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Question DetailsAsked on 5/20/2014

How much paint would be needed for a 2,200 sq ft 2 story stucco home

I have a 2 story 2,200 sq ft stucco home that hasn't been painted since it was initially stuccoed in 1995. It is a cream color now and I am interested in painting it a medium dark color. How much paint will I need?

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Depends a lot on the porosity (how exposed the stucco is) - can run from 100-150 SF/gallon coverage rate for new stucco, commonly 150-200SF/gallon for first coat over old stucco like yours, and around 200-300SF/gallon for second coat. See label on can, but they are typically 25-50% optimistic on coverage rates, in my experience, especially for rough surfaces. Coverage obviously better if sprayed than roller or brushed, because thinner coat.

Be sure you can return unused paint (if not custom color mixed), and you will save a bundle by buying in 5 gallon pails rather than cans - typically save enough that even if you have almost 5 gallons left over you still save money overall, for a normal sized house.

If you do find you have to go back and get more, try to do an entire wall with the new batch, not mix batches on any one wall. Your best result is to get overbuy and keep some for touchups later, but if you have to buy more, do so before you use the last can/bucket of what you have, and mix the two together to get it closer to a match.

Be sure to intermix all cans/buckets before starting - to avoid tone variations. This may mean you need to buy an empty pail to mix them in.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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