How To Patch Stucco Surfaces
Stucco is extremely strong and durable, but just like any exterior side wall surface, it can get damaged. Usually, homeowners will only have problems with stucco if it actually gets scratched or gouged. Stucco repair is not common, but it might be necessary once or twice over the lifetime of your home. This article explains how to best repair stucco and what products you need for the job.
Using Stucco Patch
Stucco patch is sold at most home improvement stores. It comes in large, resealable tubs. In order to apply it, you need to use a putty knife with a large metal blade. Stucco patch is similar to drywall putty, but it is much heavier and a little thicker.
Prepping the Area
Before you apply the patch, you need to lightly prep the area. If you paint is peeling away on your stucco, you want to scrape it off. You don't want any harsh edges. Similarly, if the edge of your stucco is peeling away from the wall, you might want to scrape it away. Often, this means you need to make your hole bigger than it originally was. However, if you apply a stucco patch over a piece that is already peeling away from the wall, it is going to have air bubbles underneath it, and it won't be a permanent solution.
Applying the Patch
First, you want to spread the patch onto the damaged area, using the putty knife to compress it onto the wall. It should stick well enough to the wall, but if you apply it too thickly, the weight of the patch can make it fall down. Then, you need to use a large grout sponge to apply that texture and make it match with the existing stucco. This part of the job can often be the most tricky.
You will need to get your sponge wet, and have a bucket of water on hand so you can wring it out every once in a while. The wetter your sponge is, the smoother the patch will be as you rub it. If you leave your sponge a little drier, it will leave behind a rough texture. This process might take a little bit of trial and error. As you used to the consistency of the patch, you will figure out what techniques enable you to match the existing texture.
Take your time, and make sure to prime the patched area before you paint it. For more information, contact a company like MR. STUCCO MAN.