Tips For Patching Your Home's Exterior Stucco Wall On Your Own

Have a section of stucco on the outside of your home that is not looking so good with loose stucco? If so, it helps to know how to patch the stucco on your own with these tips.

Pick A Warm And Dry Day

You'll want to make sure that you pick a day where it is warm and dry to do the stucco repair. If the temperature is below freezing or there is rain in the forecast, it can cause the patch to not look right when you are finished. Keep an eye on the weather and pick a day where there is no rain before or after you plan to do the repair. 

Scrape Off The Loose Stucco

The first step will be to scrape off all of the loose stucco in the area that you want to patch. This can be done with a flat blade that is often referred to as a 5-in-1 tool. You'll want to scrape the surface until the wall is fairly smooth in those places since it will not do you any good to patch over loose stucco. You don't need to go overboard with the scraping, just as long as you patch the loose sections. Try not to damage the wall behind the stucco in the process to make the repair more complicated. 

Remove Loose Debris

You'll want to remove the loose debris from the wall using a rag. Simply run the rag over the area and make sure that you have removed small particles and dust that is stuck to the surface. It should get to a point where you no longer notice debris falling off the wall.

Mix The Stucco 

Your local home improvement store will sell stucco patch material. Make sure to follow all the directions for how to mix the stucco, but it will essentially involve adding water to the mix. It is always a good idea to start out with less water than you think, since you can always add more water later. The consistency of the stucco should be thick enough so that it hands on your trowel if you hold it sideways. If it easily slides off, add more stucco mix to thicken it up.

Apply The Stucco

The hardest part of the stucco is going to be applying the mix to the wall in a way that blends in. Without knowing the exact technique used on the wall previously, the patch may look obvious. Try moving the trowel across the wall in different patterns that mimic the look of the existing stucco. You can also use a paintbrush to add texture to the stucco once it is applied. If you like the way the texture looks, you can prime and paint the wall to finish. Don't feel confident repairing your own stucco, or have a large section that needs repair? Call a professional company like LP & Sons Brickote for help.