Paint the Exterior of a House-Patching & Caulking

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Painter Steve White demonstrates how to patch and caulk the walls of a house.

    Steve White: Hi, my name is Steve White with MasterCraft Painting here in San Diego and I am going to show you a little bit about stucco patching today, here with the Stucco homes that we have in California. Lots of times what you are going to see is damaged stucco. Right now, this is the finished product after we have applied the stucco but if you have a hole, loose stucco like this you are going to need to come back and use the stucco patch to make the surface good looking.

    So some of the tools that we are going to be using are our floats, hand trowels and buckets to mix up stucco in. The first step in this process like we showed you before is power washing the house and that's going to remove any of the loose stucco and the deeper holes what we want to do is go ahead and float on and fill those deep holes with stucco.

    After we let this dry we are going to come along behind it and use a little bit looser mixture and we are going to do what's called the Spanish lace. It's the texture on this on this particular home and we are going to it's almost like a skip trial and it's a little bit tricky and you actually might be more comfortable hiring a professional for this. Takes years of experience to perfect this. After this texture is applied you are going to want to wait till that dries and we are going to put a coat of primer on that. In the patching and repairing phase, we have got one additional step that we use. We have got this stuff Flex-Tec, a special two component epoxy. It mixes in a special gun at the tip here and it's little bit expensive. It's about $50 for a kit but it's superior to Bondo or any other patching materials because of its flexibility.

    What we have done here is we have got a French window where again the moisture had got in to the surface of the wood and it has rotten out the wood. So we have gone ahead and mixed up the epoxy and smoothen it in to fill up this hole here and here and then we are going to sand it down and prime it and finish it. The advantage to this like I said is wood when it gets hot and cold it's going to expand and contract and if the patching material that's used is too hard, it's going to need to popping that patch out. This stuff is going to remain brittle and flex and move with the normal thermal expansions of the wood.