If you have a stucco home, you know that over time it will need some repairs and maintenance and there is nothing that you can do about that. However, if you have to hire a professional to do the repairs, it can get very expensive, so it might be a good idea to look into doing it yourself. There are numerous products on the market that allow the do it your self person to do a good professional looking job. You just need to make sure that you follow the instructions to the letter or else you could end up with a repair that does not stand the test of time.
One such product is called “Stucco Patch” and it contains16 grit sand and a polymer that makes it sticky and easier to work with. You can apply this product to a hole that is from one half inch to two inches deep. The instructions are faily detailed and there are a few youtube videos that show how to use the product as well. I believe you can find it in big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes.
If you have a rather large hole that was cut into the side of the house to access plumbing or for some other reason, you can follow these steps.
- Chip away the stucco an all sides of the hole to expose the paper and mesh. You will need at least three or four inches so that you can apply new paper. It is important to note that the new paper must go under the existing paper at the top of the hole to ensure that if water gets through the stucco it will not go into the house. The new paper must go over the existing paper at the bottom of the hole.
- Cut a wire mesh to the correct size to fit the hole that has been covered with paper.
- Mix two buckets of Portland cement and add luminite to one of them. So, you will have one bucket that is pretty thick and one that is much more thin and watery. The luminite will accellerate the process of drying and setting. Luminite is very tough to work with but after many jobs it gets easier to handle. Luminte will also go bad in time just like food, so you you need to use it up in a certain amount of time.
- Apply the luminite mix to the mesh and use a trowel to create a nice smooth finish. Allow the luminite cement to set for about 10 minutes.
- Use the more watery cement to apply the final finish. Dip a large brush also known as a dash brush into the cement and flick your brush at the smooth finish. This will create the final look of the stucco with the dimples and grooves in the finish. Make sure you try and make it look like the rest of the house.
- Once the repair has had time to dry, go ahead and paint the patch job to complete the job.
Thanks to the stucco professionals at 5.0 in Calgary, AB for this information
Here is a video that shows the process in further detail.