Repair Cracking Stucco
Bill in Wisconsin needs some help repairing stucco. How can we help you today?BILL: Hi. Yes, I have a stucco problem in my house. Matter of fact it’s breaking off in certain places; at least the topcoat is.
TOM: Is it concrete stucco, Bill, or is it a drivet product?
BILL: No, it’s concrete.
BILL: This is an old house. This house was probably built in the early 1900s …
BILL: … and it’s been on there since then …
BILL: … and it’s sort of the last project that I’m – I’ve remodeled the house completely and this is kind of the last project and it’s a rather difficult one because I’m not sure exactly how to fix this. I know there are some new products out there but I’m not familiar with them and I can’t really find a lot of information.
TOM: Alright, what’s exactly happening to the stucco? Are you seeing the metal screening below? What does it look like now?
BILL: No, actually I’m only seeing the – I know that stucco goes on in like three coats -a scratch coat and a main body and then a topcoat – and this topcoat is what is breaking off in several places.
TOM: OK. Bill, I would use an epoxy patching compound. If it’s only coming off in several places like that I would use an epoxy compound that’s designed for stucco and then I would repaint the surface and you’ll get good adhesion in those spaces.
BILL: OK, so do I have to put anything special on there to make it stick to that?
TOM: No, that’s the advantage of using the epoxies. It’s not concrete. It’s a much stickier application.
LESLIE: And there’s no prep; no pulling away anything that’s loose or any sort of sanding or scuffing up of a region to make it more prone to adhesion?
TOM: In the old days you’d have to do all that but in this case, as long as it’s clean and dry it should adhere right to it just fine. You know, QUIKRETE makes great products that will do just that. Check out their website at QUIKRETE.com.
BILL: OK, I’ll do that. And one other question concerning that same project. Once I get that repair is there a special paint that I can use to spray on it?
TOM: Well, you could have it sprayed or you could, you know, brush paint it or roll paint it. That’s really just an application question. But any exterior grade paint is going to work for that that’s rated for stucco.
BILL: Alright, thanks for your help. I appreciate it.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.