Painting Over A Rough Stucco Wall: How To Get The Job Done

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Painting Over A Rough Stucco Wall: How To Get The Job Done

25 November 2020
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Stucco walls are a common type of wall surface that can add dimension to a room. Some people use stucco to cover a wall that they don't want to replace with new drywall that was damaged from paneling glue or others may prefer the look of a stucco wall. If you have a stucco wall, at some point, you're going to want to paint it. When you are ready to paint your stucco wall, there are a few things you should know. Read on for helpful information.

What You'll Need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Roller (thick nap or rough surface rollers)
  • Long-handled extension pole
  • Painter's Tape


  1. To start, you should clean your wall. A stucco wall may have a lot of dust collected on the parts of the wall that protrude. You need to clean your wall thoroughly to help the paint adhere to your wall properly. Clean with a mixture of mild dish soap and water. Don't use too much soap, as you don't want the soap to interfere with the paint adhering properly either. 
  2. Once your wall is clean, you need to allow it to dry thoroughly. Allow for several hours for the wall to dry completely.
  3. After your wall is dry, you can begin painting. Use the painter's tape to keep paint from getting onto other surrounding surfaces such as baseboards, the ceiling, or connecting walls. Apply the painter's tape in these areas to protect them from your new paint.
  4. Next, take your paintbrush and begin cutting in the paint around your wall. You may also need to keep your paintbrush handy in order to get into some of the areas along the wall that the roller isn't able to get to.
  5. Use your roller next. It should have a thicker nap, which means that it is a sponge roller that is made for rough surfaces. Paint the rest of your wall. The thicker nap roller will help get into the grooves of the wall for a more even paint job.
  6. After you have finished your first coat, take a close look at your wall to be sure you filled in all of the grooves with paint, then paint anywhere that you missed. Allow the first coat to dry, then apply a second coat if need be in the same manner as the first.

Painting a stucco wall can be time-consuming, as the grooves make it more difficult to paint quickly. If you don't want to do this work yourself, a painting contractor can get it done for you.