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We currently have a stucco "swirl finish" on the exterior of

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We currently have a stucco "swirl finish" on the exterior of two apartment blocks. We would like to change this to a "sand finish". The condition of the existing stucco is good, we would just like to change the colour and get a smooth flat finish.

Does anyone know of any other (cheaper) way apart from refinishing with another layer of stucco? Any paint that might fill in the swirls to give a flat finish?

Many thanks.


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Hello .. Rich here

do you still wish to chat about this project ?

have you gotten estimated to paint the buildings ? to compare the costs of the labor involved ?

how much area are you talking about covering in this project ?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thanks Rich.


Labour for painting and stucco (marmaran) are about the same $13-15k for both buildings.


The total wall sft is 15k.


Material cost for stucco (marmaran) is $20k - (Accrocrete S10 or similar)


Material for acrylic paint is $4k


Trouble is I cant find a paint which will cover the "swirl" and make a flat "sand" finish.



OK .. so the biggest difference in cost is the stucco material

let me check on other materials and get back to you

at first thought

I do not think that we are going to find a paint that will completely fill in the swirls on the first application

I am thinking that you will have to have something troweled on to completely fill the swirls and give you a flat finish

I guess the next thought is .. how flat a finish are you looking for? how much of the swirl can you tolerate showing thru the new finish ??

one more thought .. that stucco is a premixed product , I think

have you thought about mixing a sand and mortar mix skim coat stucco on site ?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Good idea, am meeting one of the contractors in 20 mins so will ask about mixing a sand and mortar mix then just painting on that.

I seem to think a ton of sand mixed with the mortar mix, like 3 or 4 bags, would cover about 4000 sqft in a skim coat

I was also thinking about having a sand texture sprayed on like they do a popcorn ceiling and then have it troweled smooth obviously not a heavy popcorn texture .. but a sand finish type stuff

the guys in this area use a squeegee to knock down the texture finish

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