Using Stucco Sealer
Stucco is a material that is used to decorate surfaces both on the inside and the outside of a house, and it has gained popularity due to its ease of purchase, use, and availability. You can use stucco to easily handle different kinds of weather such as rain, sleet, snow, and high winds. This makes it a widely used material for home improvement and restoration projects in communities around the country. However, stucco is not as waterproof as some other materials used on exterior environments, which means that when it is left unprotected in its natural state, it can suffer damage from water absorption and eventual cracking, leaking, or staining. Such damages may be preventable or at least reduced when you use a stucco sealer to add a waterproof coating to your outside stucco. This can reduce the amount of water that is absorbed into the stucco and keep the material looking and performing better for longer periods of time. It is not very difficult to learn to use a stucco sealer on your own to keep your stucco surface in good condition. With a little work, you too can have a finish that looks and functions the same way as one done by professionals.
The first step in making use of a stucco sealer is to gather your materials. It is best to have everything you need in one place before you start, as it will mean less searching around for individual pieces later on when you need them. For projects involving stucco sealer, you will generally need some drop cloths, a wire brush of some kind, a garden hose or other means of supplying water, a medium sized paint brush, and a stucco sealer that is water proof.
Once you have all of your equipment in place, you can begin. You should place the drop cloths you have gathered flat on the ground from one end of the exterior stucco wall you are planning to waterproof to the other. This will ensure you do not make too much of a mess if you accidentally spill any stucco sealer while you are working.
The next step will be to scrub the surface of the stucco exterior with a wire brush so you can remove any debris or dirt that is sticking to the stucco surface. You will want to scrub the surface gently so you do not begin to peel or scratch away the stucco itself.
Next, you will want to spray the surface of the stucco exterior with your garden or water hose so you can remove any debris that is still on the surface. At this point, you will want to take a break so the wall can dry itself out completely before you continue with the process. If you try to apply the stucco sealer while the stucco is not yet dry, it will not apply evenly and you may have to break out the garden hose again to remove the sealer and start from the beginning with the wire brush.
Finally, once the stucco has dried from the spray of the garden hose, you can begin to apply a layer of the stucco sealer itself onto the surface of the stucco, using firm and steady brushstrokes. You will want to apply a single layer at first and remember to push the bristles of the paint brush into all of the tiny and pitted spots located inside the wall; this will help the entire surface be full of the sealer. Once the sealer has completely air dried, the stucco will be sealed and ready for use.