By Reggie Bullard
paid to have my house's trim painted and a color coat with
lace stucco texture on my home. Needless to say I have been
for many days. My color coat with spanish lace stucco texture is
cracked and falling off. If you rub your hand over it everything
falls off. Can you tell me what went wrong and what I have to do
to remedy the situation. I did pay to have a professional do
However, I now believe that they apparently did not know what they were
doing. Can you offer me any suggestions?
Another reader writes:
Can you stucco over existing stucco. We purchased a new home and when the stucco was put on, the wrong color was put on. The company then came and fogged over the stucco with the new color, however, this is now chipping when you touch it) and running (when it rain or any water comes into contact with it). Now this company wants to come and stucco over what is there now. Is this okay or should we request that they remove the stucco and scratch coat and do it properly. My concern is that if the fogging is chipping and running can the new stucco bond to it properly.
This is typical of messages that I get all the time. First, before hiring someone to resurface your house insist on going by a looking at a job they have done like your house, if not two or three. An hour or two of riding around may save you a lot of grief.
The reason white portland and sand (with
color) won't bond
Wetting down the old color doesn't seem to do much good. It just has too much suction.
There are several methods of re-color coating stucco. I am going to tell you my method and mention some others.
The new color coat or portland cement
be bonded using an acrylic in the mortar, such as Acryl60, Milestone or
A better method is to apply a bonding
the new finish. A bonding coat can be just a mixture of acrylic liquid
and gray portland (no sand) applied with a stiff broom or a brush,
the surface rough before applying the finish. Our method is mixing gray
portland with a medium sand
Another advantage of using a bonding coat instead of just a
on top is
Other methods: In California, and other places, the old color coat is sometimes sandblasted completely off before a new color coat is applied.
An old method that still is widely used in Mexico and other
a portland cement paste (click
details), or the wall is
dashed first with a brush using sanded