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I am a homeowner :jester: I have been perusing these boards for a while, and find the information fascinating. Much respect for the pro painter :notworthy: I have a paint sprayer and lots of spare time. I have painted many interiors in the past. Never exterior.
I have a big question. I have asked paint store clerks and a pro painter and get different answers. I have a 1970 stucco house that is in desperate need of painting. There are no cracks in the stucco. The current paint is not peeling. It is just faded from the sun (Florida) and ugly. Do I need to use a primer before painting? If so, what kind/ brand? Does anyone have experience with Clark+Kensington exterior paint? I have not seen anything bad about it written anywhere on the net. SW or BM is just not in the budget... I wanted to hire the job out, but I also want to keep peace in my household by saving $$$$. Thanks in advance!
 

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I am a homeowner :jester: I have been perusing these boards for a while, and find the information fascinating. Much respect for the pro painter :notworthy: I have a paint sprayer and lots of spare time. I have painted many interiors in the past. Never exterior.
I have a big question. I have asked paint store clerks and a pro painter and get different answers. I have a 1970 stucco house that is in desperate need of painting. There are no cracks in the stucco. The current paint is not peeling. It is just faded from the sun (Florida) and ugly. Do I need to use a primer before painting? If so, what kind/ brand? Does anyone have experience with Clark+Kensington exterior paint? I have not seen anything bad about it written anywhere on the net. SW or BM is just not in the budget... I wanted to hire the job out, but I also want to keep peace in my household by saving $$$$. Thanks in advance!
Before the thread gets closed I'd like to offer some info/suggestions.

I'm in Canada and never heard of that product/brand. Maybe ask repaint Florida what he thinks.

If the old coating is oil/alkyd based then yes you need to prime. If it's latex/acrylic no priming is needed.

Something I suggest and recommend is you get what you pay for. Cheap paint is cheap for a reason. Sometimes spending the extra $5/gallon goes a long way.

Sherwin Williams A100 is somewhat inexpensive and is a nice product to use.

If your not very experienced spraying then I suggest bankrolling to avoid light spots abd flash lines. Depending on what type of stucco you'll have to backroll anyways (here in Vancouver we have 4 different styles).

Another suggestion is mask everything you don't want paint on.

How this helps.
 

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First things to consider:

1. 70's stucco was unlikely painted with an oil base or alkyd ext. paint unless a Sears textured coating was applied

2. Do a hand wipe check for chalking

3. Wash building down with neutral ph water

4. If the stucco was chalky, then a masonry or stucco surface conditioner should be applied as a primer coat. (Sometimes sold as an additive to be incorporate into the finish coat)

5. Apply a 100% acrylic paint
 

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