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Elastomeric paints

Posted by Bill Darlington on March 13th, 2001 11:38 PM
In reply to Don't paint stucco by Brian Ewing on September 23rd, 1998 08:40 AM [Go to top of thread]

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I am sure that Brian is offering his advice with the best of intentions. The fact that he is in the stucco business is probably just a coincidence. He is, however, grossly uninformed about elastomeric paints and their qualities. My advice to any client, commercial or residential, is never to coat stucco if it can be avoided. There are situations, however, that can be better resolved through application of a QUALITY elastomeric product. 1) There are elastomerics with expansion coifficients of over 300%!!! regular paints have little or no expansion properties. They simply crack with the wall. 2) Modern elastomerics are not at all like rubber. They are SPECIFICALLY formulated to be "breathable", meaning that they will allow water vapor molecules to escape, but will not allow the larger water molecule to penetrate. They are similar to "Gortex", if you are familiar with the amazing properties of that product.3) Elastomerics are as UV resistant as any paint. Your best bet is to do a search for "Elastomeric paints", and just read as much as possible. Stucco patching is out of the question for a structure of advanced age. Matching sun bleached stucco is extremely difficult, and costly. Don't believe everything you read. Even this. Good Luck

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