For patching small areas, is it best to just stucco it with no color and
then plan on painting over it? I have added color a couple of times and
it's close, but never close enough that I don't have to paint over it.
Feathering the stucco out is good enough for me, but does not pass for
the in-house inspector/wife.
Thanks, fellers. I'll take the easy way out, use plain stucco and then
color match with paint. I did this before with some really small
patches and HDepot did a good job matching the color. Last time the
stucco was done was over 20 years ago and still mostly OK. I liked the
idea of coloring the stucco to avoid having to repaint later, but looks
like it's not practical for an amateur like me.
Now I'm practicing matching the texture. It was put down in 2 layers.
First layer has swirls (sand swirl) like this...
The 2nd layer is a knockdown pattern kind of like this...
Whoever dreamed up the knockdown style ought to have his balls shot off
at high noon. Besides being impossible to duplicate, the rough texture
is a magnet for dirt and bugs.
Every guy does knockdown a little different and you can usually figure
out who did it after you get used to their work. I agree, it is almost
impossible to duplicate.
I think the problem is it is harder to find people who can make it
smooth. The old "plaster" guys are all dead.
I'm very reluctant to use any kind of paint over stucco as the chances of
trapping moisture behind the stucco is very high. Better to consider something
Keep in mind you don't have to cover the entire house. As long as you get
reasonably close to the original color all you need to do is the repaired
section of wall to the corners.
Oren posted for all of us...
And I know how to SNIP
Is that the stuff they spray unruly prisoners with? Oh, thats OC!
Do you need an inspection done? I would be glad to do it!
Your place sounds like a palace compared to my dump.
Please forward addy and funds.
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