= Stucco exterior. Is this paint “flashing” or is it just the light/texture difference? =


Hi all. My house is currently being painted with SW Emerald. They used BM Ultra Spec masonry primer before painting. They are spraying and rolling. I was told that 2 coats were to be used but they have been doing a heavy coat and rolling it. They went through 40 gallons. They are not done painting trim and doing touch ups

I’m wondering, does this look normal to you on stucco with a knockdown texture? This type of sheen difference is very common in my community… but that doesn’t mean it’s correct lol. And it only looks like this during certain parts of the day

If this is a problem, what’s the fix? Another light coat rolled throughout?
Kinda hard to tell from pictures. But here is my opinion

I'm in the Midwest, but I often have issues making stucco look great. It looks good, but not great. As you mentioned, texture and sheen differences become a problem no matter how many times you spray and backroll

If you say the whole neighborhood has the same look, and you can only tell in certain lighting, I'd leave it be. It sounds like they have done everything right. They used a masonry primer, and are spraying and back rolling a high-end exterior paint. I don't know much more they can do

All that being said, something is up with the area around the gutter, but I'm not sure what has happened

If you're putting satin on stucco it needs two coats period and two coats means two coats, 1 coat, let dry and then another coat applied, none of the spray and backroll and saying "it's like two coats" a lot of painters seem to have a problem with doing two seperate solid coats

Apply LoxonXP or Elastomeric. At a rate of about 150sqft/g. Spray and backroll. Let dry 24 hrs between costs to ensure proper holdout. Not in direct sunlight or on a hot day. Slightly cloudy with mild temperatures are best. What you are seeing is basically a result of too thin a dry mil thickness. Loading it up will solve the problem

These painters are using the best in class, premium emerald paint and a masonry primer prior to the top coat. The back rolling is to ensure all areas of the stucco are properly covered. The painters are utilizing the highest quality paint and ensuring appropriate coverage. The millimeters of thickness can be measured by painters and painters are professionals at applying paint and understanding appropriate coverage and in accordance with manufacturers specs. I do not see anything wrong with the paint job and/or the paint system they are utilizing. You also stated they have not completed touch ups. Reputable professionals will hold themselves to a high standard, so allow them the opportunity to finish and touch up, prior to judging the quality of their performance. The fact that these guys bid on your high end home shows their confidence as a company and their product choices also confirms their high standards. You should be pleased with the end result, after project completion. When the contractor finishes and does their customer walk around, point out anything you would like detailed or touched up further. Contractors prefer you point out whatever you see to them, so they can immediately touch up, rather than a complaint later or a customer who is not fully satisfied. I am a commercial and residential contractor in Houston

Yeah, so what you’re seeing is flashing from both the spray pattern and the backroll technique. That stuccoup loads of paint. To get it all sealed you would need more like 3x that much paint. They should not be back rolling over that texture. Have them do a section without back rolling and watch the difference

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