keeping it from cracking. Other materials used to augment the strength and design of the stucco exteriors includes acrylics or glass fibers. Surfaces can range from wood to right over cinderblocks. It can even be used inside right over wallpaper.

To properly use this material, there are several steps required to make sure it adheres to the outside surface of your house. Usually metal mesh is employed to support the exterior. Stucco is applied on wet and will bind onto a base cost. Usually three layers of stucco are installed for the best appearance and the sturdiest construction. Drying is a delicate process and professionals can more assure that there is not trouble with major cracking and shrinking. The last layer is added to finish off the look you desire.

If your concerned about the cost of stucco exteriors, it is important to know that very little preparatory work needs to be done before installation and the materials used are extremely inexpensive. It is, however, a tricky material to work with and is best left to the professionals to properly install this beautiful material to avoid problems with breathability and cracking.

For the best material, stucco exteriors will give you decades of reliable protection for your home as well as years of incomparable beauty. This material is water resident and durable to provide the very best protection and easy to clean and maintain. The important things to think about when thinking about updating exterior is the quality of product. Stucco is timeless. Ask your contractor about whether Stucco exteriors would be right for your home.





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