How Do I Check Stucco for Chalkiness?

How Do I Check Stucco for Chalkiness?

Answers to pro painter’s most pressing questions by Rick Watson

A reader asked: I’m painting a stucco exterior. What’s the best test for chalkiness and how do I tell if a barrier coat is needed?

First of all, washing or powerwashing with just cold water may not remove these contaminants. A good cleaner/degreaser used in conjunction with washing may help remove the chalk.

If some chalk remains after first washing, then wash again for complete removal; scrubbing may be necessary. Rinse well with clear water. Allow to dry thoroughly.

I would recommend using Loxon® Conditioner Guide Coat White as the primer/sealer/conditioner prior to finish coating.

Loxon® Conditioner is a 100 percent acrylic emulsion conditioner that will penetrate and seal interior and exterior concrete surfaces and bond light chalk to the surface.

This article was originally published in the Summer 2018 issue of PPC magazine. Rick Watson, Product Information, Sherwin-Williams, answers contractor questions in the Ask Your ProPartner™ column of PPC magazine. Read more of his answers here.

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