How to Paint a Stucco House

Stucco is a building material that dates back to the ancient civilizations. A mixture of cement, sand and water, stucco is highly durable.


Able to stand up to high temperatures and extreme weather conditions, the stucco house is also environmentally friendly and versatile enough to congeal with any type of constructed foundation. However, because stucco is highly porous, painting can be a bit of a challenge. Therefore, having the correct products on hand to do the paint job is essential.

  1. Remove any dirt and debris that are on the surface of the stucco. The best way to accomplish this is to use a power washer. The pressure of the power washer will clean out all the crevices of the stucco, and you can clean a wider area, as well.

  2. Allow the stucco to dry thoroughly. You do not want any water or dampness laying on the surface of the stucco that will interfere with the adherence of the paint.

  3. Repair any areas of the stucco house that are cracked, or have deep crevices. Your neighborhood home improvement store sells "acrylic latex caulk" that will fill the cracks, easily and efficiently.

  4. Purchase an acrylic-based paint. Unlike oil-based paints, acrylic paint will allow the stucco to breathe and reduce the likelihood that moisture will have the opportunity to collect in the stucco's pours.

  5. Fill your paint sprayer and carefully spray your chosen color of acrylic paint onto the stucco. Once the first layer of paint is dry, it is a good idea to spray a second coat just in case you have missed any spots.


If you do not have access to a paint sprayer, a heavy duty sponge roller will do. You can also use a paint brush, but both of these methods can be tedious and time consuming since you will have to see that you paint all the crevices. Painting stucco in the early fall is optimum due to the dry weather conditions.


If your home has had stucco applied recently, be advised that there is a "curing" period that needs to be considered before painting. New stucco needs at least three months to completely harden before painting, or else the paint will peel. It is also recommended that you apply a water-based primer to the stucco before you paint.