The best exterior paint for stucco is a 100% acrylic paint. It’s durable and flexible. It is even better if the paint finish is satin or semi-gloss because they are more water-resistant. Elastomeric paints don’t work very well as the sun causes it to look flat and dull.
“I guess the last guy who painted our house used an elsato…elstato…that kind of paint,” Mike stutters. “Elastomeric paint,” Jennifer says helpfully.
The best paint for a stucco exterior also depends on the climate.
Hot, dry, sunny areas need paint that resists cracking and fading. Areas like this that are more desert-like needs a similar paint that’s also dirt-resistant. Warm, humid areas need a mildew-resistant paint.
“Prescott is mostly dry with low humidity, so it sounds like we need a paint which will work best for that,” Mike points out.
But even if you use the best exterior paint for stucco, it won’t last long if you don’t prepare your walls before you paint.