How to Paint Stucco in Florida

Exterior painting is one of the simplest and most effective ways of enhancing curb appeal and making your home look more attractive and inviting. If your home has a stucco finish, you may be wondering if it’s possible to paint stucco. In this guide, we’ll provide some top tips and tricks to ensure a flawless aesthetic.

Before you begin

Before you arm yourself with a paintbrush and some overalls, it’s wise to take a moment to inspect the exterior of your home and check the condition of the stucco. Stucco is durable and hard-wearing, but it is not invincible, and on closer inspection, you may be able to spot cracks, signs of wear and tear or patches that could do with some TLC. Before you paint stucco, it’s beneficial to address these issues to prevent further damage. In many cases, you will be able to patch up the stucco and smooth and strengthen the material using acrylic caulk or a premixed stucco repair formula, but if you have concerns about extensive damage, or you’re unsure what to do, don’t hesitate to seek expert advice.

The first step to take if your stucco is in good condition is to clean the exterior of your home with a pressure washer. This will help to remove dirt and debris and ensure that the paint adheres to the surface.

How to paint stucco

The painting tools and techniques you choose to utilize will depend on the finish of the stucco.

  • If you have a smooth surface, you can use a roller or a sprayer to carefully cover the external surface. Spraying is faster and it tends to produce a more even finish.
  • For a semi-smooth finish, it is advisable to use a roller with a ¾”- 1” nap and to apply at least two coats.
  • For a rough finish, spraying is easier than using a roller with a thicker nap and it prevents the paint from getting stuck in tiny crevices and dips.

When spraying, always cover the area to protect against staining, wear a mask, and use a shield to control the flow of the paint. Spray the paint in different directions to facilitate seamless blending and consider rolling the surface once you have finished spraying.

When using a roller, select the right size nap and avoid using too much paint. Be gentle and use a range of different patterns to spread and blend the paint. If the stucco is not already painted, it’s advisable to use a primer. Switch to a brush to paint around door frames and windows.

Should I hire a professional to paint stucco?

Professional painters specialize in interior and exterior painting, providing an array of house painting services to suit your needs. If you don’t feel confident about painting the stucco on your house, you don’t have a huge amount of time available, or you’re keen to achieve a perfect finish, it’s a good idea to consider hiring experienced house painting experts. Look for the best painters in your local area and ask neighbors and friends for recommendations. It is possible to attempt DIY stucco painting, but enlisting the services of pros will save you time and effort and enhance the aesthetic of your home.


Painting stucco can boost curb appeal, but it can be time-consuming. If you’d like to paint your home, it’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of hiring a professional versus doing the job yourself.

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