10. What if the stucco won’t come clean? What if I want to change the colour
of the stucco?
Then there are 4 options…
#1… Live with stucco that is a bit dingy, and with the old colour….this is the cheapest of the options. Usually dirty stucco will last just as long as clean stucco so it is not a longevity issue.
#2…. Refinish the section that is in question….if it is a chimney or a balcony…the section is usually isolated from the other wall sections…and can be over-stuccoed with a new finish. This is the most costly and the most durable of the options. If an entire house is done..then a totally new finish and texture are easy options….it renews the finish and lasts another 30-50 years.
#3….. Apply “Liquid Stucco” to the section, or more often, to the entire house. This is a proprietary product invented and developed by Stucco Doctor. It is about twice as costly as paint depending upon the section to be done…but is less than the over-stucco option. It is essentially real stucco with colour but minus the sand…plus 11 herbs and spices. Never causes or contributes to rot…ever. Looks and acts like new stucco….but does not change the finishing pattern….the waves are still waves…but new looking. It absorbs in to the old overly porous finish and rejuvenates the stucco sheet from the inside out…making it look and act new again….colour changes are available, however, these can only be applied over non-painted surfaces.
#4….. Paint the stucco with acrylic latex paint. It needs to be an exterior latex paint….not an elastomeric, nor liquid vinyl. Apply one good primer coat and one good finish coat. This may work fine, if the house has good overhangs and the balcony walls and other areas are protected from the majority of the rain fall. If there are sections that can become soaking wet ….then paint of any type will gradually cause moisture to build up and wood to rot...especially if they are not properly vented.