Stucco Painting Cost

How much does it cost to paint exterior stucco?

Stucco has a natural feel, but that doesn’t mean it has to look dingy. Updating old or worn stucco with a new coat of paint can make a huge difference to your home’s curb appeal. Painting stucco is different than painting wood siding and requires a special kind of acrylic paint. Although it is possible to do it yourself, hiring a professional is recommended. Stucco painting prices depend on the size, condition, and area of your home, but a home with a typical 1,000 square foot, single story floor plan typically costs $750-$900 to paint.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: Paint prices ranges between $30-$50 per gallon. Most professional painters recommend using a primer 1 and two coats of paint on exterior stucco 2. The paint for this project will typically cost $300-$400 depending on brand, quality, and amount needed.
  • Supplies: Other materials include brushes, tape, sprayers, and scaffolding 3, as well as any caulking 4 or supplies to repair the stucco 2. The price for a complet set depending on the quality of the supplies will cost between $15-$25
  • Labor: The majority of your painting budget will go to labor costs. Most professional painters earn an average of $20-$35 per hour. Assuming this project may take approximately 20 hours, labor will cost something between $400-$500.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Stucco 2 is susceptible to cracking and water damage, and many painters offer a waterproof coating called elastomeric. It can increase your materials costs by 50% but could also prevent future damage and save you money in the long run.
  • There are varying degrees of stucco 2 texture, and certain types of stucco 2 tend to absorb and require much more paint. However, more textured stucco 2 can be harder to crack and damage. Painting is a good time to consider adding more grit or texture to your current stucco 2 treatment, which can add another $500 to your total.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Painting exterior stucco 2 doesn’t typically require a permit, but you’ll want to check with your contractors to be sure the requirements in your area.
  • Using multiple colors, even for small accent colors, can add an extra $200-$300 per 1000 square feet of surface area, depending on the number of colors and the area they cover.
  • Even if it is in good condition, stucco 2 that is dirty or covered in mildew will typically require an additional day or two to power wash, clean and prep, which will increase your labor costs based on the extra hours worked.
  • Homes built before 1978 may still have lead 5 paint on the siding. If this is the case, the painter will need to scrape and remove the paint. This job can be toxic, so it should only be done by a professional. If the stucco 2 is in good shape underneath the lead 5 paint, it is safe to leave it with a new coat of paint.This cann add an extra $8000-$15,000 per 1000 square feet of surface area.
  • In some cases it may be better to re-stucco a home than to paint it, especially if the stucco 2 is extremely damaged or cracked. Re-stuccoing is more expensive, but it could pay off in the long run. Consult your painter or a contractor before making the final decision.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Primer: Preparatory coat applied to materials (drywall, wood, metal, etc.) before painting to ensure paint adhesion, extend paint durability, and help seal and protect the surface to be painted
2 Stucco: A type of durable plaster finish made of aggregates, a binder, and water (traditionally Portland cement, sand, and water) used on masonry, walls, ceilings, and decorative moldings
3 Scaffolding: A temporary structure used during construction/maintenance/painting projects to raise and support workers (or one worker), required materials, and equipment
4 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
5 Lead: A naturally occurring heavy metal that is highly toxic to humans, and has been used in paint, gasoline, piping, and other applications

Cost to paint exterior stucco varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bellingham, WA
-6%
Bloomfield, NJ
+27%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Dupont, WA
-1%
Durham, NC
-1%
Ferguson, NC
-36%
Florida, NY
-4%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Glendora, CA
+12%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lincoln, CA
+3%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Manassas, VA
+12%
Mebane, NC
-26%
Meridian, ID
-11%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Midland, MI
-11%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Naperville, IL
+47%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport News, VA
-12%
Oak Creek, WI
-7%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Oxford, MA
+11%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%

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