Painting Stucco: Sponge?

About a third of the exterior of my house is very rough stucco wall. Thick nap rollers are necessary to get into the nooks and crannies of the stucco. The rollers splatter a lot of paint everywhere and require a lot of elbow grease. I have been using those little 50 cent disposable foam brushes for some of the finer work (near trim). It occurred to me to try a large foam sponge.
Has anyone tried such an approach?
Does anyone have a better suggestion?
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Folks here warned me away from a sprayer a couple of months ago. Too much splatter, and so masking, required.
I tried an enormous foam rubber sponge from the car cleaning supplies department of Wal-Mart. A buck each. Works better than the thick-napped roller. I went through five of them for half the house.
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